Right now we are deeply enmeshed in the sound design for an upcoming educational series on “Queerness” directed by Dr Antke Engel for Fernuniversit√§t Hagen. A section of our work for the project is featured in a radio program on Bayerischer Rundfunk dedicated to the politics and intracacies of gender neutral language in German.

In particular the program explores the use of the * character in words like, for instance, Taxifahrer*innen to indicate taxi drivers of no specific gender. We designed sounds to represent the * in verbal language – up to now, no sound has been agreed upon for general usage.

You can listen to the program “Gerecht sprechen – Was wir mit Gendersternchen, neuen Pronomen und Co gewinnen” here (in German):

https://www.br.de/mediathek/podcast/nachtstudio/gerecht-sprechen-was-wir-mit-gendersternchen-neuen-pronomen-und-co-gewinnen/1812549