Hardly any other topic has been discussed as heatedly in social media in recent years as trans*(gender). While those affected and allies argue for the individual's right to choose one's own gender, often questioning the very idea of gender binarism, opponents such as Texas Governor Greg Abbott see transgender rights as the epitome of misguided wokeism that threatens the "natural" order of gender.
This workshop explores why the identity category trans* attracts so much attention and its potential as a category for art, social change, philosophy, and cultural theory. The relationship between trans and feminism and between trans studies and queer studies will be addressed, as will questions of autofiction. Trans studies texts and examples of trans art are examined.
Rosemarie Brucher is Vice-Rector for Research at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna. She works at the intersection of theatre studies, German literature and cultural studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Theatre, Film and Media Studies from the University of Vienna. Her dissertation focused on Self-injury Performance Art and Immanuel Kant’s aesthetics of the sublime (Subjektermächtigung und Naturunterwerfung. Künstlerische Selbstverletzung im Zeichen von Kants Ästhetik des Erhabenen. Bielefeld: transcript, 2013). She just finished her postdoctoral thesis (Habilitation) on the discursive interrelations between theories of acting and theories of consciousness around 1900 (Theater & Doppeltes Bewusstsein: Zur Verhandlung dissoziativer Phänomene in Schauspieltheorien um 1900). She has worked and taught at the Institute for German Studies at the University of Vienna, at the Department of Theater Studies at the Berlin University of the Arts, and at the Center for Gender Studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, where she holds a tenure track position. From 2014 to 2015 she was a Max Kade Research Fellow and from 2015 to 2016 a Visiting Professor in the Department of German at New York University. Her academic career includes prestigious awards, fellowships and visiting professorships, such as the Doc-Award of the University of Vienna, the Research Fellowship of IFK Wien (Vienna International Research Centre for Cultural Sciences), the Käthe Leichter Guest Professorship of the University of Vienna and the Max Kade Fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Her research interests are Performance Art, Viennese Actionism, Aesthetics, Subject and Difference Theory, Gender, Queer & Trans Studies, as well as the interconnection between Art, Philosophy and Psychology around 1900.