Gaga Feminism. Rethinking Queer Anarchy

an evening with Jack Halberstam (organized by the Institute for Queer Theory)
January 27, 2013 at Silverfuture

Prize question: What do pregnant man Thomas Beatie, comic sponge Sponge Bob and pop star Lady Gaga have in common?

Whoever knows (k)one answer to this question wins participation in a conversation with Judith Jack Halberstam: The creator of "Gaga Feminism" sees the three aforementioned media figures all as harbingers of a change that will radically turn our ideas of kinship, gender and sexuality upside down. Judith Jack Halberstam and Jana Günther discuss how we can accelerate this change by becoming "gaga" ourselves and what all this has to do with queer anarchy.

Moderation: Sonja Erkens (Missy Magazine)

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Un_learning racialized Intimacies

Saturday 06th of June 2015, 13.30-17.30, Berlin-Neukölln

The workshop "Un_Learning Racialized Intimacies" with Gloria Wekker and Gail Lewis is meant to contribute to opening spaces of engagement and to search for queer forms of community in which different anti-racist queer positions do not have to separate themselves separatistically from each other.

When we speak of racialized intimacy, we mean not only erotic and sexual relationships, but also friendships as well as political contexts characterized by proximity (and the spectrum of conflict to trust therein). We believe it is politically interesting to address such intimacy; as well as the promises, desires, fears, and anxieties that accompany the entanglements of racialization and eroticization.

The notion of unlearning refers to Gayatri Spivak's expression, "to unlearn our privileges"; where we start from a complex, sometimes contradictory diversity of privilege and discrimination.

Why a writing workshop? The idea is to slow down the speed of potential conflict and take time to find formulations. What does it mean to not only express one's own position (perhaps in its contradictoriness and complexity), but also to find words for encounters with others (and accompanying experiences of similarity and otherness, of queerness and irritation)? How do histories of violence as well as colonial, racist and anti-Semitic, hetero- and body-normative, homo- and transphobic legacies enter into our perception and thinking? Short texts by Audre Lorde will serve as inspiration for our own writing.

Gloria Wekker and Gail Lewis are both from Audre Lorde's generation, were friends with her, and explicitly represent her perspectives of a practice of solidarity in the face of multiple differences and power relations within queer feminist and queer of color movements.

Audre Lorde (1934-1992) was a prominent U.S. writer and activist and described herself as a "black lesbian feminist mother poet warrior."

Gloria Wekker is author of The Politics of Passion and White Innocence (DukeUniversity Press, forthcoming) and formerly a professor of gender studies at Utrecht University (NL).

Gail Lewis holds a PhD in sociology and is a psychotherapist at Birkbeck College, London (UK); she works on gendering and racialization in postcolonial contexts.

Any writing language; instruction and group discussion: English

Please register (limited number of participants):

Organized by
Lena Eckert, Antke Engel, Sabrina Saase and Kathy-Ann Tan.

The workshop is part of the event series "Challenging Neocolonial Relations. Queer and Diasporic Forms of Ver_lernen" (Institute for Queer Theory).

Sponsored by the Amadeu Antonio Foundation. Thank you!

Drawing: Zeichnung: Laylah Ali, courtesy of the artist; Grafik: Kathy-Ann Tan


The comic strip "I see something you don't see, or: Who sees whom here?"

was conceived and drawn by Imke Schmidt and Ka Schmitz as part of the work of the GenderKompetenzZentrum.

It deals - experimenting with drawings - with questions about the pictorial representation of diversities and power entanglements:

"Why is a stick figure automatically a stick figure? What happens when I want to ascribe to it an identity other than the 'norm'? And how does that even work?"

I see what you don't see
Comic by Imke Schmidt and Ka Schmitz,
published by the GenderKompetenzZentrum
Berlin, 2010 (17 p.)

The comic can be ordered for a nominal fee of 8.50 (including postage and shipping) from:

subtle? how sexuality gets racialized

The Subtle Racialization of Sexuality series

Workshop, April 23/24, 2012, TrIQ, Berlin

with Nana Adusei-Poku, Antje Barten, Zülfukar Cetin, Tülin Duman,Henriette Gunkel, Urmila Goel, Anja Michaelsen, Thoralf Mosel, Saideh Saadat-Lendle, Leticia Sabsay.

How is sexuality deployed for political ends? … in official state politics, in the media, in activism? Do political struggles acknowledge intersections between homo- and transphobia, able-bodiedness, and racism? Is “subtle” racialization a euphemism, or does it allow us to point out particular forms of dis/articulating racism? The workshop explores in more depth the discussions initiated by the lecture series „“The Subtle Racialization of Sexuality“ through activating knowledge and experiences from activism and project work.


· Political self-definition and solidarity in postcolonial times and places

· Queering kinship

· The (neo)liberal promise

· Redefining and redesigning publics

In cooperation with Gladt e.V.


Funded by hannchen mehrzweck stiftung


Booklet: 10 Years Institute for Queer Theory (iQt)

Pleasures in Complexity and Confusion

A booklet, published in 2016, introduces the work of the iQt

The iQt's work is defined by taking pleasure in complexity, confusion, and controversy. Its overarching concern is a critical reflection on both the binary order of gender as well as heterosexual dominance. Its focus is on dismantling hierarchic, exclusionary, and normalizing modes of organizing gender and sexuality, without losing sight of how different power structures interweave with (and amongst) each other.

Queer politics works within the paradoxical tension between fighting difference as a construction of inequality and fostering difference as uniqueness. The goal, however, is to promote non-hierarchic differences and to find an equally respectful and empowering way of interacting with asymmetries and the ineluctable otherness of others.

The following booklet captures the first 10 years of the Institute for Queer Theory, 2006-2016.

Lust an Komplexität und Irritation //
Pleasures of Complexity and Confusion
10 Jahre Institut für Queer Theory
10 Years Institute for Queer Theory

Antke Engel, Jule Jakob Govrin, Eva von Redecker (eds.)
Berlin, 2016 (96 pages)
Copyright: Gender/Queer e.V. (Berlin)
ISBN 978-3-00-053141-5
€ 8,- (€ 10,- incl. shipping)

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