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Affective Activism. The feeling of belonging in Transgender Communities

Applicant Nay Yv Elvin
Number 168679
Funding scheme Early Postdoc.Mobility
Research institution London School of Economics and Political Science
Institution of higher education Institution abroad - IACH
Main discipline Sociology
Start/End 01.02.2017 - 31.07.2018
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All Disciplines (2)

Discipline
Sociology
Political science

Keywords (6)

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

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Affektiver Aktivismus - Gefühle als grundlegende Kraft in politischen Gemeinschaften am Beispiel von Transgender
Lay summary

Das vorliegende Projekt untersucht politische Initiativen von und für Transgender/Trans*, d.h. Personen mit nicht den herrschenden Normen entsprechenden geschlechtlichen Lebensweisen. 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: 28.10.2016

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Publications

Publication
Das ‘Kindeswohl’ im Rahmen von ‘Regenbogenfamilien’-Politiken
Nay Yv (2018), Das ‘Kindeswohl’ im Rahmen von ‘Regenbogenfamilien’-Politiken, in psychosozial, 41(151), 79-88.
Feeling Family. Affektive Paradoxien der Normalisierung von ‘Regenbogenfamilien’
NayYv E. (2017), Feeling Family. Affektive Paradoxien der Normalisierung von ‘Regenbogenfamilien’, Zaglossus, Wien.
Affektiver Trans* Aktivismus – Community als Atmosphäre des Unbehagens
Nay Yv (2017), Affektiver Trans* Aktivismus – Community als Atmosphäre des Unbehagens, in Hoenes Josch (ed.), BIS Verlag, Oldenburg, 207-227.
The Atmosphere of Trans* Politics in The Global North and West
Nay Yv, The Atmosphere of Trans* Politics in The Global North and West, in Transgender Studies Quarterly TSQ, 5(1).

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Affekte und Effekte. Perspektiven der Gender Studies Talk given at a conference Queerfeministische Politiken der Affekte 23.07.2018 Ludwig-Maximilian Universtität Muenchen, Germany Nay Yv Elvin;
It's About Time Talk given at a conference Shadows of Time and The Yet to Come: Political Imaginaries of Human Rights 04.07.2018 Institute for Cultural Inquiry ICI Berlin, Germany Nay Yv Elvin;
Vorlesungsreihe Pflegewissenschaften Individual talk Trans* Health 27.03.2018 BGS Bildungszentrum Gesundheit und Soziales, Chur, Switzerland Nay Yv Elvin;
Ringvorlesung Politiken der Zugehörigkeit Individual talk Familiengefuhle – Die affektiv strukturierte Normalisierung von ‚Regenbogenfami-lien‘ 24.01.2018 Technische Universität Berlin, Germany Nay Yv Elvin;
Social Science History Association SSHA Conference Talk given at a conference Politics of Affect in Trans* Communities 02.11.2017 McGill University Montreal, Quebec Canada, Canada Nay Yv Elvin;
Unerzählte LGBTQ Geschichten. Ein Workshop Talk given at a conference Temporalitäten von Trans*. Von historischen ‹Anfängen› und politischen ‹Fortschritten› 27.10.2017 Universität Bern, Switzerland Nay Yv Elvin;
LSE speaker series Individual talk The Affective Structure of Global Trans* Politics 11.10.2017 London School of Economics and Political Science LSE, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Nay Yv Elvin;
Tagung der Gesellschaft für Geschlechterforschung Talk given at a conference The Structure of Affect in Trans* Activism 28.09.2017 Universität zu Köln, Germany Nay Yv Elvin;
Tagung Gesellschaft für Geschlechterforschung Talk given at a conference Affektive Paradoxien queerer Epistemologie – Heteronormativität affekttheoretisch gewendet 28.09.2017 Universität zu Köln, Germany Nay Yv Elvin;
Cultures of Difference Talk given at a conference Heteronormativity Beyond Anti-Normativity 09.06.2017 University of Cambrige, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Nay Yv Elvin;
Vorlesungsreihe Pflegewissenschaften Individual talk Trans* Health 22.03.2017 BGS Bildungszentrum Gesundheit und Soziales, Chur, Switzerland Nay Yv Elvin;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
It's About Time 04.07.2018 Institute for Cultural Inquiry ICI Berlin, Germany
Body Politics and Political Order: Technologies of Subjugation and Subversion 02.11.2017 McGill University, Montreal, Quebec Canada, Canada

Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Feeling Family Talk 01.06.2018 Linke Buchtage, Berlin, Germany
Feeling Family – Politiken der Normalisierung von ‚Regenbogenfamilien’ Talk 27.05.2018 Sonntagsclub e.V., Berlin, Germany
Geschlecht, Orientierung, Identität Talk 12.02.2018 Network, Gaybasel, habs queer basel, Switzerland
Geschlecht als Fluidität? Performances, exhibitions (e.g. for education institutions) 13.12.2017 Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland


Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Media relations: print media, online media Eine kritische Zusammenschau der Forschung zu ‚Regenbogenfamilien‘ www.regenbogenfamilien.ch International German-speaking Switzerland Rhaeto-Romanic Switzerland Italian-speaking Switzerland 2018
Media relations: print media, online media Tour d’horizon critique de la recherche sur les familles « arc-en-ciel » www.regenbogenfamilien.ch Western Switzerland International Italian-speaking Switzerland 2018

Awards

Title Year
Brigitte-Schnegg-Preis für Geschlechterforschung, Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Geschlechterforschung SGGF 2017

Associated projects

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

Abstract

This project examines the recent extensive political activism of transgender people-those expressing gender varying from conforming norms-in a transnational context. Particularly in the last decade, the political activism of transgender people has raised awareness of the widespread discrimination that gender-variant people face. As a result, innovative legislation on gender recognition has widely been adopted. From a Social Science perspective, this turn in regulating non-conforming gender representations and identities is remarkable. This project will analyse how this social movement grew large and strong so rapidly, how the assembling of activists is to be understood, and how existing Social Science understandings of ‘political mobilisation’ and ‘political action’ need to be reconsidered.Using an ethnographical methodology, this project analyses the narratives and practices of activists in transnational transgender organisations. This study suggests, firstly, that shared feelings of a bodily and social stigmatisation provide the basis for emotionally felt atmospheres in transgender activism. It asks how they forge a sense of belonging of transgender activists to their communities. Secondly, this project scrutinises how these affective communities are constituted on the notion of ‘transgender’-a term intertwined with the legal, medical and political regulation of gender-variant expressions that secures citizenship for some transgender people at the expense of others, while reifying forms of racism, xenophobia, and class privilege. Thirdly, this project examines the fissures in the sense of belonging to these communities forged by such exclusions. Subsequently, the project argues that the complex feelings of belonging to transgender communities require a renewal of the sociological notions of community and the political as such.In sum, the project explores the newly established edge of affects and political activism in the recent realm of transgender lives. Thereby, it challenges existing conceptions of political community and social movement and asks how political de/mobilisation and activism are to be encompassed by Social Science today.
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