The essay collection Queers in State Socialism: Cruising 1970s Poland edited by CRUSEV’s Polish PI Tomasz Basiuk and team researcher Jedrzej Burszta is now available to pre-order from Routledge, and will be published in October 2020. The contributions to the book engage with queer lives and activism in 1970s Poland, illustrating discourses about queerness and … Continue reading “Queers in State Socialism: Cruising 1970s Poland”
Glyn Davis and Laura Guy are currently developing a book with Bloomsbury entitled Queer Print in Europe, which it is anticipated will be published in 2021. The collection of essays and interviews looks at various forms of queer print (magazines, zines, pamphlets, journals, flyers, photographs, manifestoes, etc) and their traffic within and across European borders … Continue reading “URGENT CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS”
Together with the feminist film collective TINT, CRUSEV Berlin team member Janin Afken co-produced a documentary film on the history of a subcultural lesbian feminist bar in Berlin, established in the spirit of the 1970s in a former fashion store specialising in fur. The film is titled Pelze Multimedia (1981-1996). Ein Dokumentarfilm. It portrays the … Continue reading “Pelze Multimedia (1981-1996). Ein Dokumentarfilm”
The Interalia Journal of Queer Studies published a special issue that emerged from an event organised by the CRUSEV Poland team. Rózowy Jezyk (Pink Tongue) was a workshop held in June 2018 in Warsaw. Interalia’s special issue includes contributions from some of those who contributed to the workshop, including team members J?drek Burszta, Tomasz Basiuk, Karolina Morawska, Karol Radziszewski, … Continue reading “Special Journal Issue: Rózowy Jezyk”
CRUSEV’s Tomasz Basiuk wrote a review of Karol Radziszewski‘s 2019 exhibition ‘Queer Archives Institute’ at Berlin’s Schwules Museum for ArtMargins. Radziszewski’s CRUSEV-supported exhibition Potega sekretów (The Power of Secrets) at Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw was also featured in Vogue Poland!
Centrum Sztuki Wspólczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski Warsaw, Poland November 15, 2019 to March 29, 2020 What is queer memory and can it be built in a common effort? The Power of Secrets at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art is an experimental solo exhibition – the first such broad presentation of CRUSEV’s Warsaw Team member … Continue reading “Karol Radziszewski: Potega sekretów/the Power of Secrets”
New York in the late 1970s was a city on fire: ruined, dangerous, almost bankrupt, but the setting for an explosion of experimental music, art, poetry, film, and queer world-making. Existing on its fringes, Manhattan’s waterfront was a forgotten zone of abandoned warehouses and ruined piers. Though many saw only blight, the derelict neighbourhood was … Continue reading “Fiona Anderson: Cruising the Dead River Book Launch”
The collection Sexual Culture in Germany in the 1970s: A Golden Age for Queers? edited by CRUSEV Berlin team members Janin Afken and Benedikt Wolf is now available to pre-order from Palgrave Macmillan, and will be published in January 2020. This book is the first attempt to present a comprehensive picture of LGBT culture in … Continue reading “Sexual Culture in Germany in the 1970s: A Golden Age for Queers?”
CRUSEV team member Alberto Berzosa curated the exhibition Sex Politics of Marginal Cinema, 1970s and ’80s at IVAM. Institut Valencià d’Art Modern from June 27 to October 6, 2019. In the 1970s and early 1980s there was an area of personal, political and cinematographic creation and experimentation that centred its discourse on dissident sexualities. Berzosa calls … Continue reading “Sex Politics of Marginal Cinema, 1970s and ’80s, curated by Alberto Berzosa”
CRUSEV hosted a reception on September 23, 2019 for UK team member Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay‘s final PhD exhibition, the result of three years of research into the private libraries of gay scholars in Amsterdam, London, Paris, and Montreal. Around thirty-five of CRUSEV’s friends and extended family attended the reception, which took place in the University … Continue reading “Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay: I Don’t Know Where Paradise Is”
Presented as part of the Imagining Queer Europe Then and Now conference, this panel included the two presentations, followed by a discussion moderated by Delwar Hussain. Grinjo Joseph (Tezpur University) presented, ‘European Queer 70s and Becomings: Spatiality, Queerness and Bombay Dost’; and Paris-based artist and poet Tarek Lakhrissi presented, ‘Planets and stars and time travel: a … Continue reading “Queer Colours of Archives”
Day 3 of Imagining Queer Europe Then and Now began with a discussion between Grietje Baars (City Law School, University of London) and Nat Raha (Edinburgh College of Art) about contemporary activism, poetry, and what queers can learn from the activist cultures of not only from the 1970s, but also the 1980s. Laura Guy moderated.
