“Resistencias del Sur. Usos del Pasado, Periferias y Espacios de liberación sexual”/ “Resistance from the Queer South: Uses of the Past, Peripheries, and the Spaces of Sexual Liberation”

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.

SOLICITUD DE COMUNICACIONES
Congreso Internacional
“Resistencias del Sur.
Usos del Pasado, Periferias y Espacios de liberación sexual”

27 y 28 de abril de 2018
Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM)
C/ Guillen de Castro 118
46003 Valencia

 //  CALL FOR PAPERS
International Conference:
“Resistance from the Queer South:
Uses of the Past, Peripheries, and the Spaces of Sexual Liberation”

April 27 and 28, 2018
Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM)
C/ Guillen de Castro 118
46003 Valencia

[English Version below]

La década de los setenta ha sido motivo de numerosas revisiones durante los últimos años en España, en gran parte por los numerosos elementos comunes que tiene con el presente ?crisis económica, agotamiento de régimen, experimentación política y social, movilizaciones ciudadanas masivas? que en la actualidad nos hacen mirar hacia el pasado buscando explicaciones, pero también inspiración. En materia de disidencias sexuales los 70 fueron un gran espacio de experimentación, lucha y resistencia. La década comenzó con el recrudecimiento de la represión mediante la aprobación de la Ley de Peligrosidad y Rehabilitación Social (1970); la consiguiente reacción a esta ley fue la fundación en 1971 del Movimiento Español de Liberación Homosexual (MELH), el primer colectivo militante en defensa de las trans, lesbianas y gais del Estado español. Este colectivo se desarrolló en la clandestinidad, igual que eran clandestinas por entonces las vidas de quienes no encajaban en la norma heteropatriarcal. La historia del movimiento y de las bases sociales que lo atravesaron entre aquel momento inaugural y los cambios culturales y políticos que llegaron con la crisis del SIDA en los 80 al Estado español ha sido narrada ampliamente en los últimos tiempos, como parte de la revisión histórica del periodo transicional general de las periferias europeas. No queremos aquí volver a insistir sobre experiencias ya conocidas, sino arrojar luz sobre las zonas más oscuras un tanto olvidadas por los relatos existentes. Para ello acotaremos tres marcos de referencia con el fin de pensar la cultura y la política de la disidencia sexual de los setenta: los sexilios, la fiesta y otras variedades de resistencia, memoria y contrametodologías queer de los archivos precarios y militantes.

Sexilios: Dadas las condiciones de asfixiante dictadura en España, desde bien temprano el movimiento de liberación sexual representado por el MELH pudo sobrevivir únicamente gracias a los contactos de sus fundadorxs con otros grupos extranjeros, fundamentalmente franceses, británicos y estadounidenses. Con la muerte de Franco en 1975 los colectivos de gais, lesbianas y trans se multiplicaron por todo el país e igualmente sus conexiones e intercambios con otras geografías. A España llegaron referencias culturales y políticas de distintas latitudes de America Latina y del sur de Europa. Se estrecharon lazos, se tradujeron libros y llegaron lxs exiliadxs sexuales que enriquecieron los discursos del activismo y transitaron las nuevas redes de socialización tejidas entre las bases sociales de la transición. La resistencia sexual en España nacía atravesada por la idea del sexilio, como una amalgama de acentos y con una vocación solidaria e internacionalista que extendió los planteamientos sobre sexualidad y género hasta mezclarlos con los de diáspora y más adelante también con ideas sobre la raza y el mestizaje. Sin embargo, estos flujos culturales y políticos sólo se conocen a grandes rasgos, nombres como Mario Mieli, Copi o Héctor Anabitarte resuenan en un imaginario colectivo que aún está por explorar.

Fiesta y otras resistencias: La cultura de la liberación sexual atravesó los espacios marginales de la realidad española. Durante los 70, la actividad militante contra las leyes represivas y el desarrollo más o menos sumergido de nuevas formas de vida centradas en la liberación de los deseos y en la expresión desacomplejada de las sexualidades encontraron en el carácter resistente una de sus principales constantes. La creación fue terreno constante de experimentación con estrategias de resistencia, y las redes de afecto que se tejieron entre marginadxs hicieron más llevadera la opresión y facilitaron la supervivencia.  El espacio común de la fiesta, que siempre había sido lugar de encuentro y complicidad entre subalternxs, se convirtió en reducto habitual de resistencia, hasta el punto de que las manifestaciones políticas fueron por momentos carnaval y los locales nocturnos y los lugares de encuentro y de ligue gay más o menos clandestinos, como parques, cines y otros entornos públicos o semi-públicos se convirtieron en espacios de conspiración en nombre de la disidencia política y sexual. La resistencia atravesaba todas las dimensiones de la vida alrededor del movimiento de liberación, pero no se conocen aún sus múltiples rostros, especialmente en las periferias peninsulares. Si bien los espacios de la fiesta y la resistencia de Madrid y Barcelona han sido documentados en testimonios personales y estudios históricos, los de otras zonas de la península permanecen aún sin explorar. Y esto es aún más evidente en el caso de las comunidades lésbica y trans, a menudo soslayadas en historias de la liberación sexual centradas en sus protagonistas masculinos.

