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ISSUE 2009_03 * * * A U T H O R S - A U T O R _ I N N E N - A U T O R * S * * *

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Carsten Balzer, Ph.D., MA

did hir Ph.D. on transgender subcultures in Brazil, Germany, and the U.S.A. and is a member of the steering committee of the international NGO Transgender Europe (TGEU), chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Transgender Network Berlin (TGNB) as well as a founding member of the TGNB, the Berlin organisation "TransInterQueer e.V." (TrIQ) and the Liminalis. S_he carried out fieldwork in Tanzania and the Brazilian Amazon region as well as in Rio de Janeiro, New York City, and Berlin, gave courses at the Free University Berlin and has published in the U.S.A., Brazil, and Germany on the topics of globalisation, drag, transgender, intersexuality, and "indigenous gender diversity" as well as New Age, entheogens, healing, rituals and religion.



Robert J. Davidson

is a Ph.D. candidate at the Amsterdam School for Social Science Research at the University of Amsterdam researching social movements that are contesting medical processes of intersexualization. Previous work has focused on gay and lesbian social movements, identity politics, and queer theory. Robert graduated from the University of Notre Dame in the U.S.A. in 2005 and obtained an MA in political science from Leiden University in the Netherlands in 2006.


Lena Eckert

lives in Amsterdam and Berlin and currently works on her dissertation on "The construction of "inbetween" in research into intersexuality" at the Universiteit Utrecht. Netherlands. Her scientific and political interests as well as publications are located in feminist and postcolonial theory, queer studies/politics, transgender theory and post-anarchist approaches. Through talks, teaching and publications also in non-academic spaces, she tries to bring activism and science together. Lena is co-editor of Bound and Unbound Interdisciplinary Approaches to Genders and Sexualities (CSP 2008) and Liminalis.

Julia Ehrt

was born in 1977 in a small town in southern Germany. After studies in Konstanz, Tel Aviv and Berlin she started working on her PhD in Mathematics in 2006. She has been involved in trans-activism in Berlin for many years. At the moment she is in the board of TransInterQueer a berlin based organization. She was one of the organizers of the second European Transgender Council held in Berlin in 2008. In 2008 she got elected co-chair of the European Network Organisation Transgender Europe. Her main focus there is policy development and lobbiing.

Mark Hellen

is Senior Lecturer in Education at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His research interests include transgendered children and use of technology and new media in primary schools.

Thamar Klein

is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social
Anthropology (Halle/Saale, Germany) and a member of the Research Group on Law, Organisation, Science and Technology. Extensive information on the current research project as well as on the author is available at
The author can be contacted at


Victor Mukasa

is an African trans activist representing the international NGO IGLHRC (International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission) and the African trans organisation TITs Uganda (Transgenders Intersex Transsexuals Uganda).



Belissa Andía Pérez

is a founding member of the collective Claveles Rojos (red cloves), member of the Instituto Runa de Desarrollo y Estudios sobre Género (Runa Institute for Gender Development and Research) and became part of the ILGA regional secretariat of “Latinamerica and Carribean” in 2004 in Santiago de Chile. Eventually she temporarily took over the ILGA trans secretariat, which was established at the ILGA World Conference in Geneva. Finally she was elected as a representative of the ILGA trans secretariat during the ILGA Word Conference 2008 in Vienna. In 2006 she was a candidate for the Movimiento Nueva Izquierda (new left movement) for the Peruvian parliament.


Adrian de Silva

studied at the University of Münster, Germany, and York University, Canada, and took his MA in Sociology. He is currently writing his PhD on the regulation of the change of gender in the UK and the FRG at the HU Berlin. Professional activities: research and/or teaching at four universities in the north of Germany. Current research interests: 20th century political theory; medical, legal and political constructions of minoritised sexualities and genders; queer theory. Activism in queer projects. Member of the Liminalis editorial staff.


Astrid Suess

MA Sociology and Social Psychology, Master in Art Therapy. PhD in Sociology about queer, transgender and intersex networks, University Granada and Open University Hagen. Professional activities in research, teaching, group coordination and art therapy in different universities, institutions and projects, mainly in Granada and Murcia. Research interests: strategies of de-pathologization in the context of transgender and intersex, qualitative research methodologies and ethics, bioethics, group processes, social arts. S_he collaborates as an activist in queer and transgender collectives. Member of the Liminalis editorial staff.


Heinz-Jürgen Voß

is queer-politically active since several years. Studies of Biology at the TU Dresden and the Universität of Leipzig (Diploma 2004), after that interdisciplinary studies in the Philosophy, Social Politics, and Gender Studies at the University Göttingen (2004/5). Currently dissertation, funded by Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation, in Sociology at the Universität Bremen about "Constructions of Gender from a biological-medical Perspective" (until June 2009), publications "Feministische Wissenschaftskritik am Beispiel der Naturwissenschaft Biologie." In: Freikamp, U. / Leanza, M. / Mende, J. / Müller, S. / Ullrich, P. / Voß, H.-J. (eds.): Kritik mit Methode? Forschungsmethoden und Gesellschaftskritik (Texte 42), Berlin: Karl Dietz Verlag, pp.233-252.