membra(I)nes - 12th Annual Conference of the Gender Studies Association and Public Program


12th Annual Conference of the Gender Studies Association and Public Program
HGB Leipzig (15.+16.06.) & Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle (16.+17.06.)

With contributions by: Hongwei Bao, Ama Josephine Budge, micha cárdenas, Heather Davis, Kara Keeling, Okan Kubus, Sabine Mohamed, Helen Pritchard, Rahul Rao, Karen Tongson, Jeremy Wade, Alexander Ghedi Weheliye, Lissy Willberg a.o.

Exhibition at HGB Galerie & Burg Galerie with works by: Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz (tbc), Lou Drago, Dan Dansen (tbc), Jared Cobain (tbc), Nora Chipaumire, Ančan Daučiková, Len Köster, Holly Patch & Holden Madagame, Meta Mramor, Annika Stoll

Organisation: Yeşim Duman, Antkek Engel, Susanne Huber, Katrin Köppert, Isabel Lewis, Friederike Nastold, Lars Paschke

Awareness concept: Sara Bahadori and Vanessa Fuguero

> Sign language interpreting (DGS) and interpreting services (English-German)
> Selected panels will be offered hybrid (online and on site) (see program)
> Limited travel subsidies are available for structurally disadvantaged people with low incomes.

Please register by June 10: To the registration...
General info

Every living being comes with cell membranes. The membrane represents a common feature of unicellular organisms, plants, and human and non-human animals. Can the concept of the membrane therefore help us overcome anthropocentric thinking? And if so, how does it allow to address hierarchies and power imbalances among humans? Can it mobilize decolonial critiques of a posthumanist discourse as a model to thinking in gender studies and feminist science and technology studies? Will a queer understanding of desire or a Black feminist understanding of eroticism help us to draw new, unexpected connections between these relationships and environments? Regarding the materiality of membranes, we are confronted with questions of sustainability, not only in artistic practice, but in everyday life, too.

Taking these topics and questions as a starting point, the conference explores the potential of the membrane as a concept-metaphor or model in scholarly and artistic investigations, It opens up intersectional and transdisciplinary approaches, pursues them in an experimental way, and invites discussions – within the Gender Studies Association, the civic public of Leipzig, Halle, and internationally.

Performances, workshops, art exhibitions, radio, and a concert provide a public program that surrounds and pervades the conference and includes impacts the cities and regions.

Easy language

There will be a Gender Studies conference June 15-17, 2023, with DGS interpretation of many presentations and cultural contributions. We welcome Deaf students, scholars* and interested parties to attend the conference.   

The conference is entitled membra(I)nes: Membranes. Combined with brain (brain) and the I (I). For example, the eardrum (a membrane) and the importance of the brain for perception and ego formation. Among other things, we are concerned with the un/permeability of various relations of domination. And about developing visions and alternatives.

  • 15.+16.06.2023
    Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig

  • 16.+17.06.2023
    Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle
  • Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
  • Fachgesellschaft Gender Studies e.V.
  • Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig
  • University of Oldenburg
Awareness, anti-discrimination and accessibility

There is an awareness concept for the meeting. We want to create a space where everyone can feel comfortable. We do not tolerate discriminatory or abusive behavior. If you observe such behavior or are affected yourself, you can contact our awareness team.
 Sexism, racism, rejectionism, homophobia, transphobia and any other form of discrimination have no place here! 

We are also there if you need a place to retreat because you are overwhelmed or just need someone to talk to.

Awareness concept: Sara Bahadori und Vanessa Fuguero
Participatory inclusion formats: Yeşim Duman und Lila-Zoé Krauß
Project coordination: Antkek Engel und Nadine Moser
DGS-Videos and Translation: Oya Ataman, Sema Çağla, Dana Cermane, Inna Shparber, Eyk Kauly, Matthias Ranner, Andrea Schmegel, Julia Utter, Tolga Yetkin
English Translation: Quynh Anh Le ngoc und Inés Schulz

All details about the awareness structure at the conference will soon be available for download:
> Awareness concept Variation 1
> Awareness concept Variation 2

We will provide German Sign Language for a part of the program at the conference as well as interpretation from English to German if needed. The program for DE-DGS and EN-DGS interpretation can be found here. With thanks to Inna Shparber und Matthias Ranner.

Except for slots designated as hybrid, the conference will be in presence. Gender-neutral restrooms will be designated.

The awareness concept and DGS interpretation are made possible by:
German Federal Agency for Civic Education
Aktion Mensch
Gender/Queer e.V.

Unfortunately, there are more barriers than we can break down. The awareness team does not specialize in audism. We do not have a guidance system for blind people. The HGB is only wheelchair accessible through the back entrance. The main entrance has stairs and a very heavy door.  

More information about accessibility at HGB....

Conference Buddies System

First time at a scientific conference? Or you're more introverted, shy, or just don't feel like going to the annual meeting alone? No matter why, there are Conference Buddies for you! We at the AG Perspectives of the FG Gender Studies offer a low-threshold platform to find others to attend the 12th Annual Conference with. We want to try to support each other, find a familiar between all the strange faces and help each other to feel more comfortable, safer and less alone. Especially after Corona and social distancing. At the same time, Conference Buddies are also for all great people who would like to support others, share their experiences, knowledge and contacts.

We would like to try out the Conference Buddies system for the first time at this annual conference and find Buddies for everyone who wants to. Also, to address the theme of the annual meeting, membra(I)nes, in terms of permeability, accessibility of the professional society itself.

Just sign up here...

HGB Radio×Isabel Lewis

HGB Radio is a self-organized and student-run radio. HGB Radio collaborates with Isabel Lewis to create a continuous weekend-long streamable radio program as well as a sonic situation with two listening stations, one in the HGB Gallery and the BURG Gallery. The radio program and soundscape will showcase contributions submitted to the HGB Radio that explore themes of the membrane as metaphor for overcoming animal/human/plant borders, for overcoming gender roles, and for dismantling power structures within the institution and outside institutional boundaries. The sound situation can be visited at any time throughout the conference at HGB and BURG galleries and can also be listened to online, outside the conference times and locations.

> Intentional Listening Theory by Lou Drago for Membra(I)nes Conference

> Sounding Voice – A Guided Exploration by Holly Patch And Holden Madagame for Membra(I)nes Conference

Travel grants

Eight participation and travel scholarships in the maximum amount of 125 € each can be awarded to students/promoters and artists of color. Four of the scholarships go to members of the FG Gender Studies, four to persons without membership.

In addition, limited travel grants are available for structurally disadvantaged people with low incomes.

 If required, information on this must be provided accordingly during registration.



Groners Leipzig
Katharinenstraße 13, Mitte

a&o Hostel Leipzig
Brandenburgerstraße 2

Meininger Hotel Leipzig Central Station
Brühl 69, Mitte

Hotel Markgraf Leipzig
Körnerstr. 36, Süd

Appartement Central Leipzig
Pfaffendorfer Straße 4-10, Mitte

Hotel Michaelis Leipzig 
Paul-Gruner-Str. 44, Süd
85,50,- /night – contigent price on request: koeppert@hgb-leipzig.de

Limehome Leipzig am Brühl
Brühl 60, Mitte


Hostel No5
Robert-Franz-Ring 5, 06108 Halle

B&B HOTEL Halle (Saale)
Hallorenring 9 , 06108 Halle
70,- /night

the niu Ridge
Riebeckplatz 10, 06108 Halle
60,- / night

For questions, please contact membraines@gender-queer.de