Contrametodologías queer: El estudio del pasado, aun cuando sea relativamente reciente, plantea problemas metodológicos. Primero por el inevitable declive de sus testigos, que hace de la recuperación de la memoria vulnerable una tarea urgente y de resistencia: lxs protagonistas de los 70 conservan vivencias, recuerdos y materiales en forma de colecciones personales, que en ocasiones se encuentran en una deriva precaria que hace indispensable un trabajo de archivo militante. En segundo término porque las inercias historiográficas dominantes tienden a colonizar el pasado desde el presente y a homogeneizarlo a través de narrativas que pierden de vista su especificidad. A menudo la memoria hegemónica funciona como un ritual de poder con ánimo caníbal que, a través de las lógicas de jerarquización y catalogación, puede hacer desaparecer con facilidad  la variedad de las diversidades sexuales de los 70. La precariedad y la inercia de la historia hacen necesaria una reactivación del pasado que respete su diferencia específica con respecto al presente y que busque reactivar estilos de disidencia y formas de análisis de la opresión sexual que puedan ser movilizados para la construcción del presente y el futuro. Esto ha de llevarnos a mantener un debate sobre la memoria activa del pasado como activadora del presente entre metodologías contrahegemónicas, archivos visuales y pedagogías queer críticas.

El congreso “Resistencias del sur” pretende constituirse al mismo tiempo como un espacio para la investigación y la reflexión histórica y para la experimentación metodológica en su propio funcionamiento interno. Desde la organización del congreso se plantean tres ejes temáticos Sexilios, Fiestas y otras resistencias y Contrametodologías queer/Archivos precarios/archivos militantes, para trabajar con ellos y pensar las realidades culturales, sociales y políticas de trans, lesbianas y gais en la España de los años 70, con el propósito de problematizar algunos lugares comunes respecto a su historia e indagar en los puntos ciegos que nos dejan los relatos de que actualmente disponemos.

Las propuestas deben incluir un título, cinco palabras clave, el nombre y una breve biografía de de lxs autorxs, el eje de trabajo al cual van dirigidos (de los tres indicados arriba) y un resumen que tendrá una extensión máxima de 500 palabras. El plazo de recepción de propuestas será el 8 de enero de 2018. La selección de ponencias se comunicará a partir del 22 de enero. Lxs ponentes seleccionados deberán entregar posteriormente los textos de sus comunicaciones. La extensión de estos textos será de 2500 palabras como máximo y la fecha límite de entrega el 6 de abril.  Las comunicaciones aceptadas se colgarán en la página del congreso a partir del 10 de abril hasta la celebración del mismo y su lectura será obligada para lxs participantes de cada una de las mesas, de modo que durante el congreso las personas que compongan cada mesa expondrán brevemente los principales puntos de su propuesta, a fin de asegurar que el público asistente conozca su contenido, y a continuación se iniciará un debate/conversación sobre los distintos temas planteados entre todxs lxs compañerxs de las mesas, que estará abierto también a la participación de lxs asistentes.

Todas las comunicaciones han de enviarse a la dirección alberto.berzosa@um.es antes del 8 de enero de 2018.

Consultas: alberto.berzosa@um.es

El congreso tendrá lugar los días 27 y 28 de abril de 2018 en las instalaciones del Intitut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM) en Valencia.

Comité organizador-comité científico: Alejandro Melero Salvador, Alberto Mira, Alberto Berzosa, Francisco Godoy, Gracia Trujillo, Jesús Carrillo, Juan Antonio Suárez, Juan Vicente Aliaga, Lucas R. Platero, María Rosón, Noemi de Haro García, Virginia Villaplana Ruiz.

El congreso está organizado como parte del proyecto “Cruising the 1970s: Unearthing Pre-HIV/AIDS Queer Sexual Cultures”, financiado por el Programa de Investigación e Innovación Horizon 2020, en su modalidad Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA), acuerdo número 649307, y ha sido coordinado desde la Universidad de Murcia en colaboración con el Intitut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM), de Valencia.

