Martin Gramc is a LGBTIQ+ activist, researcher and writer from Slovenia. He received his MA in Gender Studies at the University of Ljubljana. During the past five years, he has actively participated in LGBTI+ organizations and campaigns at home, in Croatia and in Germany (Berlin), where he also collaborated with feminist and migrant initiatives. As a researcher, Martin has been collaborating with the Peace Institute in Ljubljana, working on projects centred around migrant issues, LGBTIQ+ minorities, and topics in political philosophy.

Martin commenced a 34-month Marie Skłodowska Curie fellowship at the University of Zurich in Switzerland in January 2021. Martin successfully defended his PhD on December 13, 2023.

Outreach Activities:

12 June 2023: Llubljana City Hall: Dilemmas related to the medical care of intersex children

ESR Martin Gramc took part in a discussion about the medical care of intersex children attended by approximately 15 people. The program for the event is available here: https://ljubljanapride.org/2023/en/event/dilemmas-related-to-the-medical-care-of-intersex-children/.

19 May 2023: Research for Intersex Justice

ESRs Audrey Aegerter, Martin Gramc and Ernesto Zelayandia, along with PI David Paternotte participated in a round table event organised in Brussels. Ernesto, Audrey, Martin, Mauro Cabral and Charly Derave spoke about their research and expertise in the field. Approximately 10 people attended – mainly academics and intersex activists. The poster for the event can be found here.

26 September 2022: Stakeholder Event at University of Malta, Valletta Campus

During the sixth INIA network event held at University of Malta, Valletta, INIA PIs and ESRs participated in a stakeholder conference.  This was a very successful event attended by approximately 40 people from the University of Malta and from the Maltese government. The programme for the event can be found here.

16 December 2021: Presentation during Research Colloquium at the Institute of Bioethics and the History of Medicine

ESRs Martin Gramc and Daria Abrosimova presented their scoping reviews to other PhD candidates at the University of Zurich. The title of the presentation was: Medicine, stigma, society: How bioethical studies could improve the human rights of intersex people? The presentation was well attended and followed by an animated question and answer session.

Dissemination Activities

September 14, 2023: British Sociological Association Conference

On September 14th, Martin Gramc and John Stephenson gave the presentation “A shift towards the social? Intersex minors and psychosocial care in Europe” at the British Sociological Association conference (https://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/key-bsa-events/bsa-medical-sociology-conference-2023-sussex/). The presentation took place at the University of Sussex in Brighton and the talk was attended by approximately ten people.

August 29-September 1, 2023: European Identity Summer School

Martin Gramc participated in the Summer School  – Identity of Europe at the Inter-University Centre in Dubrovnik (https://iuc.hr/programme/992). On Friday, September 1st,  Martin helped with the presentation “The Genealogy of Intersex and the Cultural Wars.” Around 10 people atteeded the session and discussed his work.

August 23-26, 2023: 35th ESPMH Conference

Martin Gramc took part in the 35th Conference on Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare which was held in Riga, Latvia from 23rd – 26th of August. Martin gave a presentation on the 24th of August called Boundary Work in the Health Care for people with variations of sex characteristics in Europe. Approximately 10 people attended the presentation and attended a discussion with Martin.  More information about the conference is available here: https://www.espmh.org/upcoming-conferences/

June 27 – 29, 2023, 29th International Conference of Europeanists, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland

ESRs Audrey Aegerter, Martin Gramc and Yessica Mestre presented papers during this conference in the session Utopias and Dystopias of intersex. The programme for the event can be found here: https://councilforeuropeanstudies.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/CES-Final-Conference-Program-2023.pdf

The Dis-Utopia of Medical Care For Intersex People
Single Paper
Martin Gramc – University of Zürich

Living Dystopia: Political Subjectification and Engagement of Intersex People in Europe
Single Paper
Audrey Alessandra Pascale Aegerter
Université Libre de Bruxelles

Without Access yo Justice: The Utopia of Reparation in the Lives of Intersex People
Single Paper
Yessica mestre – Andalusian School of Public Health

20-21 October 2022: Prague School of Bioethics

The Prague School of Bioethics is a unique international event, aimed at promoting the interest of important current bioethical issues, especially among medical students and other students of health studies as well as physicians, nurses and other health care providers. More information about the school is available here: https://www.praguesb.cz/index.html

ESR7 Martin Gramc and ESR9 Yessica Mestre attended this event where they gave the following presentations:

Martin: Human Rights-based Approaches to Medical Research on Intersex People’s Issues (PART ONE)

Yessica: Human Rights-based Approaches to Medical Research on Intersex People’s Issues (PART TWO).

19 July 2022: World Congress on Bioethics – Feminist Approaches, Basel, Switzerland

ESR7 Martin Gramc gave a presentation with ESR6 Daria Abrosimova entitled “Does medicine know that gender exists?”. More information about the conference is available here: https://www.fabnet.org/world-congress

6-8 July 2022: European Conference on Politics and Gender, University of Ljubljana

ESR3 Audrey Aegerter and ESR7 Martin Gramc gave presentations at ECPG (https://ecpr.eu/Events/157) on Wednesday 6th of July from 11 to 12:30. PI David Paternotte was the chair of the panel and Cynthia Kraus (UNIL) was the discussant. The event was open to academics (PhDs, postdocs, professors etc…) working on topics of Gender and Politics.

Audrey’s presentation was entitled: From the I to the we : the development of an intersex political subjectivity
Martin’s presentation was entitled Gender as Projection: The Politics of Decision Making in Multidisciplinary Teams in Intersex Care.
The panel’s title was: Intersex Politics in Europe: Activism, the State, and Medical Authority. It was part of the section: Executive Power, Legal Negotiations and the Politics of Trans and Queer Lives. Information about the panel can be found here: https://ecpr.eu/Events/Event/PanelDetails/11465.

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