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Antke Engel

Visiting Fellow 09-10 (Term I), Fellow 07-09

Philosophy / Feminist and Queer Theory


Antke Engel is director of the “Institute for Queer Theory” situated in Hamburg and Berlin ( She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy at Potsdam University (Germany) in 2001 and held a visiting professorship for Queer Theory at Hamburg University between 2003 and 2005. The focus of her work is on feminist and poststructuralist theory, on conceptualizations of sexuality and desire, and on the critique of representation. Her dissertation "Wider die Eindeutigkeit. Sexualität und Geschlecht im Fokus queerer Politik der Repräsentation" (Frankfurt/Main, Campus, 2002) Engel proposes a strategy of equivocation as a means of queer cultural politics. Apart from extensive teaching experience and public lecturing, Antke Engel has also been engaged as an activist, a cultural worker, and a magazine publisher – believing in the mutual inspiration of theory and politics. Recently she published: Bilder von Sexualität und Ökonomie. Queere kulturelle Politiken im Neoliberalismus, Bielefeld (transcript) 2009. 

ICI Project (2009)

Queer/ing Neoliberalism? Images of Sexuality and Economy

The book project "Queer/ing Neoliberalism?" proposes readings of visual representations that allow examination of how sexuality and the economy are currently interrelated in social and cultural practices. Asking for the conditions of the recent pluralization of genders and sexualities in late modern societies, the book project focuses on a specific field of tension, namely those between neoliberal economic transformations and diverse movements in sexual politics. (October 2007-December 2008) The follow-up conference project "Desiring Economies - Economies of Desire" prposes to look at economy through the lense of desire. The title suggests a double perspective and multiple meanings: "Desiring Economies" proposes that we desire economies, diverse economies, economies different to the capitalist versions we know. "Economies of Desire" takes up the idea that desire is functioning according to a household logic, but also asks critically whether it is useful to understand desire in economic terms. (since October 2008)

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