Day 3 of CRUSEV’s Imagining Queer Europe Then and Now conference concluded with a collective action of discussion and imagining led by CRUSEV UK team members Fiona Anderson and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay. Conference members were invited to engage in conversation about the core themes that the conference sought to address, which were printed on large … Continue reading “F*ck the Future: a proposal for collective action”
The Imagining Queer Europe Then and Now conference ended with Graham Bell Tornado‘s spectacular live performance, ANTITAINMENT ’70 at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre. The musical cabaret performance combined singing, video projections and sociopolitical commentary focused on comparisons between British performers with their Spanish contemporaries, addressing the different levels of freedom experienced by queers in 1970s UK … Continue reading “ANTITAINMENT ’70 – performance by Graham Bell Tornado”
Presented as part of the Imagining Queer Europe Then and Now conference, this panel included three presentations. The panel began with a short Q&A moderated by Fiona Anderson in which artist Liz Rosenfeld discussed her her performance lecture, Resisting Interpretation. This was followed by ‘Reflections on Hubert Fichte’s Essay on Puberty (1974)’, presented by William Martin (Al … Continue reading “Queer Temporalities, Sexual Boundaries”
Presented as part of the Imagining Queer Europe Then and Now conference, this panel included the two presentations, followed by a discussion moderated by Roberto Filippello. Maria Bühner (Leipzig University) presented, ‘“I thought I was the only one that felt that way”: The 1970s as a turning point for the ways to feel about homosexuality … Continue reading “Queer Feelings, Emotional Resistances”
The second keynote discussion at Imagining Queer Europe Then and Now featured celebrated London-based artist Sunil Gupta speaking with University of Sussex scholar Flora Dunster about over four decades of producing images. Gupta presented a slideshow of images of photographs and print ephemera from exhibitions and publications of his projects from the 1970s through to … Continue reading “Do you have place? – a keynote discussion between Sunil Gupta and Flora Dunster”
Imagining Queer Europe Then and Now opened with a conversation between Royal Holloway professor Mandy Merck and University of Newcastle fellow Laura Guy. Merck charted a history of feminist, lesbian, and queer media cultures in the United Kingdom since the 1970s, accompanied by a slide show of archival images assembled by Merck and Guy. The … Continue reading “Deviations and Conversions Seventies Style – a keynote discussion between Mandy Merck and Laura Guy”
Berlin-based artist Liz Rosenfeld narrated an hour-long performance lecture as the opening event on Day 2 of the Imagining Queer Europe Then and Now conference on March 15, 2019. The audience was led into a darkened theatre space at Traverse Theatre, where they heard Rosenfeld’s voice over speakers, but could not see her. Rosenfeld recounted … Continue reading “Resisting Interpretation – a performance lecture by artist and filmmaker Liz Rosenfeld”
As part of the opening day of CRUSEV’s Imagining Queer Europe Then and Now conference, Stockholm-based artist Conny Karlsson Lundgren presented his multi-media installation ‘(Dissident) Dance Actions’. The piece is the result of research Karlsson Lundgren undertook in the archives of Denmark’s Bøsseaktivisterna (The Gay Activists), and takes form in textiles, film, and a video … Continue reading “(Dissident) Dance Actions : a screening and presentation by artist Conny Karlsson Lundgren”
CRUSEV’s final conference, Imagining Queer Europe Then and Now began with a welcome event at the Edinburgh College of Art’s Wee Red Bar. Participants travelled from across the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Spain, Canada, the United States, Palestine, and India to attend the conference. Everyone assembled at the bar to … Continue reading “Welcome to Imagining Queer Europe Then and Now”
You, Dear Doctor, Are My Only Rescue!, an epistolary performance co-produced by CRUSEV’s Polish and UK teams, was presented on April 17 at Scala Cinema in Brno, Czech Republic. Programmed by Katerina Lisková of Masaryk University, the performance involved the transcribing, reading, and recirculating letters written to Socialist era Polish sexologists in the original Polish and in … Continue reading “You, Dear Doctor, Are My Only Rescue!”
Thursday 14 – Saturday 16 March 2019
Programme for CRUSEV UK’s conference, featuring artists, academics and activists exploring queer histories and cultural expressions of the 1970s offer the political present.
The turn of the 1970s in culture, science and politics On January 12, 2019 the Polish CRUSEV team hosted the first seminar this year (and twelfth overall). The guest speaker was Maciej Gdula, professor of sociology at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Warsaw. In his lecture, Gdula proposed a critical reformulation of … Continue reading “2 x Polish Seminars and 6 x Public Events”
Tuesday November 13 2018
Conference Room 1.06
University of Edinburgh
Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay presents the first instalment of a queer listening group at Edinburgh College of Art.
