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 sex/gender transitions become evident as transitions and the differentiation from non-transitioning gender. 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
- Feminist Theory and criticism of science
- Trans Studies
- Socio-material approaches / new materialisms
- Practices of differentiation, transformation, temporalities
- Subjectivity, embodiment, (post-)modern self formation