Julia Teschlade

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Freie Universität Berlin

Human Rights Under Pressure - Ethics, Law and Politics

Department of Gender Studies, Social Sciences and Anthropology

PhD Candidate

Field of Research: Human Rights and Queer Kinship

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Julia Teschlade studied sociology and political sciences at the Humboldt-University Berlin and at the University of Essex, England. Throughout her studies and her professional career, she specialized in human rights with a focus on issues of gender (in)equalities and sexual orientation. Her research topics include queer and feminist theory, sociology of women and human rights, intersectionality and social inequalities, sociology of work and reproduction. She worked as a research fellow in different research projects at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) and at the University Duisburg-Essen.

Field of Research: Reproductive Rights, Queer Kinship, Surrogacy, Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART),

Arbeitstitel: Recht auf Elternschaft – Eine Studie zu gleichgeschlechtlichen männlichen Paaren aus Deutschland und Israel, die Väter mit der Hilfe einer Leihmutter werden.

Working Title of Dissertation: “Human Rights and Reproduction - Gay Parenthood and Surrogacy in Israel and Germany”

In my project, I analyse gay couples’ use of reproductive technologies in their legal struggles to found a family with children, addressing the ambivalences within human rights with regard to reproductive rights and the right to parenthood. Gay male couples who realize their wish for a child through reproductive technologies usually require the help of two women: A gestational carrier and an egg donor. Thus, the couples have to expand the conception of their child beyond the two-parent family.

Focusing on German and Israeli gay couples, I am interested in the influence of the legal, political, social and cultural specificities of each country and how they influence the decision-making processes of the couples. What are the particular obstacles and restrictions they face? How do they situate themselves as a gay couple within a heteronormative society that obstructs their intentions?

Comparing Israel and Germany is particularly interesting, because both countries have different approaches not only to gay parenting but to reproductive technologies in general. Israel follows a pro-natalist policy, reproductive care is financially supported by the government and surrogacy is legal for heterosexual couples, whereas surrogacy and egg donation are illegal in Germany. Using in-depth narrative interviews with childless gay couples and gay fathers, who started a family through surrogacy, I will offer insights about how gay couples fulfil their wish for a child in a heteronormative society that delegitimises their reproductive desires through legal restrictions.

 

Teschlade, Julia (2015): Menschenrechte = Frauenrechte = sexuelle Rechte = Herausforderungen für Menschenrechte. In: Wissenschaftlerinnen-Rundbrief Nr. 1/2015, S. 12-14.

Teschlade, Julia (2009): “Women’s Rights as Human Rights: Contesting Universalizing ‘Imports’ from Western Liberalism through Local Social Movements.” In: Essex Graduate Journal of Sociology (9), 13-22.

Co-Publications:

Wimbauer, Christine, Mona Motakef und Julia Teschlade (2015): Prekäre Selbstverständlichkeiten. Neun prekarisierungstheoretische Thesen zu Diskursen gegen Gleichstellungspolitik und Geschlechterforschung. In: Sabine Hark und Paula-Irene Villa (Hrsg.), Anti-Genderismus. Sexualität und Geschlecht als Schauplätze aktueller politischer Auseinandersetzungen. Bielfeld: transcript Verlag, S. 41-57.

Motakef, Mona/Teschlade, Julia/Wimbauer, Christine (2014):

Wimbauer, Christine/Teschlade, Julia/Motakef, Mona (2012): “Gleichheit oder Geschlechterkampf? Von vermeintlichen Gebärverweigerinnen in der ‚schönen neuen Arbeitswelt‘ – eine Gegenerzählung zu Wolfgang Streeck.” In: WestEnd. Neue Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung 9 (12), 180-193.

Freie Universität Berlin
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The Minerva Center for Human Rights
Menschenrechtszentrum Uni Potsdam
DFG - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Einstein Foundation Berlin
Dahlem Research School