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INCISE Visiting Professor Dr. Ulrike Auga: IDAHOBIT and Inaugural Lecture, 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.



IDAHOT Lecture 17 May – The personal is political (or why family law needs political philosophy): Religion and transphobia in the courtroom – Professor Aleardo Zanghellini

2017-05-17 Poster ZanghelliniLecture for IDAHOT
(International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia)

[Download our event poster as a PDF here]

The personal is political (or why family law needs political philosophy): Religion and transphobia in the courtroom

Professor Aleardo Zanghellini

17 May 2017, 5pm in Lg16 at Canterbury Christ Church University

Abstract: In this paper I discuss a recent Family Court decision in which a parent who transitioned to a different gender after separation was denied direct contact with her children.  The reason why the Court rejected the trans parent’s application for a contact order was that, had the children maintained contact with her, they would have been rejected by the fundamentalist Orthodox Jewish community within which they and the cisgender parent live. I critique the soundness of the Court’s decision, including on the ground that it has the effect of ratifying religious transphobia, and I argue that neither the law nor the children’s best interest required this outcome. I also argue that political philosophy can help us understand why.

aleardozanghellini_lBio: Aleardo Zanghellini is Professor of Law and Social Theory at the School of Law, University of Reading. His areas of research interest are law, gender & sexuality; legal philosophy; and law & literature. Prof Zanghellini’s work regularly appears in leading international journals. His 2015 book, The Sexual Constitution of Political Authority, is an analysis of the erotic dimensions of state power, arguing that the disavowal of male same-sex desire has been, and partly remains, central to mainstream understandings of political authority.