Autor: Kathrin

butler on the critical perspective

Without the critical perspective, politics relies fundamentally on an unknowingness – and a depoliticizsation – of the very relations of force by which its own field of operation is insituted.

The questioning of taken-for-granted conditions becomes possible on occasion; but one cannot get there through a though experiment, en epoché, an act of will. One gets there, as it were, through suffering the dehiscence, the breakup, the ground itself.

Judith Bulter, Is Kinship Always Already Heterosexual?

Hamburg, 4.10.2006: Demonstration gegen Abschiebung

Die Familie Ahmad aus Hamburg ist akut von einer Abschiebung nach Afghanistan bedroht. MitschülerInnen der Ida-Ehre Gesamtschule (IEGS) in Eimsbüttel erklären sich solidarisch und organisieren Protest.

Als erstes deutsches Bundesland hatte Hamburg im Mai 2005 mit Abschiebungen von Flüchtlingen nach Afghanistan begonnen. Die zur Erlaubnis der Abschiebung erforderliche Sicherheit des entsprechenden Landes sei nach Innensenator Udo Nagel (parteilos) gegeben. Verschiedenste Organisationen beklagen jedoch die nach wie vor unstabile, unsichere Situation in Afghanistan.

Unterstützt die Demonstration der Ida-Ehre- SchülerInnen:
Mittwoch, 4.10. 13:30 Uhr vor dem Oberstufenhaus der IEGS am Lehmweg (U-Hoheluftbrücke). Von dort Demonstration zum Uni-Campus und zurück.

Work work W o r k

My paper is done! I am not really satified with it, but curious what my professor will say, but first of all, when he’ll be ready to say something.

Anyway, my next project is already on the table. Actually, it should have been finished by the end of last month, but I had no time for it. Or let’s say: I am not able to do two major things at a time. But I really want to get better on that particular problem of mine.

I am writing an article now that deals with family politics and the political, legal and fiscal recognition of different forms of living together and being responsible for another. I am trying to explore how a neo-liberal refamiliarization of individual economic security as well as household security opens up new possiblities for queer-feminist accounts regarding the recognition of the diverse forms families can exist in. This goes beyond campaigning for same sex marriage, by for example disconnecting household recognition from the idea that there is or was a couple in a sexual relationship. The main questions are: Does a queering of family politics go hand in hand with the privatisation of the social, and what, if anything, can we do about it?

There is an interessting statement on the issue which lots of people already signed, and I think that I’m going to take it as the main example in my paper:

Beyond Same-Sex Marriage: A New Strategic Vision for All Our Families & Relationships

Besides working on this paper, I going to prepare the introductionary seminar in political science, where I am going to be the tutor. It’s starting this month and I’ll have to teach the new undergraduate students how to find literature, how to read texts and how to write term papers. But for now, I am still dealing with the question of how the first session and the getting to know each other will take place.

Changing plans, getting finished

Last week, I decided to change my term paper intro a theoretical one. So I just compare the norm-based constructivist approach to International Relations with a poststructuralist one. There, I concentrate on Foucaults work on power-knowledge and governmentality.

I want to finish the paper this week. The comparison is still to be done and I want to outline some key problems regarding international organizations to narrow everything down to the question of how to analyse international organizations form a post-positivist view.

There is a very good, short text by Foucault that I highly recommend. It’s in a book by Dreyfus and Rabinow called “Foucault: Beyond Structuralism And Hermeneutics”; and on power-relations, governmentality etc. It’s a quite good source for very significant quotes.

Protest gegen Sat1 Show

Die Gesellschaft für afrikanische Philosophie hat einen Appell zum Protest gegen Sat1 wegen der neuen Reality-Show “Wie die Wilden – Deutsche im Busch”

Appell zum Protest (PDF)

… and we have

a new, alternative URL for this blog:

What am I doing?

… at the moment, I am working on a paper for a seminar about transatlantic relations. I am dealing with the World Trade Organizations Disputle Settlement System, but my main focus is a theoretical one. I want to compare two approaches, namely a norm-based constructivist one and a power-based poststructuralist approach. When talking about different theories in International Relations, one often emphasises the fact that constructivist approaches deal with norms and not with power like (neo-)realists do. My idea is to look if poststructrualism isn’t a way to bring power back into the focus without taking subjects, interessts and the material world out there for granted.

U R L – you are loved

Yai, I had an idea and got this blog a free URL and a new name:


Next step: Finding readers…

Today, I finished the Agamben theory chapter. I have outlined his major arguments on souvereignity, bare life/homo sacer and the camp as biopolitical paradigm. Section 2 of this chapter consits of 3 major critiques reagarding Agambens concept of power, his use of the term biopolitics and his idea of history (it seems kind of that the groundwork for the "biopolitical desaster", i.e. the shoa/holocaust is laid in antique greece concepts of politics and life, and that there is no way out).

By the way, this blog starts resembling another blog I quite like. It’s tam’s research musings where tam describes the process of writing her disertation on “desire, sexuality and gender identity in intimate relationships involving transpeople”. Take a look at

start again, start all over again

I think I am going to use this blog again and get it a ‘real’ URL. I just need an idea for a name. At the moment, I am struggeling with my work habbits. A 20-pages paper on Agamben in my politicle science seminar is finally due next wednesday, and I’d be glad to be done not absolutely last minuit.

The paper is basically on the question of murder within biopolitical societies. For Foucault, the justifaction for murder within the rationality of biopolitical societies is racism. I think, this conecption is too narrow, and I try to alter it by using Agambens bare lfe and homo sacer. At the moment, I am not quite sure if that’ll work, but I think it’s interessting to write about that stuff.

queering the humanities – confernence (2004) – book published

Elahe Haschemi Yekani und Beatrice Michaelis (Hg.), Im Auftrag des Zentrums für transdisziplinäre Geschlechterstudien der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin:

Quer durch die Geisteswissenschaften. Perspektiven der Queer Theory

Berlin: Querverlag, 2005. 312 Seiten. Sprachen: deutsch und englisch

Wie queer ist queer eigentlich noch? Kann queeres Leben nur in Metropolen stattfinden? Und wie queer sind Captain Kirk & Co. wirklich? Antworten auf diese Fragen und weiterführende Beiträge zu u.a. Black Queer Studies, Trans-/Intersexualität und queeren Intellektuellen sind in Quer durch die Geisteswissenschaften versammelt. Queer Theory ist heute weder aus dem öffentlichen noch aus dem universitären Diskurs wegzudenken. Mit Quer durch die Geisteswissenschaften erscheint nun ein Werk, das über den aktuellen Stand der Diskussionen informiert und dabei international etablierte Stimmen aus den Literatur-, Kultur-, Film- und Sozialwissenschaften vereint. Dieser Band bietet einen umfassenden Überblick zum jetzigen Forschungsstand nicht nur für DozentInnen, StudentInnen und sonstiges Fachpublikum, sondern eignet sich auch bestens für NeueinsteigerInnen als erster Einblick in die breit gefächerten Themen und Diskussionsfelder der Queer Theory.
Mit Beiträgen von u.a. Judith Halberstam, Robert Reid-Pharr, Alan Sinfield, Annette Schlichter, Stefanie von Schnurbein und Stephen Whittle