Doris Leibetseder

doris [dot] leibet [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies at the Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt, Austria
Appointment Dates:
(Aug 22, 2013 – May 16, 2014)
Research Project:
Precarious Sex: A queer-feminist ethics of gender and sexuality
Situated in the field of Gender Studies and Philosophy I create a new queer-feminist ethics based on gender and sexuality issues using examples of transgender, intersex and disabled people. 'Precarious Sex ' not only refers to the precarious situation of these people but also to the fragility of biological sex and sexuality itself. The term precarity also criticises the exclusion of sexual work, both in the form of sex work and the daily work on the social and cultural gender, from the political economy.  The aim is to develop an ethics that works against precarious situations and does not function in a regulatory way but rather works against its instrumentalisation for normative regimes. Important questions are therefore: What principles are now relevant for a queer-feminist ethics in the wake of a paradigmatic shift and technological developments? Which possibilities of intra-actions exist for trans*, inter* and disabled people and feminists? Which new configurations, subjectivities and possibilities arise with thus? With methods such as narrative and discursive analysis, a queer-feminist interpretation, which includes affirmative reading and diffraction, I develop a new applied ethics in the Foucauldian sense of a postmoral ethics.

Since 2011 Doris Leibetseder has been an academic assistant at the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies at the Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt, Austria, and taught courses in Gender Studies/Queer Theory. She was also external lecturer at the University of Graz for one year and at the University of Vienna for Musicology and Gender Studies in the summer semester 2013. Previously, she was OeAD-Lecturer for two years in the German Department of Durham University, UK. She completed her doctorate in Philosophy with distinction at the University of Vienna in 2008. Her recent book publication in English is “Queer Tracks: Subversive Strategies in Rock and Pop Music”, Ashgate.


"Queer Tracks: Subversive Strategies in Rock and Pop Music"
"When we were gender" - Geschlechter erinnern und vergessen. Eds. Jacob Guggenheimer, Utta Isop, Doris Leibetseder, Kirstin Mertlitsch.
"Fem(me) Tracks: Queer Fem(me)inist Strategies of Resistance in Rock and Pop Music, from Angie Reed to Denice Fredriksson"