Professor Auga’s inaugural lecture and IDAHOT lecture at Canterbury Christ Church University on 21 May 2018
INCISE is delighted to announce the appointement of Prof. Dr. Ulrike Auga as Visiting Professor at INCISE.
Prof. Auga will give her INCISE Visiting Professorship Inaugural Lecture on
Challenging the Government of the Living
The Cult of Confession and Bodily, Material Resistance
Monday, 21 May 2018
5:30-7pm, Og32 (Old Session House, ground floor)
This is also INCISEs lecture marking the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). Book your place here (free).
Michel Foucault’s On the Government of the Living (2012) explains how confession and obedience shape the ‘modern’ concept of the subject. The ‘West’ developed a false concept of confession as ‘liberation’. Jo Sol’s documentary Fake Orgasm (2010) stages performer Lazlo Pearlman who explores the subversion of confessional culture via the use of the nude transsexual body. As a transsexual performer s/he* experiences the strong request of the audience to confess his/her* ‘identity’, which s/he* resists. Pearlman performs a corporeal insurrection. The presentation using film extracts elaborates how the performative and material body denounces the production of the ontological, identitarian body and bio-political regulations and allows for a genealogical, and critical discussion.
Ulrike E. Auga is Visiting Professor at the Intersectional Centre for Inclusion and Social Justice (INCISE) at Canterbury Christ Church University. Born in East Berlin, she is a Gender, Cultural and Religious Studies scholar at the Centre for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies at Humboldt University of Berlin (ZtG). Currently, Dr. Auga also teaches Gender Studies at the Paris Lodron University Salzburg, Austria. She is the Vice-President of the International Association for the Study of Religion and Gender (IARG). Her research interests include: Gender, Cultural Memory, Nationalisms, Fundamentalisms in Transition Contexts (South Africa, West Africa, East/West Germany); Gender, Performativity and Agency in the Visual Archive; Postcolonial, Postsecular, Gender / Queer theory development; Posthuman Epistemology.
Director of INCISE, Professor Bee Scherer spoke at the Canterbury Christ Church University World Mental Health Day 2016 (10 October). Bee addresses Mental Health from a Social Justice perspective, challenges ‘disability discourse as disabling discourse’ and zooms in on Trans Mental health.