Universidades asociadas en CRUSEV: University of Edinburgh (Project Leader), Humboldt Universität, Universidad de Varsovia, Universidad de Murcia, University of Newcastle, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Universidad de Valencia, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Oxford-Brookes University.

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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—both are marked by economic crisis, by the exhaustion of a dominant state model, by social and political experimentation, and by mass mobilizations. These common traits make us look back in search of explanations for our current ills, but also in search of inspiration for moving forward. From the perspective of sexual history, the 1970s in Spain were years of experimentation, struggle, and resistance; of losses and gains. The decade started with the passing of the Bill of Public Danger and Rehabilitation (Ley de peligrosidad y rehabilitación social 1970). It was promptly countered by the foundation in 1971 of the Spanish Movement for Homosexual Liberation (MELH), the pioneering Spanish sexual liberation collective, whose activities had to remain clandestine. The history of sexual liberation in Spain between that inaugural moment and the cultural and political changes that came about as a result of the AIDS epidemic has been often, if partially, told. 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.

(S)exiles: In the suffocating conditions of Franco’s dictatorship, the Spanish Movement for Homosexual Liberation survived largely thanks to contacts with foreign groups—especially French, British, and North American. After Franco’s death in 1975, the number of activist cells increased significantly and exchange and collaboration with non-Spanish liberation fronts grew; these contacts resulted in the translation and edition of foreign theoretical texts and manifestoes, whose ideas influenced local activists. At the same time, Spain became a destination for Latin American sexual exiles, who enriched the discourses of activism and became integrated into Spanish networks of queer sociability. Sexual resistance in 1970s Spain was fundamentally shaped by (s)exile and, as such, it was multi-accented, solidary, internationalist, diasporic, and multi-ethnic. However, we still have a fairly incomplete knowledge of these transnational cultural and political flows and of their protagonists; the lives and work of sexual and political exiles such as Cristina Peri Rossi, Mario Mieli, Copi, or Héctor Anabitarte are well known by now, but could be further studied. Many others remain to be discovered, and the full range and dynamism of expatriate networks, and their intersections with local militant cultures, remains to be articulated.

Partying and other forms of resistance: Sexual liberation and anti-authoritarian resistance were confined to marginal locations and clandestine affect networks in 1970s Spain. Main enclaves of sexual resistance at the time were: a furtive private party scene, cruising grounds, cinemas, and scattered clubs and bars where homosexuality was tolerated. These were settings for sexual reinvention and expressiveness, and politically charged sites where normative strictures were temporarily suspended and incipient queer communities made themselves visible. While the spaces of resistance and queer sociability in the largest cities—Madrid and Barcelona—have been relatively well accounted for, those in other areas of the country are yet to be documented and studied, especially those created by lesbian, trans, and immigrant communities.

Queer counter-memory / queer anarchives: The study of the sexual past is laden with methodological problems. The inevitable decline of direct witnesses and protagonists makes the recovery of personal memories an urgent task. In the case of 1970s sexual activists, personal memory has become materialized in collections that are often in a precarious state and whose preservation and cataloguing is crucial. In addition, dominant historiographic inertias tend to colonize and homogenize the past, imposing upon it perspectives that are not its own; as a result, its specificity and sexual diversity may become obliterated or distorted. These two dangers—the precariousness of historical traces and the colonization of the past by current interests and investments—force us to confront the past through a mixture of counter-memory and critical pedagogy; the goal is its reactivation and the retrieval of forms of dissidence and analytical tools of use in the articulation of a critical present and an emancipated future. This section invites methodological reflections upon these issues that rise from first-hand experiences of examining, retrieving, or organizing and cataloguing sexual archives.

The conference “Resistance from the Queer South” wants to be both an occasion for historical reflection and research and a space for methodological experimentation. While we are focused on the production of “hard” knowledge about the queer 1970s in Spain, we welcome—encourage, in fact!—alternative research methodologies and styles of presentation.

Proposals must include: title, five keywords, name of the author(s), and indication of the thematic axis to which it contributes–(s)exiles; partying and other forms of resistance; queer counter-memory / queer anarchive)—and a summary of 500 words. The deadline for proposals is January 8, 2018. They must be mailed to: alberto.berzosa@um.es

Notice of acceptance will be mailed by January 22, 2018. In case of acceptance, full presentations (2500 words) ought to be mailed to conference organizers by April 6, 2018; they will be made available to participants and attendees through the conference web site after April 10, previous to the celebration of the conference. In this way, presenters will be liberated from the usual routine of reading their papers and may try a more informal, dynamic style of presentation, hopefully conducive to audience involvement and active exchange.

