Louka Maju Goetzke

Editor and Trainer
 & 
Doctoral Researcher
Goethe University Frankfurt



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 NEWS  

New Publication | Plakazin beim TONIC-Magazin
Das TONIC-Plakazin N°8 (Plakat + Magazin) ist frisch aus dem Druck. Darauf eine Geschichte über Graubereiche, Konsens & männliche Egos, aus dem Französischen von Elisa Crabeil und mir, Illustration von Loan Capitaine. Zum Lesen und an die Wand hängen im TONIC-Magazin-Shop zum Selbstkostenpreis von 3€

Project News | Workshops on Playfully Teaching Gender & Sexuality
We developped the first Educational Online Game on gender, sexuality, bodies, and personal boundaries in Germany: Sibel’s Journey. It will be available for free soon. And you can now already book workshops on how to bring these topics and the game into your classroom or youth groups!


Offenes Kolloquium des Inter*_Trans*_Wissensschaftsnetzwerks
Als Teil des Inter*_Trans*_Wissensschaftsnetzwerk findet regelmäßig ein Kolloquium statt, offen für inter*/trans* Forscher_innen und diejenigen, die auf eine nicht-pathologisierende Art und Weise zu Inter*- und Trans*Themen forschen. Bei Interesse und für weitere Informationen bitte eine Mail senden an kontakt_itw_kolloquium@riseup.net.



 
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Aug/Sept 2022
Visiting Research Fellowship
Centre for Transforming Sexuality and Gender,
University of Brighton, UK 
28.09.22
Conference Paper | "Doing Gender Transitions: Eine neomaterialistische Perspektive auf Geschlechter in Bewegung" – DGS-Kongress, Bielefeld University, Germany
Oct/Nov 2022
Visiting Research Fellowship
GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies,
Karlstad University, Sweden

26.-28.10.22
Conference Paper | “Why should I change my body when I don’t suffer?” – The Role of Distress and Want in Gender Transitions from a New Materialist Perspective – 5th national conference for Gender Studies in Sweden: Shaping hopeful futures in times of uncertainty, Karlstad University, Sweden







RESEARCH


I am a doctoral candidate in Sociology in the cooperative Research Training Group “Doing Transitions” of Goethe University Frankfurt am Main and Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, holding a fellowship by the German Research Foundation.

My Ph.D. project looks at Gender Transitions through the lens of  new materialism. I am interested in how gender transitions become evident as transitions. Following theorist Susan Stryker, I understand gender transitions as non-linear movements across socially imposed boundaries, away from an unchosen starting place, the gender assigned at birth. Based on semi-structured interviews I conducted with people who transition in Germany, I aim at a situated description of the boundary drawing processes that shape gender transitions. For this, I make use of a new materialist methodology based on Karen Barad’s Agential Realism and Gilles Deleuze’s Difference-in-itself.




“The only way
to get outside the dualisms
is to be-between,
to pass between”


Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari in A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, 227 



 RESEARCH  INTERESTS 

  • Feminist Theory and Criticism of Science
  • Trans Studies
  • New Materialisms
  • Temporality and Transformation
  • Subjectification and Self Formation

PUBLICATIONS


 ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS 


Monograph
Goetzke, Louka Maju (forthcoming). Werden statt Sein: VerUneindeutigung und positive Differenz. Hamburg: Marta Press

Articles (peer-reviewed)
Goetzke, Louka Maju (2022). Doing Gender Transitions. Geschlechterübergänge in neomaterialistischer Perspektive und ihr Potential für die Übergangsforschung. Zeitschrift für Pädagogik Beiheft 68/2022, Seite 82 - 97

Goetzke, Louka Maju, Müssig, Magdalena (2020). Die Covid-19-Pandemie bedroht alle. Geschützt werden nur einige. Femina Politica, Heft 2/2020: Politiken der Generativität und Reproduktive Rechte, Seite 121 - 122. [PDF]

Articles (non-peer reviewed)
Goetzke, Louka Maju, Schwertel, Tamara (2021). Neuer Materialismus. socialnet Lexikon. Bonn: socialnet. [online]

Goetzke, Louka Maju, Müssig, Magdalena (2020). Familismus in der Coronakrise. Soziologiemagazin, Blogreihe 8: Soziologische Impulse während Corona. [online]

Copy Editing 
transcript Verlag
Appenroth, Max,  Castro Varela, María (2019) Trans & Care: Trans Personen zwischen Selbstsorge, Fürsorge und Versorgung. 


