Panel Discussion ‘Inter*ventions in History and History Writing: Inter* and Trans* Perspectives and Organizing’ on Feb 15, 2023.

The debate about which genders may exist and who may decide about the gender identity of persons is not new. Neither is the challenge to affirm other identities and bodies within the dominant binary gender order and to live self-determined life.

Since the German government has been working on the abolition of the in parts unconstitutional Transsexual Act and its replacement by a Self-Determination Act, debates about gender diversity have flared up again in the German public and media. However, historical framings of current debates rarely happens.

The panel discussion will therefore focus on making queer history(s) and genealogies visible, articulated and connected in order to embed current debates historically. We want to illuminate the history of inter* and trans* mobilization and organizing and explore it in a shared conversation.


MERLIN SOPHIE BOOTSMANN (she/it), Research Associate, Friedrich Meinecke Institute of the Free University of Berlin
ADRIAN DE SILVA (he), Research Associate, University of Luxembourg
ULRIKE KLÖPPEL (she/her), on the advisory board of the International Association of Intergender People, researches  gender and queer history at the University of Heidelberg

Place & Time

Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
PEG Building (Room 1.G 191) at Westend Campus
15.02.2023, 18-20 h c.t.
Please note the access rules to the university buildings!

The event will be streamed live via the CGC YouTube channel. The event language is German.


Panel discussion in cooperation between the Cornelia Goethe Center for Women’s Studies and the Study of Gender Relations, Goethe University Frankfurt, and the Center for Gender Studies and Feminist Futures Research, Philipps University Marburg. With the support of the Equality Office, Goethe University Frankfurt.