Keynotes: Sam Bourcier, University of Lille; Fatima El-Tayeb, UC San
Diego, and others TBC

_Cruising the Seventies: Imagining queer Europe then and now_ explores
cultural expressions of LGBTQ struggles across Europe in the 1970s,
asking what queer histories of this decade might offer in the political

The decade that lies between the early expressions of Gay Liberation in
the US in the late 1960s and the onset of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the
early 1980s occupies a central place in the imaginary of queer politics
and the histories that are told of it. Across Europe in the 1970s
expressions of queer sexuality manifested unevenly. Through legislative
changes, organised rights movements, and counter-cultural practices,
LGBTQ individuals and groups emerged into tentative public visibility
informed by anti-colonial struggles and in exchange with the Women’s
Liberation Movement.

The burgeoning of an emergent LGBTQ politics in this period was shaped
through cultural expressions. The circulation of manifestos,
experimental literature, film and art, and the aesthetic dimensions of
political activism, all represent crucial forms through which queer life
was lived and imagined. Revisited through the lens of the present,
cultural expressions of LGBTQ activism in the 1970s allow a
discontinuous history of queer visibility to appear, one that has been
variously mythologised and marginalised, its political possibilities
limited, subsumed, and opened out.

At a time of uncertainty in Europe we hope to excavate these unrealised
possibilities of queer pasts. We invite papers for an international
conference that explore cultural expressions of queer community and
politics at a formative period in the history of postnational Europe. We
welcome contributions from academics, activists, and artists that turn
to aesthetics in order to explore the radical manifestations of queer
politics, community, and sexuality across Europe in the 1970s.

With a focus on cultural expressions and aesthetic dimensions of the
queer 1970s, possible topics could include but are not limited to:

* Methods and methodologies for addressing the 1970s in the present
including perspectives on queer historiography;
* Cultural, dialogic and/or sexual exchanges between Western and
Central Europe;
* Histories of movement and migration between European colonies and
countries, including tourism to former European colonies;
* The impact of religious, legal and medical discourses and
institutions on nascent expressions of LGBTQ visibility;
* Spaces of sexual liberation and queer struggle such as bookshops,
bars and cafes, parks and public toilets, and the domestic sphere;
* Intersections between Gay Liberation with anti-colonial struggles,
the Third World and Women’s Liberation Movements, socialism and other
Left movements;
* The ways that the 1970s influenced or has been imagined through queer
* Reference to the 1970s in contemporary queer activism and art.

Expressions of interest in the form of 250-word abstracts for 20-minute
papers or proposals for alternative formats should be sent to by 5pm, FRIDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2018.

We welcome submissions from academics, artists and other cultural
producers, activists, independent researchers, and groups. For alternate
formats, we will work with applicants to find suitable venues where

Please feel free to contact us at if you would like to
discuss your submission in advance of the deadline.

There will be no fee to take part in this conference. Additionally, we
are committed to supporting those who work precariously either within or
outside of the academy. In recognition of these conditions, bursaries
will be available for speakers who do not have access to institutional
support. These will support travel and accommodation. Please indicate on
your proposal if you would like to be considered for one of these

The events will take place across a range of spaces in Edinburgh
including academic and non-academic ones. All events associated with the
conference will be free and wheelchair accessible. Where possible events
and screenings will be accompanied by live or closed captions and

explores LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) social and
sexual cultures of the 1970s, and their significance for LGBTQ people
across Europe now and in the future. CRUSEV reconstructs aspects of
LGBTQ cultures and interactions from the 1970s, the decade before
HIV/AIDS, to consider what this knowledge can contribute to queer
politics and identity in Europe’s present and future. The three-year
research project is financed by the European funding agency HERA, under
HERA’s ‘Uses of the Past’ theme. [2]

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

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