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Members

Since September 2018, the Schwules Museum Board of Directors is composed of seven members:

Dr. Birgit Bosold, Vera Hofmann, Christopher Izgin, Ben Miller, Jan-Claus Müller, Brigitte Oytoy, Heiner Schulze.

The Board of Directors can be contacted via vorstand@schwulesmuseum.de.

Responsibilities

As decided in the charter of the Association of Friends of a Gay Museum in Berlin (Verein der Freundinnen und Freunde eines Schwulen Museums in Berlin e.V.), the board of directors has the following responsibilites. (Please refer to the original german charter for the legally binding rulings).

7.1. The board of directors is consisting of 5 persons at minimum and eight at maximum. Only members of the association can be elected into the board. The board of directors can make decisions with a majority of the vote. and can only vote if more than half it’s members are present.

7.2. The board of directors is representing the association judicial and extrajudicial. Two of it’s members are authorised to represent.

7.3. The term of office is two years. The board of directors remains in office until a new board is elected.

7.4. If a member leaves the board of directors before their term of office ends, the board of directors can appoint an additional director until the next member’s meeting. All members of the association have to be informed about the updated board of directors appropriately.

7.5. The board of directors can be replaced if two thirds of a member’s meeting vote to elect a new board of directors.

Dr. Birgit Bosold

has been a board member of the Schwules Museum since 2006. She is responsible for the museum’s finances and was/is heavily involved in the strategic reorientation (new location and project enhancement) of the Schwules Museum. Birgit has also curated a number of exhibitions including: the first lesbian exhibition at SMU (2008), the art exhibition Gender-Gap (2010), an exhibition featuring artistic positions of womens soccer (2011) – WM (funded by the EU and the cultural foundation of the DFB), a retrospective of photographer Petra Gall (2012); whose extensive and historically significant archive she secured for the Schwules Museum, and a retrospective of the internationally renowned photographer Zanele Muholi (2014) in cooperation with Amnesty International, which was acquired by the Frauenmuseum Wiesbaden.

Birgit Bosold is the project leader and co-curator of the “Homosexualität_en” exhibiton which was initiated by the Schwules Museum in cooperation with the Deutsches Historisches Museum and with support from the Kulturstiftungen des Bundes (German cultural foundation). The exhibition was held in both the Schwules Museum and the Deutsches Historisches Museum in 2015 and in 2016 it was displayed at the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Munster. In 2016, Bosold (together with the president of the Deutsches Historisches Museum, Alexander Koch) was awarded the Kompasssnadel prize by the Schwulen Netzwerk NRW for her engagement and leadership of the project.

Professionally she works at home in private banking. After completing her doctorate in literature, she worked for many years at different renowned banks and now works as a freelance consultant in portfolio management for corporations, foundations, and private mandates, as well as working as a technical writer and teacher.

Vera Hofmann

Vera Hofmann has been a member of the Schwules Museum board of directors since 2016. In 2017 she led the exhibition group and the design process for the new visual identity of the museum, designed and built the travelling exhibition Unashamed: Lesbian Women and Gay Men in Hessen from 1945 – 1985 which was commissioned by the state of Hessen. Together with Birgit Bosold, Vera curates and directs the Year of the Women* 2018 – a queer feminist intervention of the Schwules Museum, funded by the Berlin Senate for Culture and Europe. Within this programming initiative she curates the exhibition and event formats 12 Moons, our own feminismS, and the Dyke Bar: SPIRITS.

She holds degrees in Business Studies (BA), Photo Design (BA) and Fine Arts (MA). She worked for five years as a consultant for diverse DAX businesses and cultural establishments, then as an independent photographer, and for the last ten years as an artist, working in an international exhibition practice with institutions and museums such as De Appel Arts Center Amsterdam, Benaki Museum Athens, House of World Cultures Berlin, and the Palais de Tokyo Paris.

As a member of the board of directors she works on different levels with the strategic orientation of the Schwules Museum in order to turn the institution into a queer social catalyst and a living, inclusive and magnetic space to build up various communities.