Conference site: Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM): C/ Guillen de Castro 118, 46003 Valencia.

Contact address: Please send your queries to alberto.berzosa@um.es

Scientific and Organising Committee: Alejandro Melero Salvador, Alberto Mira, Alberto Berzosa, Francisco Godoy, Gracia Trujillo, Jesús Carrillo, Juan Antonio Suárez, Juan Vicente Aliaga, Lucas R. Platero, María Rosón, Noemi de Haro García, Virginia Villaplana Ruiz.

The Conference is part of the activities of the Collaborative Research Project CRUSEV-“Cruising the 1970s: Unearthing Pre-HIV / AIDS Queer Sexual Cultures”, leadered by Glyn Davis (University of Edinburgh) and funded by the Research and Innovation Program Horizon 2020-Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA), Grant no. 649307. The Conference is coordinated by the University of Murcia in collaboration with the Intitut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM), de Valencia.

CRUSEV partner universities: University of Edinburgh (Project Leader), Humboldt Universität, Universidad de Varsovia, Universidad de Murcia, University of Newcastle, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Universidad de Valencia, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Oxford-Brookes University

‘A Golden Age for Queer Sexual Politics?’ – Report

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.

In issue 55 of the Bulletin-Info of the Zentrum fur transdiszplinare Geschlechterstudien, Humboldt-University Berlin, Heiner Schulze wrote a report on the CRUSEV conference ‘A Golden Age for Queer Sexual Politics?’. The report is reproduced here in full.

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A Golden Age for Queer Sexual Politics? Lesbian and Gay Literature and Film in 1970s Germany

20-22 July 2017, HU Berlin

A common narrative states that the 1970s was both the start and high point of much of gay and lesbian life. The decade is hailed as the mythical pre-AIDS era: the time when queer movements emerged as political forces and queer havens in which they could live, love, and fuck were developed.

A recent conference at Humboldt University examined this narrative. A Golden Age for Queer Sexual Politics? Lesbian and Gay Literature and Film in 1970s Germany was organized by Janin Afken, Andreas Kraß, and Benedikt Wolf from the Research Center for the Cultural History of Sexuality. The conversation sought to trace the alleged revolutionary potential as well as the political and aesthetic strategies in the creation of such a “legendary decade” and questioned what is remembered and what is marginalized. Additionally, it showcased the importance of taking a closer look at the spatial and temporal context when talking about the construction of a “golden age of queer sexuality”.

The conference, which ran from July 20 to July 22, began with welcoming speeches by Ulrike Vedder, Andreas Kraß, and Glyn Davis, followed up by a screening of Ulrike Ottinger’s movie Madame X – Eine absolute Herrscherin with a short introduction by Michaela Wünsch. The movie made clear that the conference was not exclusively about (gay) men, who still dominate the discussions on this era.

After an introduction by Benedikt Wolf, the conference began with a keynote by Susanne Hochreiter. With the help of David Bowie’s song The Bewlay Brothers, which framed the keynote, Hochreiter shed light on aspects of 1) melancholy, 2) time and narration, and 3) queer memory and transformation. Hochreiter illustrated the often cited connection between melancholy and queerness, and discussed the complex layers of memory and narration. Here memory is not simply a reflection of “facts” from the past but ripe with influencing contexts which can be written, re-written, and erased.

The first panel under the title “The Canonized Queer 1970s” featured three Berlin-based speakers: Janin Afken, Patsy l’Amour laLove, and Benedikt Wolf. Janin Afken focused on Verena Stefan’s 1975 Shedding; which according to Afken is a story of transformation, in which the protagonist goes through a long process of developing an increasing awareness to the realities of (her) sexuality, eventually leading to a shift to become an emancipated “I”. Afken focused on aspects of 1) sisterhood and solidarity and 2) motherliness and menstruation in Shedding. Patsy l’Amour laLove discussed Rosa von Praunheim’s seminal movie Nicht der Homosexuelle ist pervers, sondern die Situation, in der er lebt. Contextualizing the movie production and drawing on interviews, l’Amour laLove illustrated the huge importance the movie had on queer activism. According to l’Amour laLove, von Praunheim presented the movie as a foil of what society should not be. L’Amour laLove suggests viewing the movie as the cinematic version of a manifesto, which affected gays (as well as lesbians), even if they had not seen the movie itself. Afterwards Benedikt Wolf invited the audience to examine the “language of desire” in the work of Hubert Fichte. Wolf argued that Fichte’s “vivid language” should be understood as standing besides the language of sexual oppression of the time on the one hand and the alienated language of sexology on the other hand.

