„Queering Europe: On the Sexual Politics of Europeanisation“, Institutskolloquium am IfEE, 13.11.2018

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Tuesday, 13.11.2018, 2-4pm
Hausvogteiplatz 5-7, 10117 Berlin, room 0007
Institutskolloquium, Institut für Europäische Ethnologie, HU Berlin

Queering Europe: On the Sexual Politics of Europeanisation

Speakers: Monika Baer (Associate Professor, University of Wrocław), Nikolai Gorbachov (Research Associate, European Humanities University Vilnius)
Respondent: Anika Keinz (Junior Professor, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)
Moderator: Patrick Wielowiejski (Ph.D. Candidate, Humboldt University Berlin)

What would a queer intervention into Europeanisation studies look like? Recent debates in queer studies have spurred critical investigations into the idea of Europeanness as inherently liberal and tolerant, especially in terms of gender and sexuality, vis-à-vis an intolerant, pre-modern, non-European Other. “Queering Europe,” then, could mean putting emphasis on the relevance of gender, sexuality, and heteronormativity in racialised imaginations of Europe. On the other hand, it could also refer to “queer” as a verb. In this sense, queering can be understood as a deconstructive practice that questions the supposedly unquestionable truths of identity and normativity, not limited to gender and sexuality. As Sara Ahmed writes, “[t]o make things queer is […] to disturb the order of things” (Ahmed 2006, 161). With two perspectives from Central and Eastern Europe, in this session of the colloquium we will debate the (often invisible) sexual politics at the heart of Europeanisation, its emancipatory potentials as well as the exclusions it produces. How do ideas and ideals of Europe influence activism, and how might they be “queered” in turn? What does it mean to think Europe from a queer perspective?

This session is organised in cooperation with Labor GenderQueerEthno: https://www.euroethno.hu-berlin.de/de/forschung/labore/genderqueer
Please consult the whole programme of the lecture series „Ethnographies of the Contemporary: Perspektiven und Positionen einer Anthropologie des Politischen“ by following this link: https://www.euroethno.hu-berlin.de/de/veranstaltungen/institutskolloquium/wintersemester-2018-19/institutskolloquium-wintersemester-2018-19


Dr. Jens Adam

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Institut für Europäische Ethnologie
Mohrenstraße 41
10117 Berlin

mail: adamjens@cms.hu-berlin.de

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