Doris Leibetseder

doris.leibet [at]
External Lecturer
University of Graz and University of Vienna
Appointment Dates:
(Aug 16, 2014 – Aug 18, 2015)
Research Project:
Reproductive Ethics: an example of queer-feminist justice

Situated in the field of Gender Studies, Cultural Studies and Philosophy I create a new queer-feminist ethics based on issues of reproduction with examples of transgender and intersex persons, and dis/abled people. This project is concerned with cultural and biological queer-feminist reproduction. I look at cultural articulations (music, performances, film, or arts in general) and at Assisted Reproductive (Genetic) Technologies (AR(G)T) and  how they raise challenges for transgender, intersex and dis/abled people. My focus lies on the ways in which these technologies confront transgender, intersex and dis/abled people with normative expectations concerning their biological sex, gender, sexuality, kinship and their right to procreate. 
My aim is:

  • to include non-pathologizing transgender, intersex and critical disability issues in a queer-feminist ethics.
  • find crucial ideas, challenges and further developments for a queer-feminist ethics dealing with cultural and biological reproduction.

Questions are: 
-What principles are now relevant for reproductive justice in the wake of a paradigmatic shift, which conceptualizes the biological sex as constructed, and new bio-technological developments?
-What possibilities of intra-actions  concerning cultural and biological reproduction exist for transgender, intersex and disabled people and feminists?
-What new considerations arise for a queer-feminist ethics dealing with AR(G)T and these intra-actions?

With methods such as narrative and discursive analysis, queer-feminist hermeneutics, affirmative reading and diffraction, I develop a new applied ethics in the Foucauldian sense of a postmoral ethics.


Doris Leibetseder has been a part of the Beatrice Bain Research Group since 2013/14 and she is also external lecturer at the University of Vienna and at the University of Graz. From 2011-2013 she was an 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. Prior to this she was OeAD-Lecturer for two years in the German Department at 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.