This event will address how global ideas of gender are changing in the contemporary world and examine the ways in which ‘gender‘ can be understood as an artifact of the biocentrism that structures the modern Eurocentric worldview. The discussants will also comment on the ‘transing‘ of gender as a practice of freedom and analyze the backlash of the global anti-gender movement—its political nature, funding, and dissemination—as well as responses to this movement from feminist and LGBTQIA* activists and academics.


Tamara Adrian is a Venezuelan lawyer who graduated with highest honors from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, with a doctoral degree with highest honors from the University Paris 2. She also has degrees in comparative law (Paris), economics and law (HKS), and management (HKS). Adrian is currently a professor of law at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and the Universidad Metropolitana, and a guest professor in the doctoral program in the Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia). Adrian is the first transgender woman elected as National Parliamentarian in Venezuela (2015) and the second on the American continent. An international human-rights activist in women’s rights and LGBTI rights, she has vast experience with the UN, OAS, and other international bodies. Adrian is the international president of the 17 May (IDAHOT) and co-president of the BOD of Global Action for Trans Equality. She is member of the BOD of WPATH, All Out, Plafam, and ICASO, as well as a member of the steering committee of the World Movement for Democracy. She is also a member of the scientific committee of the Unesco Chair on Sexual Health and Human Rights and of the legal committee of the World Association of Sexual Health (WAS).


Julia Ehrt (she/her) became the executive director at ILGA World in November 2021. She previously served as the organisation’s director of programs, developing ILGA World ‘s programmatic work and managing the program team. A widely respected LGBTI activist and community leader, Ehrt served previously as the executive director of Transgender Europe, where she contributed significantly to how trans issues are perceived and debated today in Europe and beyond. She served as a founding steering committee member of the International Trans Fund (ITF) until 2019 and is currently a board member of the Association for Womens’ Rights in Development (AWID). Ehrt is a signatory to the Yogyakarta Principles plus 10.


Susan Stryker is Professor Emerita of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. Since retiring, she has been Presidential Fellow and Visiting Professor of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University (2019-2020) Barbara Lee Distinguished Chair in Women’s Leadership, Mills College (2020-2022), and Stanford University Humanities Center External Faculty Fellow (2022-23). She continues to serve as executive editor of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, and as co-editor of the Duke University Press book series ASTERISK: gender, trans-, and all that comes after. Stryker is the author of Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution (2008, 2017), co-editor of the two-volume Transgender Studies Reader (2006, 2013) and The Transgender Studies Reader Remix (2022), as well as co-director of the Emmy-winning documentary film Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria (2005). She is currently working to complete her book manuscript, Changing Gender, and developing a variety of film and television projects.


In English

Tamara Adrián
Julia Ehrt
Susan Stryker

Moderated by Moira Fradinger, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Yale University, and Alumna, American Academy in Berlin; and Berit Ebert, Vice President of Programs, American Academy in Berlin

Organized by

An event of the American Academy in Berlin in cooperation with ICI Berlin

Generously supported by the Mellon Foundation

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