Fabian Hennig

BACKGROUND: I studied political sciences and gender studies in Göttingen and Berlin, where I developed my primary research interests in critical theory, feminist theory and poststructuralism. Due to my productive irritations with new materialism and posthumanism, I was interested in developing a materialist and critical account on the interconnectedness of society and nature. As a member of the graduate program at the university of Basel I was engaging in psychoanalytical theory and masculinity studies.

THE GRK... is a space for interdisciplinary work and collaborative thinking on complex phenomena, a great opportunity to work with researchers from life sciences as well as cultural studies, and a chance to understand contemporary society and its mutual mediation of the natural und social more fully.

MY GOAL IS... to learn about medical languages and narratives, to understand the construction of masculinity within life science, medicine, as well as in contraceptive technologies. I wish to engage more deeply with the field of psychology and medical ethics, and to collaborate with people from different backgrounds.

MY PROJECT... is to study the current transformations of masculinity and the politics of contraception, the gendered and gendering practices of future contraceptive technologies (such as the male pill and other hormonal methods, the reversible vasectomy and thermal approaches), as well as a qualitative study on the heterosexual male identity, its relation to his body, sexuality and phantasies on reproduction.

Contact: fabian.hennig@uni-mainz.de