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Course Catalogue WS 2023/24


Theory seminar
SoSe 23
Target group
Main course / Diploma 2

This is a Hauptseminar, people from Grundstudium are very welcome, but experience in reading and discussing academic texts is a must. Texts will be mostly in English, some in German, we’ll speak English, Dinglish, and German.

No registration required, but attending the first session is a must.

Dates - place & time

12.04.2312.07.23MittwochWöchentlich14:00 - 16:00Filzengraben 8-10, Seminarraum KMW, 2.04
from-to14:00 - 16:00
LocationFilzengraben 8-10, Seminarraum KMW, 2.04

Seminar description

“Hell, I'm suspicious.“, writes Sandy Stone regarding medicalized discourse about “transsexuality” in her manifesto The Empire Strikes Back in 1987. One of the problems she sees for creating a posttranssexual counterdiscourse is that to “…attempt to occupy a place as speaking subject within the traditional gender frame is to become complicit in the discourse which one wishes to deconstruct.” Over thirty years, a large-scale “Stop Trans Pathologization” campaign, and decades of Queer Theory and Transgender Studies later, “posttranssexual”, postposttranssexual, transgender or non-binary counterdiscourse certainly exists. Yet, current trans_queer-antagonistic discourse still positions transness_queerness as some sort of “Phantom Menace” – to stay with Sandy Stones Star-Wars terminology. Furthermore, questionable forms of self-ascribed allyship against queer- and transantagonistic moral panics often ignore decades of trans_queer_feminist writing. Understanding trans_queer feminisms as essential part of antifascist practice, we will read and analyze queer and trans feminist texts and manifestos that go beyond questions of representation and stay suspicious of categorizations.

Student office

Karin Cordes

Juliane Schwibbert

Katrin Seiniger

Claudia Warnecke

Heumarkt 14

50667 Köln

Tel.: +49 221 20189 - 194 /

119 / 187 / 249

Opening hours: Mondays + Tuesdays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m.    -    4 p.m.

For enquiries or appointments, please call us, Mon - Thu 9.30 to 1 p.m., or send us an e-mail.

Summer semester 2024

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Apr. 8, 2024 until Jul. 19, 2024

Winter semester 2024/25

Lecture period:
​​​​​​​Oct. 21, 2024 until Feb. 14, 2025

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