CRUSEV UK team member Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay presented a performative keynote address at the Imagine Queer: Exploring the Radical Potential of Queerness Now conference at Newcastle University on October 13, 2018. The conference, organised by CRUSEV comrade Aleksandra Gajowy, considered interdisciplinary approaches to the transgressive potential of queerness today. Nemerofsky’s presentation questioned the appropriateness of … Continue reading “There is no keynote: a polyphonic retreat”
Documentación parcial del histórico simposio de Crusev España Resistencias del Sur, celebrada el 27 y 28 de abril de 2018 en el Institut Valencià d’Art Modern.
20-22 September 2018
University of Warsaw
Programme for CRUSEV Poland’s symposium, addressing sexual citizenship in the context of to queer lives, practices, and expression in Poland during the 1970s and in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) during the Cold War.
CRUSEV Poland’s Agnieszka Koscianska introduces her new book – a book long conversation with the sex educator and youth therapist Wieslaw Sokoluk, in which Sokoluk tells the story of sex education handbook he co-authored in 1987.
Call for Papers
14 – 16 March 2019
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 present.
Wednesday 27 June 2018
18.00 – 19.30 hrs
RoSa vzw, Brussels, Belgium
Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay presents his navigational score for the library of the RoSa Kenniscentrum voor Gender en Feminisme, which leads participants through the collection following feelings, memories and personal curiosities.
“Rozowy jezyk” (Pink Tongue) the first part of the Polish milestone event, was a one-day workshop devoted to the terminologies and linguistic practices related to queerness.
On 25 May 2018 the Polish CRUSEV team hosted its final public seminar before the university’s summer break. The invited speaker was Professor Remigiusz Ryzinski, author of Foucault w Warszawie (Foucault in Warsaw), recently nominated for the prestigious Polish “Nike” literary award in the category of reportage. Ryzinski talked about his archival research and the oral … Continue reading “Foucault in Warsaw”
Symposium – Call for Papers
20-22 September 2018
University of Warsaw, Poland
Saturday 9 June 2018,
University of Warsaw:
The Polish CRUSEV team have organised a workshop – ‘Pink Tongue’, in English – which will explore different historical approaches to the history of sexuality.
CRUSEV UK team member Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay’s audio project Trees Are Fags launched at LUX Moving Image in London on May 18, 2018. Co-commissioned by CRUSEV and LUX, the thirty-minute audio walk explores the history and aesthetics of gay sex cruising in city parks, making a number of arguments about the links between gay men … Continue reading “Trees Are Fags”
Report from the CRUSEV Poland seminar at the University of Warsaw, with Dr. Maria Debinska discussing her anthropological research on transgenderism in the People’s Republic of Poland in the 1970s and 80s.
Friday 28 – Saturday 29 April 2018
Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain
Complete, bilingual programme for CRUSEV Spain’s international conference, rethinking the culture and politics of sexual dissidence in 1970s Spain.
Wednesday 11 April 2018
Involving archivists, conservators, theorists and practitioners, this one-day workshop focused on the subject of material as a means to approach histories of subcultural style. Includes a keynote talk on the semiotics of desire with fashion anthropologist Ted Polhemus.
A report from CRUSEV Poland’s seminar with Dorota Hall, discussing her ethnographic research with LGBT Christians and discourses around homosexuality, bisexuality and transgenderism in the Roman Catholic Church
Thursday 1 March 2018
Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, Devon
Agnieszka Koscianska and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay will be staging their bilingual performance installation of LGBT letters to Polish Sexologists in Exeter
Monday 19 February 2018
Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square, Edinburgh
Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay’s Five Ages performs a floral archaeology that explores the relationships between human history and plant life, specifically within the context of a queer aesthetics.
The fourth public seminar organized by the Polish CRUSEV team, with Prof Joanna Nizynska discussing the writing of Miron Bialoszewski, was held at the University of Warsaw on Thursday 11 January 2018.
Much queer cultural production in 1970s Spain, whether in comics, literature, music, or film, developed under the rubric of the “underground.” In this essay commission by LUX for Cruising Ground, Juan Suárez discusses how this label is as problematic as it is in many ways expressive and appropriate through the work of Arrietta.
Sunday 21 January 2018
London Short Film Festival, ICA
Originally filmed in 1962 by the Ohio police, William E Jones’s Tearoom is surveillance footage, a blunt tool of oppression that documented men cruising in a public restroom. Includes a panel discussion with Crusev’s Fiona Anderson.
Report from CRUSEV Poland’s seminar on the role of women’s stories and interviews in the process of creating feminist narratives of the past in Poland, with Dr Dobrochna Kalwa, held at the University of Warsaw.