 NON-ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS 

I regularely write journalistic articles for different media and am part of the editorial team of TONIC Magazin and Neue Narrative Magazin. In the latter, I publish my column Geschlechtergefühle (engl.: GenderFeelings) in each print edition.

Recent topics included
︎  Why Money is a sexist Invention
︎  Toxic Masculinity: Is Masculinity unhealthy?
︎  Female Leadership: Does Leadership need a gender?
︎  Why you should have unisex Toilets at Work
︎  Toxic Positivity: When Optimism becomes cruel
︎ Commoning for an Economy without Competition 


For a comprehensive list of journalistic publications, please check my torial profile.


TALKS


 CONFERENCE PAPERS  peer-reviewed 

16/06/2022: Doing Gender Transitions from a new materialist perspective. European Feminist Research Conference, Universität Milano-Bicocca

13/06/2022: Becoming what you ought to have always been: Nature/culture boundary-making in Gender Transitions. Mid-term Conference des ESA RN 33 (Women’s and Gender Studies), Universität Milano-Bicocca

15/03/2022: Übergangsforschung als Grenzziehungspraktiken anhand einer Studie zu Gender Transitionen. Paper at 28. DGfE Kongress ENT | GRENZ | UNGEN, 13-16 März 2022, University Bremen

20/09/2021: „Und dann konnte ich mich zum ersten Mal selbst so sehen.“ – Zur Rolle von Un_sichtbarkeiten in Gender Transitionen. Paper at 8. Jahrestagung der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Geschlechterforschung „Ambivalente Un_Sichtbarkeiten“

01/09/2021: Gender Transitions as a Sociotechnical Issue: A New Materialist Approach. Conference Track Science and Technology. 15th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Barcelona

21/07/2021: Crossing Boundaries: Gender Transitions as more-than-human-assemblages. Int. Conference “Frontiers of Humanity and Beyond: Towards new critical understandings of borders”, CHAM Centre for the Humanities Lissabon

21/05/2021: Towards fugitive subjectivities. Trans as a non-linear and deterritorialising movement. Conference „Creative Bodies – Creative Minds“, University of Graz


 LECTURES & PAPERS  non-peer-reviewed/by Invitation 

26/05/2022: Gendertransitionen: Geschlechtliche Transformationsprozesse als materiell-diskursive Assemblage. 7. Jahrestagung der Kulturwissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft (KWG), University of Graz

01/10/2021: Gender Transitions in Transformation: How do gender transitions emerge? A situated study with trans(itioning) subjects in Germany. Talk at the  Interdisciplinary Online-Symposiums "Gender in Transformation Processes: Central and Southeast European Perspectives", University of Graz, Austria, University of Zadar and the Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, Split, Croatia
 
07/2017: Ein Recht auf mein Geschlecht: Über und gegen die Pathologisierung von Trans*-Personen – University of Freiburg


 ORGANISED PANELS 

26-28/05/2022: Zum Status von Materialität und materiellen Kulturen. Posthumane und neomaterialistische Perspektiven [EN: On the status of materiality and material cultures. Posthuman and neomaterialist perspectives], 
7. Jahrestagung der Kulturwissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft (KWG), University of Graz

15/03/2022: Doing Transitions: Herstellung und Verhandlung
von Grenzen und Zugehörigkeiten an Übergängen
[EN: Doing Transitions: Producing and Negotiating Boundaries and Belongings in Transitions], 28. DGfE Kongress ENT | GRENZ | UNGEN, 13-16 März 2022, University of Bremen


 POSTER PRESENTATIONS 

12/2021: Doing Gender Transitions in neomaterialistischer Perspektivierung. Staying with the trouble. 25 Jahre Forschungsschwerpunkt Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung in Hessen 