In a second keynote presentation, Marc Siegel discussed how many markers of the 1970s as “legendary” leave out a variety of narratives and used film to show how one could analyze the (re)construction of the 1970s. He emphasized the strong connection between the political and artistic worlds in this decade and the importance of New Queer Cinema. Siegel stressed how important it is to look beyond the well-known narratives, for instance by taking a closer look at representations of and the role of public rest room (sex). He explained how queer politics back then could be characterized as “being out”, not just meaning coming out, but also going beyond. He also emphasized the role of New Queer Cinema, a genre not only concerned with the LGBT community, but also with critical potential and one that should be applauded for its questioning and rejection of norms, generalizations, and representation.

Chris Auld opened the next panel, “Contesting the Canon”, with the work of Rainer Werner Fassbinder and the role of camp and melodrama in it, using The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant as an example. According to Auld, melodrama and camp can be used for political analysis as both help to illustrate ideological contradictions and tensions. The next talk discussed the radical-feminist journal Die Schwarze Botin. Vojin Saša Vukadinovi? presented the origins of the controversial journal and described its rise and demise. According to him, the journal represented a persistent radical stance in times of decreasing radicalism and increased “navel-gazing”. He situates the journal as having been influenced by Critical Theory and as an attempt to highlight the effects of “wrong thinking” as well as ideological dead ends through (harsh) critique. Peter Rehberg followed, examining the contemporary Butt Magazine, the aesthetic roots of which he sees in the gay historiography of the 1970s. Rehberg went on to showcase the aesthetic of the 1970s and the mobile and transnational character of queer erotic imaginary. Influenced by new technologies and AIDS, new aesthetics developed, which Rehberg called Clone I and Clone II. Butt Magazine can now be seen as a Post-Clone with links to the 1970s Pre-Clone. Butt Magazine, said Rehberg, seeks to present a continuity of Gay culture after the erasures of AIDS as well as a renewal of queer imagery.

The final panel of the day, “Retrospections”, featured Maria Bühner and Sebastian Zille. Bühner presented research on two books from the 1990s which dealt with the experience of lesbians in the former German Democratic Republic. She showed how both books emphasize “authenticity”, offer a historical record, create meaning, and allow us to see feelings beyond factual history. She also pointed out the limitations by stressing how those books represented only a slice of the lesbian population and left out a wide range of other experiences. Additionally, Bühner explained the importance of contextualization and emphasized how in the context of the GDR the 1980s, and not the 1970s, should actually be seen as a potential Golden Age. By doing this, she radically questioned the dominant narrative of the “legendary 1970s”, opening up the perspective beyond this specific time and place. The last panelist of the day, Sebastian Zille, gave a presentation on two HIV/AIDS-related German books and how they discuss the 1970s in retrospect. In his talk, which looked at different constructions of temporality and spatiality, he said that literary knowledge operates as an alternative form of knowledge; for him the 1970s were not simply a Golden Age, but it depends, the answer is not “either-or”.

The next day widened the perspective beyond Germany to “European Perspectives”. Alejandro Melero talked about the proliferation of German-Spanish film production at the end of the Franco regime, especially common in sexploitation movies. Melero pointed out the futility of the censorship attempts of the regime, censoring the Spanish version of the movies, just to see them get re-imported in the more permissive German version. Those movies pioneered the representation of sexual minorities, in particular of lesbians. Melero talked about the relationship between normality and the Other in those movies, with the latter, often racialized or homosexual, as a threat to heterosexual, patriarchal capitalism. Afterwards Krzysztof Zablocki gave a somewhat meandering talk about Wolfgang Jöhling, whom he called an important bridge between East German and Polish gay men. Jöhling, having grown up in East Germany, came to Poland in the 1970s, became a part of a network of gay men in arts and culture, and worked as a writer, poet, publisher, and cultural organizer. Juan A. Suárez brought the panel to a close with a presentation on three examples of the 1970s Queer Cinema: Werner Schröter, Adolpho Arrieta, and Teo Hernández. These three experimental film makers represented an important take on what queer(ness) can be in cinema. According to Suárez, their work dealt consistently with gender representations; it was ripe with “pregnant moments” full of artistic tableaus “bleeding meaning”, which were political, but were in particular about instability, remoteness, and ambiguity.

