Queer in Europe takes stock of the intellectual and social status and treatment of queer in the New Europe of the twenty-first century, addressing the ways in which the Anglo-American term and concept 'queer' is adapted in different national contexts, where it takes on subtly different overtones, determined by local political specificities and intellectual traditions. Bringing together contributions by carefully chosen experts, this book explores key aspects of queer in a range of European national contexts, namely: Belgium, Cyprus, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, The Nordic Region, The Netherlands, Poland, Russia and Spain. Rather than prescribing a universalizing definition, the book engages with a wide spectrum of what is meant by 'queer', as each chapter negotiates the contested border between direct queer activist action based on identity categories, and more plural queer strategies that call these categories into question. The first volume in English devoted to the exploration of queer in Europe, this book makes an important intervention in contemporary queer studies.

chapter |10 pages


ByLisa Downing, Robert Gillett

chapter |14 pages

Queer in Belgium

Ignorance, Goodwill, Compromise
ByBart Eeckhout

chapter |16 pages

Queer in Cyprus

National Identity and the Construction of Gender and Sexuality
ByNayia Kamenou

chapter |16 pages

Queer in England: 1

The Comfort of Queer? Kittens, Teletubbies and Eurovision
ByDavid Nixon, Nick Givens

chapter |14 pages

Queer in France

AIDS Dissidentification in France
ByJames N. Agar

chapter |14 pages

Queer in Germany

Materialist Concerns in Theory and Activism
ByUte Kalender

chapter |14 pages

Queer in Hungary

Hate Speech Regulation and the Queering of the Conduct/Speech Binary
ByErzsébet Barát

chapter |14 pages

Queer in Ireland

‘Deviant' Filiation and the (Un)holy Family
ByAnne Mulhall

chapter |16 pages

Queer in Italy

Italian Televisibility and the ‘Queerable' Audience
ByLuca Malici

chapter |14 pages

Queer in the Netherlands

Pro-Gay and Anti-Sex – Sexual Politics at a Turning Point
ByGert Hekma

chapter |16 pages

Queer in the Nordic Region

Telling Queer (Feminist) Stories
ByUlrika Dahl

chapter |14 pages

Queer in Poland

Under Construction
ByŁukasz Szulc

chapter |16 pages

Queer in Russia

Othering the Other of the West
ByBrian James Baer

chapter |14 pages

Queer in Spain

Identity without Limits 1
BySantiago Fouz-Hernández