Friday 28 – Saturday 29 April 2018
Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Valencià
Solicitud de Comunicaciones/Call for Papers
The Spanish 1970s have been subject to considerable revisionary research in the last few years, in part because of the numerous characteristics that decade shares with our own. The purpose of this conference is not to return upon well-trodden ground, but to cast some light upon those aspects of the period that have been neglected by existing accounts, and to rethink the culture and politics of sexual dissidence in 1970s Spain in relation to three frames of reference: (s)exiles, parties and other forms of resistance, and queer counter-memories / militant anarchives.
Heiner Schulze wrote a report on the CRUSEV conference ‘A Golden Age for Queer Sexual Politics?’, held in Berlin in July 2017. The report is reproduced here in full.
Video Documentation of CRUSEV Spain’s seminar on LGBTQ radical sexual politics and cultures from the 1970s, held in Madrid, June 2017
A brief report from CRUSEV Poland’s seminar featuring Joanna Mizielinska, Justyna Struzik and Agnieszka Krol from the “Families of Choice in Poland” research project
Report from CRUSEV Poland’s first public seminar, including remarks from Dr Blazej Warkocki
Photographs from the performance installation, held in Edinburgh, August 2017
In this essay commissioned with LUX, Crusev’s Glyn Davis addresses Derek Jarman’s use of the warehouse as a film-making space.
What does it mean to see the action of cruising as a method for something that is not sexual? CRUSEV’s Fiona Anderson explores in her essay produced in collaboration with LUX
Mark Siegal discusses artist’s memorialisations of Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Klappensex in the second essay commissioned in partnership with Lux
In the first of a series of essays commissioned in partnership with LUX, Aleksandra Gajowy discusses relations between the norms and homosexual desire in Misunderstanding, an unprecedented work from communist Poland
Tuesday 8 August 2017
Basic Mountain, Edinburgh
A performance installation by Agnieszka Koscianska and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay. In socialist Poland, sexologists who ran columns in youth magazines received thousands of letters…
Sunday 13 August 2017
This day workshop explores cruising as a method for tracing the queer past and surviving in the present and future, drawing on Fiona Anderson and Laura Guy’s research into pre-HIV/AIDS queer social and sexual cultures, regeneration, and community building in the 1970s.
The new book by Crusev’s Agnieszka Koscianska guides readers through developments in the field of sex education in Poland throughout the 20th century.
26-27 June 2017
CentroCentro y Conde Duque, Madrid
Millions of perverses aims to make collective formulas of struggle again accessible, explores genealogies of certain transgressive approaches to sexuality and gender, and activates in our present the political uses of the memories of sexual radicality that time and his official narrations have blurred.
An exhibition, curated by Juan Guardiola and Juan Suárez, of the LGBTQ audiovisual culture in Spain since the first demonstration in defence of the rights of gays and lesbians in September 1977 in Barcelona.
Here are short abstracts for the two keynotes at our workshop, by Maria Pramaggiore and Lazlo Pearlman.
Thursday 20 – Saturday 22 July 2017
Humboldt University, Berlin
This conference aims to explore the queer appeal of the 1970s by both highlighting their legendary aspects and questioning the historical construction of the decade.
CRUSEV’s Janin Afken and Benedikt Wolf’s seminar ask how queer life writing is connected to significant literary tendencies in the Germans 1960s and 1970s like documentary literature and New Subjectivity.
Shortly after World AIDS Day 2017, CRUSEV’s Fiona Anderson and EUROPACH hosted a screening and discussion with Hubbard about his life and work.
Mark Clintberg and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay presented a book-wrapping action as part of the Between the Sheets: Radical Print Before the Queer Bookstore
Friday 26 May 2017, Edinburgh College of Art
A one-day interdisciplinary workshop on methodological approaches to the study of sex, between scholars from disciplines including sexology, medicine, law, cultural history, art and design.
CRUSEV’s Glyn Davis attended this year’s Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in Chicago. Here’s his report.
CRUSEV’s postdoctoral researcher Benedikt Wolf (Berlin) has been spending time working with Felix Rexhausen’s archive. He wrote the following report about his research.
A timeline of tweets from Between the Sheets: Radical Print Cultures before the Queer Bookshop
Information on the accessibility of our symposium, taking place in Glasgow, 23-24 February 2017
Here’s the full programme for our forthcoming symposium in Glasgow, Scotland. Tickets have now sold out but those without a space can join a waiting list by calling CCA Glasgow.
Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, Scotland
23-24 February 2017
Between the Sheets is framed around three conversations with a range of speakers who will share their experiences with print cultures in the 1970s,
Friday 21 – Saturday 22 July 2017
Humboldt University, Berlin
Call for Papers
Cruising the 70s is funded by HERA.