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Adrian de Silva

Adrian de Silva

Research scientist

Faculty or Centre Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Department Department of Education and Social Work
Postal Address Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Campus Office MSH, E02 35-140
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Telephone (+352) 46 66 44 9292
Fax (+352) 46 66 44 39292

Adrian de Silva is a trans and queer studies researcher with a background in sociology and political science. Since 2021, he is a research scientist at the Institute for Social Research and Interventions at the University of Luxembourg. Working across political sociology, sociology of law, sexology and political theory, his research engages with processes of minoritizing unusual genders and sexualities in liberal democracies and struggles for social change in these areas.

Before joining the University of Luxembourg as a postdoc in 2016, Adrian worked as a guest lecturer, research associate, and graduate and tutorial assistant, respectively, in political science and gender studies departments at several universities in Germany. He enjoyed research residencies as an associate fellow at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at the University of Bielefeld, as a member of the graduate research training group “Gender as a Category of Knowledge” at Humboldt University and as a research fellow at York University in Canada.

Adrian completed his studies at the University of Münster with an MA thesis on Antonio Gramsci’s concept of hegemony. He received his PhD in gender studies at Humboldt University in Berlin with the interdisciplinary study “Negotiating the Borders of the Gender Regime: Developments and Debates on Trans(sexuality) in the Federal Republic of Germany”. His studies and research were funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS) and the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Last updated on: Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Adrian is interested in queer and trans theory, trans and intersex in medicine, law and federal politics, the history and politics of the trans movement in the Federal Republic of Germany, twentieth century and contemporary political thought, and sex and disability. His current research focuses on recent political and legal developments as they relate to trans and intersex.

Former research projects include research for the Luxembourgish contribution to the ERASMUS + project “Sex Education for People with Disabilities” (TRASE), research on trans and social change in sexology, the law, federal politics and the trans movement in the Federal Republic of Germany since the 1960s at Humboldt University, research on intersex in medical ethics, and legal and political aspects on trans in the UK at Bremen University, and research on the policy process leading to the introduction of sexual orientation into the Canadian Human Rights Act at York University.

Adrian is a member the Inter Trans Research Network, which he co-founded in 2012, the research network “Queer Contemporary Histories in German-speaking Europe” at the Free University of Berlin, and the German Gender Studies Association



Last updated on: 14 Apr 2021

Adrian’s teaching experience includes undergraduate and graduate courses in trans, queer and critical whiteness studies in gender studies departments at the universities of Oldenburg, Vechta and Göttingen. He also conducted tutorials for the core course “Introduction to Political Science”, and taught courses in international relations and political theory in political science departments at the universities of Münster, Bremen and Göttingen.

At the University of Luxembourg, he co-taught cultural theory in the Trinational Master Programme in 2019. Since 2020, he has been teaching courses on issues related to disability and inclusion, and gender and diversity in the Bachelor of Social Science and Education (BSSE). He has taught in English and German.

Adrian has also contributed to curricular development in political science, gender studies and disability studies. These activities include co-developing the TRASE course “Sex education for people with disabilities” in further education in a transnational team and adapting it to a dual use course at the University of Luxembourg, taught by academics and professionals for professionals taking care of people with disabilities and students in the BSSE.



Last updated on: 14 Apr 2021

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In press

See detailZur Ausbildung pädagogischer Fachkräfte und Studierender der Sozialen Arbeit an der Universität Luxemburg im Bereich der Sexuellen Bildung für Menschen mit Beeinträchtigungen
de Silva, Adrian; Weist, Andreas

in Khamis, Celina; Urban, Maria; Wienholz, Sabine (Eds.) Sexuelle Bildung für das Lehramt (in press)

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2021

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2020

See detailReading the history of society through the lens of a history of sexuality
De Silva, Adrian

in Andererseits: yearbook of transatlantic German studies (2020), 7/8(2018/2019), 393-396

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2019

See detailEntwicklungen der sexualwissenschaftlichen und rechtlichen Debatten zu Transsexualität und deren Verschränkungen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (1960er Jahre bis 1980)
De Silva, Adrian

in Landesstelle für Gleichbehandlung - gegen Diskriminierung, Fachbereich LSBTI (Ed.) 'Auf nach Casablanca?' Lebensrealitäten transgeschlechtlicher Menschen zwischen 1945-1980 (2019)

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2018

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2017

See detailTrans und sozialer Wandel in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
De Silva, Adrian

in Hoenes, Josch; Koch, Michael_a (Eds.) Transfer und Interaktion: Wissenschaft und Aktivismus an den Grenzen heteronormativer Zweigeschlechtlichkeit (2017)

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2015

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2014

See detailGrundzüge struktureller und konzeptueller Entwicklungen der Trans*bewegung in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland seit Ende der 1990er Jahre
De Silva, Adrian

in Bundesstiftung Magnus Hirschfeld (Ed.) Forschung im Queerformat: Aktuelle Beiträge der LSBTI*-, Queer- und Geschlechterforschung (2014)

See detailMein Geschlecht gehört mir!? (Interview by Ulrike Klöppel)
De Silva, Adrian; Plett, Konstanze

Article for general public (2014)

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2013

See detailTrans* in Sexualwissenschaft und Recht vor Inkrafttreten des Transsexuellengesetzes
De Silva, Adrian

in Schmelzer, Christian (Ed.) Gender Turn: Gesellschaft jenseits der Geschlechternorm (2013)

See detailSection Introduction: Framing Activism
De Silva, Adrian

in Hashemi Yekani, Elahe; Kilian, Eveline; Michaelis, Beatrice (Eds.) Queer Futures: Reconsidering Normativity, Activism and the Political (2013)

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2012

See detailVom Sittenverfall zur Trans*_Homo-Ehe: Ausgewählte juristische Entwicklungen zu Trans* in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
De Silva, Adrian

in Rathke, Justin B.; Franzen, Jannik (Eds.) trans*_homo: differenzen, allianzen, widersprüche. differences, alliances, contradictions (2012)

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2008

See detailGeschlechter- und sexualpolitische Annahmen in zeitgenössischen medizinischen Empfehlungen zur Behandlung von Intersexualität
De Silva, Adrian

in Tuider, Elisabeth (Ed.) QuerVerbindungen: Interdisziplinäre Annäherungen an Geschlecht, Sexualität, Ethnizität (2008)

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2007

See detailPhysische Integrität und Selbstbestimmung: Kritik medizinischer Leitlinien zur Intersexualität
De Silva, Adrian

in Zeitschrift für Sexualforschung (2007), 20(3), 176-185

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2005

See detailTranssexualität im Spannungsfeld juristischer und medizinischer Diskurse
De Silva, Adrian

in Zeitschrift für Sexualforschung (2005), 18(3), 258-271

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2002

See detailZur Normalisierung von Heterosexualität in den House of Commons Debates zur Gesetzesvorlage C-33
De Silva, Adrian

in Härtel, Insa; Schade, Sigrid (Eds.) Körper und Repräsentation (2002)

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2000

See detailRecht und Rechte: Zwischen legaler Anerkennung und kulturell-politischer 'Revolution'
Beger, Nicolas; Baer, Susanne; De Silva, Adrian

in Quaestio (Ed.) Queering Demokratie (2000)

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