The concluding event of the conference discussed if there is a shared history of lesbians and gay men in the 1970s, featuring Tomasz Basiuk, Michael Bochow, Antke Engel, Laura Guy, Agnieszka Koscianska, and Alberto Berzosa. The general tone was that it would be too easy to assume shared history and allege the 1970s were a Golden Age. It was generally agreed upon that much more work is still needed, that researchers should attempt to unearth more different voices as well as do the work of proper contextualization.

In general the conference was successful in shedding a light on a rich cultural archive. At the same time it became clear that our knowledge and our narration of the 1970s as a potential Golden Age of Queer Sexuality is limited, a simplistic view on this decade would not do its complexity justice. The conference pointed out how cultural artifacts can function as archives, how important proper contextualization is, but also how there is still the need to (re)discover new voices from the past. Especially the contributions from/on East Germany and Poland made clear that in different contexts, other eras, not the 1970s, could be considered their Golden Age.

 

Documentation: Millones de perversas. La radicalidad sexual en los años setenta/Millions of perverts. Sexual radicality in the seventies

Video Documentation of CRUSEV Spain’s seminar on LGBTQ radical sexual politics and cultures from the 1970s, held in Madrid, June 2017

Con el seminario Millones de perversas tratamos de invocar la memoria de esos sujetos y movimientos impugnando una narrativa hegemónica centrada en la supuesta conquista progresiva de derechos LGTBIQ. Las distintas sesiones de este seminario se plantean reactivar aquellas disruptivas políticas y poéticas. POÉTICAS presta atención a lo que sucedía en lugares concretos – como la efervescente Barcelona postfranquista o los espacios expresivos lésbicos de los años setenta – en un intento de dar claves para entender las poéticas desplegadas desde el ámbito de las culturas sexuales radicales de aquella década. REDES Y AFECTOS. ¿Qué redes de afecto tramaban la vida de trans, maricas y lesbianas en la España de los setenta? Esta sesión se plantea el modo de reelaborarlas desde el presente a través de relaciones intergeneracionales, procesos performativos e investigaciones situadas que problematizan las nociones convencionales de memoria y archivo. MILITANCIAS trata sobre la pervivencia – muchas veces inconsciente – en las luchas sexo-disidentes actuales de las políticas de los años setenta. Esto se aborda en forma de diálogo entre activistas, especialistas y militantes historicxs y en activo. En resumen, Millones de perversas pretende conseguir que sean de nuevo transitables fórmulas colectivas de lucha, explora genealogías de ciertos planteamientos transgresores sobre la sexualidad y el género, y activa en nuestro presente los usos políticos de las memorias de la radicalidad sexual que el tiempo y sus narraciones oficiales han difuminado.

26/6/2017

Presentación. Visita a exposiciones “Anarchivo Sida” y “¿Archivo Queer?”. Performance “Tensiones en un ángulo de 90º” de Laura Corcuera.


Mesa redonda con la participación de Silvia Reyes, Rampova y Luis Escribano. Moderan Juan Vicente Aliaga y Juan Antonio Suárez.


Mesa redonda con Elena Castro, Meri Torras y Txus García. Moderan Alberto Mira y Lucas Platero.

27/6/2017

Tres activaciones: Un secreto de tu abuela se enrarece entre tus mejillas, de Ana Pol y Mónica Almagro; Memorias escondidas, del colectivo Rodando pichi; El archivo de Emilio: “Deja de sufrir, estúpido”, de Marta Echaves, Alejandro Simón y Jesús Bravo.


Mesa redonda con Rosa Medina Doménech, María José Belbel y Dolors Ribalta. Modera Noemí de Haro.


Mesa redonda con Kerman Calvo, Maite Irazábal, Ramón Linaza y Carmen Monzonís. Modera Alberto Berzosa.


Performance “40 años SON” del colectivo O.R.G.I.A


Mesa redonda con Javi Larrauri, Leticia Rojas, Mónica Redondo y Pablo Andrade. Moderada por Gracia Trujillo.

Seminario Millones de perversas. La radicalidad sexual en los años setenta/Millions of perverts. Sexual radicality in the seventies

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.

Lugar: CentroCentro y Conde Duque
Fechas: 26 y 27 de junio de 2017

El 26 de junio de 1977 las travestis, trans, bolleras y maricas organizadas salieron a la calle en Barcelona para pedir la derogación de la Ley de Peligrosidad y Rehabilitación Social. Reclamaban con su voz y sus cuerpos la libertad sexual secuestrada bajo el franquismo. Rambla abajo, ocuparon el espacio público con identidades y formas de vida que hasta ese momento solo habían podido expresarse en espacios marginales o privados. La manifestación (no autorizada) duró hasta que aparecieron los grises.

