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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Gender as a Category of Knowledge

Persson Perry Baumgartinger

Dissertation project:

State Regulation of the Sex/Gender Binary: Critical Discourse and Dispositive Analysis of the
»Transsexuellen-Erlass« 1980 – 2010 in Austria



Description of the Project


This transdisciplinary and empirical research project surveys state regulation of the sex/gender binary and its negotiation using the example of the so-called »Transsexuellen-Erlass« in Austria. The project analyzes the discoursive context in which, and the dispositive conditions out of which, the edict was developed. It also explores the consequences and impact of the edict. Through the critical historical analysis of its developement 1980 – 1983 and its negotiation until 2010, a dispositive (apparatus) is created. Therefore this study develops a special methodology, critical discourshistorical dispositive analysis, which combines critical discourse analysis with approaches of dispositiv and governemental theories, as well as queer and transgender studies. The aim is to critically outline the dispositive (apparatus) in respect to the »Transsexuellen-Erlass« in Austria, going beyond disciplinary barriers.




Persson Perry Baumgartinger, studied applied linguistics, ethnology, Slavic studies, and gender studies at the University of Vienna; editor and coach, trainer and freelance researcher; 2011–2013 associate and fellow at the post graduate program; diverse scholarships and research projects (among others University of Vienna, City of Vienna, Association ][diskursiv); main research: critical discourse and dispositive analysis, transgender studies, queer linguistics.


Selected Publications


Trans*Bewegung Vergessen Erinnern. Die Anfänge der aktuellen Trans*Bewegung in Österreich. In: »When we were gender …«. Geschlechter erinnern und vergessen. Analysen von Geschlecht und Gedächtnis in den Gender Studies, Queer-Theorien und feministischen Politiken, hg. v. Jacob Guggenheimer, Jutta Isop, Doris Leibetseder u.a., Bielefeld 2013 (im Erscheinen). S. 126–139.

Queeropedia [print], hg. v. Referat für HomoBiTrans-Angelegenheiten, Wien 2013 (im Erscheinen).

Where Have All the Trannies Gone …, Wien 2011.

zus. m. Vlatka Frketić und Verein ][diskursiv (Hg.): TransPersonen am österreichischen Arbeitsmarkt, Wien 2008.


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