Bojan BILIĆ

Academic Year:
2016/2017

Research Program:
EntE Europe next to Europe

Affiliation:
Amsterdam Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality, Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam

Position:
Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow

Country:
Serbia

Research project: Queeroslavia: The History and Politics of (Post-)Yugoslav LGBT Activism

In spite of its relevance for peace and stability in Europe, the Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav space hardly ever appears in the theoretical literature on political contention. In that regard, it is not surprising that research on LGBT issues in the post-Yugoslav region is still rather scarce and it rarely departs from the timeworn tropes of male hegemony and “Balkan backwardness”. The proposed research project seeks to build upon my current work on the relationship between Europeanisation and LGBT activist strategies, as well as on intersectionality and multiple discriminations of LGBT people to trace the emergence and developmental pathways of Serbian and Croatian (but also Montenegrin, Slovenian, Bosnian and Herzegovinian, Macedonian and Kosovar) LGBT activist groups. Positioned at the interface between historical and political sociology, anthropology and social movement theory, this project critically reviews, systematises and contributes to the growing scholarship on LGBT organising in the still rather insufficiently studied Eastern European context.