02/2020: Doing Gender Transitions, International conference „Doing Transitions in the Life Course”, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

10/2019: Queere Identitätskritik und positive DifferenzInternational conference “Categories in Flux”, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen


 OTHER TALKS ︎ MEDIA ENGAGEMENT 

04/2022
Talking about the Temporality of Forming a Desire to Transition –  for an episode of the Queer Lit Podcast by Lena Mattheis 

12/2020
Interview on Neoliberal Promises, Individualism, Normalcy and Transformation – by Podcast Rote Brause, Neues Deutschland

10/2020
 


09/2014
Panel guest with Hans Werner Kilz, Bildung und Medien – talent! Junge Medienmacher



TEACHING & TRAININGS 


 ACADEMIC TEACHING 


Becoming different (from each other)
Undergrad Seminar, Goethe University Frankfurt, Summer Term 2022,
M.A. & B.A. Gender Studies, B.A. Sociology & Educational Sciences
Keywords: Theories of difference and differenciation, Doing Difference, Intersectionality, New Materialism, Relational Ontology, Difference-in-itself, Agential Realism, Relational Becoming

Doing Gender Transitions – Geschlecht in Bewegung 
Guest lecture in a seminar “Introduction to the Sociology of Gender”, B.A. Sociology, Goethe University Frankfurt, Summer Term 2022

New materialist approaches to transitions
Guest lecture in a team-taught seminar “Zu Übergängen forschen” together with Tamara Schwertel, M.A. Educational Sciences, Goethe University Frankfurt, Summer Term 2021

Gender Transition: Eine Reise von einem Geschlecht ins andere?
Public Evening Lecture „Studium Generale: Doing Transitions – wie sich Übergänge im Lebenslauf herstellen“, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Summer Term 2021

Umgang mit Geschlechtervielfalt: Einführung in die Trans Studies
Undergrad Seminar, B.A. Gender Studies, Sociology & Educational Sciences, Goethe University Frankfurt, Winter Term 2020/21
Topics: Central notions in Trans Studies, (Historical) becoming of Trans Studies, Decolonial perspectives on gender and trans, Methodologies in Trans Studies

A New Materialist Methodology to Researching Gender Transitions
Guest lecture in a  a team-taught seminar “Zu Übergängen forschen – Perspektiven und Methoden zur Erforschung von Übergängen im Lebenslauf”, M.A. Educational Sciences, Goethe University Frankfurt, Summer Term 2020 


 TRAININGS  & WORKSHOPS  
 
I regularely give workshops and trainings on  
  • Gender and sexual diversity
  • Sexism: How it works and how we unlearn it
  • Gender bias in journalism and inclusive (visual) language

As I’m entering the last year of my Ph.D., I’m not available for trainings at the moment. If you are interested in a training taking place in late 2023, don’t hesitate to contact me. I facilitate in English, German and French, online and offline, and happily develop a training adjusted to your needs. 

I’ve mostly facilitated workshops and trainings for journalists, NGOs and youth work projects such as: 
Ringier AG, BLICK, Switzerland    |     Heinrich Böll Foundation, Germany   |    re:publica Conference, Germany   |   Deutsch-türkische Jugendbrücke, Turkey & Germany    |   Zinefest Berlin, Germany   |  Global Education Digital Youth Work Project, Turkey & Germany    |   Z2X – Das Festival der Neuen Visionäre – Die ZEIT, Germany   |   Gendered Intelligence, UK    |   Solijugend, Germany    |   Grüne Jugend, Germany    |  
Ringier AG, BLICK, Switzerland    |     Heinrich Böll Foundation, Germany   |    re:publica Conference, Germany   |   Deutsch-türkische Jugendbrücke, Turkey & Germany    |   Zinefest Berlin, Germany   |  Global Education Digital Youth Work Project, Turkey & Germany    |   Z2X – Das Festival der Neuen Visionäre – Die ZEIT, Germany   |   Gendered Intelligence, UK    |   Solijugend, Germany    |   Grüne Jugend, Germany    |