Christopher Izgin

Christopher Izgin (born December 1988) studied philosphy (MA) and classical philology (MA) as well as Germanic linguistics und Scandinavian studies (BA) in Berlin, Frankfurt am Main and New York. From Fall 2018 until Summer 2019 he will be conducting research with the philosophy department of the Goethe-University Frankfurt. Upon completion he will begin his doctrorate in theoretical philosophy in Berlin.

Since 2013 Christopher has been a member of the Association of Friends of the Schwules Museum. He has worked as a volunteer at the museum since 2017 where he’s helped to curate program features for the Year of the Women*, such as the queer feminist event series “our own feminisms” among others. He was involved with a number of queer, drag, and leftist social spheres and has persued a focus in the psychosocial situation of gay men, a topic on which he has already given many presentations in a number of different cities.

In his role on the SMU board of directors, Christopher will concentrate on event coordination. His wish for the Schwules Museum is that it will attract a more diverse public moving forwards, thereby cultivating opportunities for exchange across gender, generational, and international boundaries.

 

Ben Miller

Ben Miller (1992) is a Berlin-based student, author and researcher. The Boston native studied history and literature at New York University before he moved to Berlin to work as a DAAD guest researcher at the Magnus Hirschfeld Society. At the moment he studies Global History as part of an MA program at the Freie University. The focus of his research is the cultural history of modern gay and lesbian movements with a focus on anthropology and visual culture. His work has been published in Invertito and presented in conferences such as Historical Materialism and Imagine Queer. Ben also teaches queer history, literature, and visual culture at Humboldt University. He supports AA Bronson as a researcher on the project „A Public Apology to Siksika Nation“ which is an artistic research project on indigenous reconciliation in the western plains of Canada. He’s written and spoken about queer art and visual culture at the PS120 Berlin, LAXArt Los Angeles, and for AA Bronsons Media Guru publishers. His essays, belletristic, and critiques have been and/or will be published in the New York Times, Slate, Jacobin, VAN Magazine, and Tin House.

Jan-Claus Müller

Born in 1962, Jan-Claus has worked as a volunteer at the Schwules Museum since November 2010. Since then he has worked in all aspects of the museum’s basic daily functions; working at the register, in the café, at museum events, and looking over exhibitions. Since 2014 he has been a member of the Schwules Museum board of directors. His focuses are in volunteer services, organizing volunteer workshops, and addressing personnel questions. Professionally, Jan-Claus works as an associate director at a large social institution in the field of addiction and psychotherapy.

Brigitte Oytoy

Brigitte Oytoy (*1988) is a Berlin poli-drag queen from the drag tradition of Waldschlösschen. She studied history, cultural studies and sustainable development in Saarbrücken. For over 10 years she’s organized actions within the community and designed opening processes in various organizations: first in regional youth group projects in Saarland, then  the first-time establishment of a queer presentation at the AStA of Saarland University from a GayLesBi student group and most recently in nationwide networking as coordinator of the Federal Conference of Gay, Gay-Lesbian, and Queer Higher Education Lectures and Groups (former Schwulenreferatetreffen).

At the University of Saarland she gained experience in various commities where she was elected as a member of the student parliament, as secretary in the parliamentary committee, and as deputy senate member. In Berlin, she organizes shows and other events with the collective Council of the Rancid and hardly ever misses a political event in the scene.

As a member of the Schwules Museum board she wants to work with the planning and implementation of the event program as well as with networking and the ongoing opening process of the museum.

 

Heiner Schulze

is a Berlin based social scientist. He studied at Humboldt Universität in Berlin and has done studies and research residencies at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris, the New School of Social Research in New York City and the University of Agder in Kristiansand, Norway. The focus of his research is in social inequality, HIV/AIDS crisis, trauma and memory, as well as queer history and interventions. He organizes events in academic and artistic fields. Being active in educational politics for many years, he increasingly began to engage with queer politics. Following the traditions of the gay movement‘s drag queens and fairies, he can found at demonstrations wearing high heels as well as on the stage as a part of Tuntenkombo. Before being elected as a board member of the Schwules Museum, Schulze was active as a volunteer in the museum library and archive. Based on this experience, he wants to give more attention to the somewhat neglected library and archive and strengthen links to the community and science. Furthermore, he sees the Schwules Museum as an important social space that is brought to life through events and workshops. As a SMU board member, Schulze wants to further stimulate the development of this social space and help other people and groups to fill the space.