Podemos considerar esta manifestación un momento de condensación de los movimientos de liberación homosexual que venían articulándose desde hacía tiempo. Visibilizar hoy la discontinuidad entre las subjetividades de aquellas perversas y el marco en que se fue fraguando el pacto político y social durante la transición a la democracia nos permite, cuarenta años después, actualizar el potencial crítico de sus discursos y prácticas corporales y vitales.

Con el seminario Millones de perversas tratamos de invocar la memoria de esos sujetos y movimientos impugnando una narrativa hegemónica centrada en la supuesta conquista progresiva de derechos LGTBIQ. Las distintas sesiones de este seminario se plantean reactivar aquellas disruptivas políticas y poéticas.

POÉTICAS presta atención a lo que sucedía en lugares concretos – como la efervescente Barcelona postfranquista o los espacios expresivos lésbicos de los años setenta – en un intento de dar claves para entender las poéticas desplegadas desde el ámbito de las culturas sexuales radicales de aquella década.

REDES Y AFECTOS. ¿Qué redes de afecto tramaban la vida de trans, maricas y lesbianas en la España de los setenta? Esta sesión se plantea el modo de reelaborarlas desde el presente a través de relaciones intergeneracionales, procesos performativos e investigaciones situadas que problematizan las nociones convencionales de memoria y archivo.

MILITANCIAS trata sobre la pervivencia – muchas veces inconsciente – en las luchas sexo-disidentes actuales de las políticas de los años setenta. Esto se aborda en forma de diálogo entre activistas, especialistas y militantes historicxs y en activo.

En resumen, Millones de perversas pretende conseguir que sean de nuevo transitables fórmulas colectivas de lucha, explora genealogías de ciertos planteamientos transgresores sobre la sexualidad y el género, y activa en nuestro presente los usos políticos de las memorias de la radicalidad sexual que el tiempo y sus narraciones oficiales han difuminado.

Entrada libre hasta completar aforo

PROGRAMA. CentroCentro y Conde Duque

Lunes 26 de junio

PRESENTACIÓN. Conde Duque

12:00 h. Presentación

12:15 h. Visitas a las exposiciones Anarchivo sida y Archivo Queer

13:00 h. Laura Corcuera. Tensiones en un ángulo de 90º (performance)

POÉTICAS. CentroCentro. Auditorio Caja de Música

17:00 h. Barcelona y otras escenas. Mesa redonda con la participación de Luis Escribano, Rampova y Silvia Reyes

19:00 h. Poéticas lésbicas. Mesa redonda con la participación de Meri Torras, Elena Castro y Txus García

Martes 27 de junio

REDES DE AFECTOS. CentroCentro. Sala Sigfrido Martín Begué

10:00 h. Tres activaciones: Un secreto de tu abuela se enrarece entre tus mejillas, de Ana Pol y Mónica Almagro; Memorias escondidas, del colectivo Rodando pichi; El archivo de Emilio: “Deja de sufrir, estúpido”, de Marta Echaves, Alejandro Simón y Jesús Bravo

12:15 h. Descanso

12:45 h. Reflexiones en torno a los afectos lésbicos. Años 70, un debate abierto. Mesa redonda con Rosa Medina Doménech, María José Belbel y Dolors Ribalta.

MILITANCIAS. CentroCentro. Auditorio Caja de Música

17:00 h. Proyección de los cortos Abajo la ley de peligrosidad social (José R. Ahumada, 1977) y Manifestación per lAlliberament Sexual en el Pais Valencia (Miquel Alamar i Berenguer / Pedro Ortuño, 1979-2015). Presentación a cargo de José R. Ahumada.

17:30 h. Los activismos de los años 70. Mesa redonda con Kerman Calvo, Maite Irazábal, Ramón Linaza y Carmen Monzonís

19:00 h. 40 años SON, de O.R.G.I.A (performance)

19:30 h. Proyección de fragmentos de Testigos de un tiempo maldito (Javi Larrauri, 2012) y mesa redonda Los activismos hoy, con Javi Larrauri, Leticia Rojas, Mónica Redondo y Pablo Andrade

Más información

El seminario Millones de perversas forma parte de las actividades del Proyecto de Investigación Europeo Cruising the 1970s-CRUSEV (integrado por Alejandro Melero, Alberto Mira, Alberto Berzosa, Francisco Godoy, Gracia Trujillo, Jesús Carrillo, Josep-Anton Fernàndez, Juan Antonio Suárez, Juan Vicente Aliaga, Lucas Platero, María Rosón, Noemí de Haro García, Virginia Villaplana Ruiz)

A Golden Age for Queer Sexual Politics? Lesbian and Gay Literature and Film in 1970s Germany – Programme

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.

