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Affective Activism. The feeling of belonging in transgender communities

Applicant Nay Yv Elvin
Number 186643
Funding scheme Return CH Postdoc.Mobility
Research institution
Institut de recherches sociologiques Faculté des Sciences de la Société Université de Genève
Institut des Etudes Genre Faculté des Sciences de la Société Université de Genève
Institution of higher education University of Geneva - GE
Main discipline Sociology
Start/End 01.06.2020 - 31.05.2021
Approved amount 105'056.00
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Discipline
Sociology
Political science

Keywords (6)

Politics of affect; Affect Theory; Political mobilisation and activism; Gender and Queer Studies; Transgender; Sociology of social movements

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Das vorliegende Projekt untersucht politische Initiativen von und für Transgender/Trans*, d.h. Personen mit nicht den herrschenden Normen entsprechenden geschlechtlichen Lebensweisen.
Lay summary
Insbesondere im vergangenen Jahrzehnt haben transgender Aktivist*innen vermehrt auf weitverbreitete und vielfältige Formen der Diskriminierung von Trans* aufmerksam gemacht. In der Folge wurden vielerorts innovative rechtliche Regelungen für die Anerkennung des selbstbestimmten Geschlechts eingeführt. Das Projekt untersucht Transgender Aktivismus als soziale Bewegung mit dem Ziel, neuartige Formen politischer De/Mobilisation und alternativer Arten und Weisen der Bildung von Gemeinschaften von Aktivist*innen zu erörtern. Der Fokus auf darin beinhaltete Affekte und Emotionen bildet der Ausgangspunkt, um bisherige Auffassungen, was soziale Bewegungen, Gemeinschaften und politische Intervention sind, neu auszuloten.
Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 12.07.2019

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Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
168679 Affective Activism. The feeling of belonging in Transgender Communities 01.02.2017 Early Postdoc.Mobility
177757 Affective Activism. The feeling of belonging in transgender communities 01.08.2018 Advanced Postdoc.Mobility

Abstract

This project titled "Affective Activism. The feeling of belonging in transgender communities" examines the recent extensive transnational political activism of transgender people - those expressing variance from gender-conforming norms. Transgender persons are increasingly visible, with unprecedented media coverage of transitioning celebrities; gender-non-conforming characters and performers in mainstream culture; and rising social movements to end violence against gender-variant people. This has increased politicians’, legislators’, and the publics’ awareness of the challenges facing transgender persons, prompting the drafting or adoption of innovative legislation on gender recognition in various jurisdictions. From a social science perspective, the large-scale changes achieved by transgender activists and their allies are remarkable. This project explores such transgender activism, which swiftly expanded from predominantly local dimensions to increasingly global social movements with transnational impact. This project provides a general account of the force of affect and emotions in building activist communities and political mobilisation, and a particular account of social movements involving transgender people. Focusing on affective activism, this project thereby contributes to the reconsideration of existing notions of political mobilisation, activism, and social movements in the social and political sciences.
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