embodiments


Subjectivity is always embodied subjectivity, which emerges as a versatile product of biographical experiences, overdetermined by historical and geopolitical power structures. Social norms and common sense, habitual practices of daily life and sophisticated disciplining shape embodiments and define which bodies count as healthy and highly productive, as male or as female, as disciplinable or as resistant. Yet, it is also the other way round: binary gender difference, health, or whiteness operate as normative ideals that gain power through being embodied and performed.

Nevertheless, embodied subjectivity is also a potential source and site of resistance. It might evolve from discrepancies between expectation and experience, or from failures of complying with aesthetic or ableist ideals. It is exactly because body norms – to be healthy, to be beautiful, to be disciplined, to be gendered – are so varied and numerous, that they intermingle and interfere and possibly contradict each other. In how far do such interferences or contradictions open up space for bodily resistance? What would it mean to say that a body develops a creative stubbornness, or inhabits a subversive counter-world?

The challenge consists in taking embodiment as a starting point for analysing heteronormative, racist, classist, anti-Semitic, and disabling power dynamics. Which alternative modes of embodiment develop from queer crip theory or the mutual exchange between critical disability and queer studies? Or from strategies of decolonizing racialized embodied subjectivities?

FORMER EVENTS
for a full overview of events, please scan the chronological archive

Antke Engel

13. June 2021

 

 

open online exchange

on the current Civil Status Law in Germany, which still lacks an egalitarian access to changing or resigning from legal sex_gender designations

 

Wed June 6, 2022 6-7:30 pm (online, in English)

Topic: Decertification: Abolishing Sex as Legal Category

Online exchange with Prof. Davina Cooper (Kings College London and research project The Future of Legal Gender)

Seeing the steps taken towards the introduction of the Self-Determination Act // Selbstbestimmungsgesetz in German law, we would like to expand the discussion to include the alternative of abolishing sex_gender as a legal caegory.

The research project The Future of Legal Gender (2018-2022)  led by Davina Cooper addresses this option under the heading “Decertification”. While the research provides most convincing arguments in favor of decertification, it also emphasizes that this in no way jeopardizes the legal commitment against discrimination or for legal measures fostering equality. On the contrary, anti-discrimination policies can become more complex and targeted. 

We would like to get into a dialogue with Davina Cooper about what their UK-based insights can mean for the German context, and what German discussions and legal developments may possibly provide for the British context.

Antke_Antek Engel and Jan Jules Himme

Please register: mail(at)queer-institut.de

Articles to download:

Cooper, D. and Emerton, R. (2020). “Pulling the thread of decertification: What challenges are raised by the proposal to reform legal gender status?”, in: feminists@law 10(2)

Cooper, D. (2020).  “Taking Public Responsibility for Gender: When Personal Identity and Institutional Feminist Politics Meet”, in: feminists@law 10(2)

Wakefield, Lilly: Abolishing legal sex and gender comes with 10(2) feminists@lawmany, many pros, radical new report finds (Pink News, May 11, 2022)

 

 

Thursday August 26, 2021, 6-8pm (online, in German)

Topic: Unconditional sex and gender transitions – legally and medically

Please register: mail(at)queer-institut.de

 

SharePic “uncoditional health-care. depathologize! oppose coercive diagnostics!

 

Wed June 30, 2021,  6-8pm (online, in German)

Topic: Visions – unconditional change of legal sex_gender status

Please register: mail(at)queer-institut.de

 

 

 

open online exchange

on the current Civil Status Law in Germany, which still lacks an egalitarian access to changing or resigning from legal sex_gender designations

 

Wed June 6, 2022 6-7:30 pm (online, in English)

Topic: Decertification: Abolishing Sex as Legal Category

Online exchange with Prof. Davina Cooper (Kings College London and research project The Future of Legal Gender)

Seeing the steps taken towards the introduction of the Self-Determination Act // Selbstbestimmungsgesetz in German law, we would like to expand the discussion to include the alternative of abolishing sex_gender as a legal caegory.

The research project The Future of Legal Gender (2018-2022)  led by Davina Cooper addresses this option under the heading “Decertification”. While the research provides most convincing arguments in favor of decertification, it also emphasizes that this in no way jeopardizes the legal commitment against discrimination or for legal measures fostering equality. On the contrary, anti-discrimination policies can become more complex and targeted. 

We would like to get into a dialogue with Davina Cooper about what their UK-based insights can mean for the German context, and what German discussions and legal developments may possibly provide for the British context.

Antke_Antek Engel and Jan Jules Himme

Please register: mail(at)queer-institut.de

Articles to download:

Cooper, D. and Emerton, R. (2020). “Pulling the thread of decertification: What challenges are raised by the proposal to reform legal gender status?”, in: feminists@law 10(2)

Cooper, D. (2020).  “Taking Public Responsibility for Gender: When Personal Identity and Institutional Feminist Politics Meet”, in: feminists@law 10(2)

Wakefield, Lilly: Abolishing legal sex and gender comes with 10(2) feminists@lawmany, many pros, radical new report finds (Pink News, May 11, 2022)

 

 

Thursday August 26, 2021, 6-8pm (online, in German)

Topic: Unconditional sex and gender transitions – legally and medically

Please register: mail(at)queer-institut.de

 

SharePic “uncoditional health-care. depathologize! oppose coercive diagnostics!

 

Wed June 30, 2021,  6-8pm (online, in German)

Topic: Visions – unconditional change of legal sex_gender status

Please register: mail(at)queer-institut.de

 

Queer Theory Videos

Bodies, Figurations, Worlds. Three Video Introductions to Queer Theory by Antke. A. Engel and Filmfetch (Tali Tiller und Magda Wystub). On Friday March 12, 4:30-6:30 pm the videos will be presented online as part of FernUni Hagen’s Gender Days.
In an artistic and experimental academic form these videos invite a wide public to encounter queer theory as a critique of structures of domination. Thinking difference through dynamics of power and desire they reflect on sex_gender and sexuality, the power of language, and modes of resistance to planetary inequalities and histories of violence.

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Queer Modes of Endurance

Thu 04 July, 2019, 7pm talk and discussion Ferdiansyah Thajib: Queer Modes of Endurance Queer bodies and subjectivities are enduring hegemonic normative structures that are tenaciously in place. They (have to) stay with, withstand, live through and suffer impossible conditions.
In this talk, I wish to engage with the political potentials of endurance through the lens of my ethnographic study with Muslim queer communities in Indonesia, in which the question of “When does it become violence” is then transposed into an inquiry of what happens when violence endures?

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