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

Wibke Straube

PhD Project:

Touching the Limits: Utopias of Transgender Embodiment in Contemporary Cinema

 

 

Description of the Project

 

»Touching the Limits: Utopias of Transgender Embodiment in Contemporary Cinema« is a doctoral research project in which I examine spaces of disidentification (Butler, Muñoz) within Trans*Cinema. My project engages predominantly with mainstream film productions. In particular, am I concerned with dis_identificatory spaces for trans* spectators within these films. The project draws on films such as »Boys don’t Cry« (1999), »Transamerica« (2005) or »Laurence Anyways« (2012) as well as many more that have been released since the beginning oft the 1990s.
I conceptualize certain elements of these films as »exit scapes,« which engender spaces of intimate and multisensorial engagement between film and viewer. My project is based on queerfeminist and trans*feminist discussions of embodiment, agency, affect, and subjectivity. It draws on feminist materialist notions of performativity, body, and matter.
                                         

Particulars

 

Studied Gender Studies and Modern German Literature at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin; Gender and Media Studies at University of Sussex (Great Britain). 2005 – 2006 associated member at the research training group »Gender as a Category of Knowledge«. PhD candidate in Gender Studies at Linköpings Universitet (Sweden).

   
Selected Publications

If you can dream it … – Trans* Gender als Counter-Narrativ im populären Kino. In: Le lieu du genre. La narration comme espace performatif du genre, hg. v. Patrick Farges, Cécile Chamayou-Kuhn u. Perin Emel Yavuz, Paris 2011. S. 181 – 196.


Space to Practice. A Conversation with Rae Spoon. In: Hugs and Kisses. Tender to all Genders 2 (2008). S. 46 – 49.

   

Contact

http://www.tema.liu.se/tema-g/medarbetare/ straube-wibke?l=en&sc=true

wibke.straube@gmail.com