With his concept of sexual citizenship, David T. Evans offered a framework for thinking about sexuality as a matter for civic and human rights. Can this perspective apply to queer lives, practices, and expression in Poland during the 1970s and in Central and Eastern Europe during the Cold War more broadly ?
Some of the questions this symposium seeks to explore are : How to tell the history of Polish and other CEE queers in the 1970s and prior to their partial political emancipation post-1989 ? Is it one history or rather many histories, influenced by gender, class, and ethnicity, as well as geopolitical location ? What kind of impact did the East/West divide, which defined the political era, have on queer experience, queer networks, and queers’ sense of belonging ? What is the relationship between queer lives, both individual and collective, and civic rights ? Is Evans’s framing applicable to the Polish and other CEE contexts of the period ? What is the meaning of doing queer history now ? What can we learn from our inquiries into the past, and from oral history specifically ?
We invite empirically grounded, as well as theoretical and methodological, papers that address these and related questions. Please submit your abstract (max. 250 words) and bio (max. 150 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 17. Decisions about acceptance of abstracts for this workshop will be emailed by July 3.
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