International Conference
Thursday 20 July – Saturday 22 July 2017

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Institute for German Literature
Research Center for the Cultural History of Sexuality

Conception and Organization: Janin Afken, Andreas Kraß, Benedikt Wolf

Click here to view the complete programme

 

Historical accounts of the German 1970s lesbian and gay movement(s) often draw the picture of a legendary decade, a golden age for queer sexual politics and culture. This view is dependent not only on the historic facts themselves, but also – and significantly – on the way in which they are narrated in literature and film, both of the 1970s themselves and of our times. However, what exactly made the 1970s a “legendary decade”? What was its revolutionary potential and what were its path-breaking political and aesthetic strategies? Which elements, movements and memories had to be marginalized in order to facilitate the historical construction of the “legendary decade”?

This conference aims to explore the queer appeal of the 1970s by both highlighting their legendary aspects and questioning the historical construction of the legendary decade. The conference focuses on the representation and construction of the queer 1970s in literature and film and highlights the process of cultural canonization and the differences between male and female homosexual expression.

 

Thursday, 20 July 2017, Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Straße 2

6.30 pm: Welcoming Speeches by Ulrike Vedder, Andreas Kraß, Glyn Davis

7 pm: Madame X – Eine absolute Herrscherin Madame X.  Film screening (German original with English subtitles) with an introduction by the director Ulrike Ottinger

 

Friday, 21 July 2017, Festsaal der Humboldt Graduate School, Luisenstraße 56

9:30 am: Introduction by Benedikt Wolf

9:50 am: “We were so turned on”. Reflections on Queer(ing) Past and Memory. Keynote by Susanne Hochreiter (Vienna). Chair: Tomasz Basiuk (Warsaw)

10:50 am: Coffee break

11:10 am: Session 1: The Canonized Queer 1970s, Chair: N.N.

  • Janin Afken (Berlin): From Sisters’ Skin to Womb Ego. Solidarity and Corporeality in Verena Stefan’s Shedding (1975)
  • Patsy l’Amour laLove (Berlin): A Legend of Gay Emancipation: Rosa von Praunheim’s Movie “Nicht der Homosexuelle ist pervers, sondern die Situation, in der er lebt” (1971)
  • Benedikt Wolf (Berlin): Hubert Fichte’s Language of Desire. From “the Unchaste” to “Oymeln” in the Hamburg novels

12:40 pm: Lunch break

2 pm: Queers Give Me Pause. Keynote by Marc Siegel (Frankfurt a.M./Berlin). Chair: Juan Suárez (Murcia).

3 pm: Coffee break

3:20 pm: Session 2: Contesting the Canon, Chair: Hannes Hacke (Berlin)

  • Chris Auld (Ormskirk): Camp Subversion in the Films of R.W. Fassbinder
  • Vojin Saša Vukadinovic (Zurich): Aesthetics, Critique, Satire. Die Schwarze Botin and the Promise of Revolution
  • Peter Rehberg (Berlin): Bärtige Männer nackt auf Matratzenlager“: Post and Pre-Aids Representations of Gay Masculinity

4:50 pm: Coffee break

5:10 pm: Session 3: Retrospections, Chair: Patsy l’Amour laLove (Berlin)

  • Maria Bühner (Leipzig): How to Remember Invisibility: Documentary Projects on Lesbians in the German Democratic Republic as Archives of Feelings
  • Sebastian Zilles (Siegen): The 1970s in Retrospective. HIV/AIDS-Discourses in German Literature

 

Saturday, 22 July 2017, Festsaal der Humboldt Graduate School, Luisenstraße 56

9:30 am: Session 4: European Perspectives, Chair: Todd Sekuler (Berlin)

  • Alejandro Melero (Madrid): LGTB Representation and Film Censorship in German-Spanish Co-Productions During the Last Years of Franco’s Dictatorship (1970-1975)
  • Krzysztof Zablocki (Warsaw): Wolfgang Jöhling – a Builder of Bridges Between German and Polish LGBT Scenes
  • Juan A. Suárez (Murcia): The Operatic Tableau in Seventies Queer Cinema: Werner Schroeter, Adolpho Arrieta, Teo Hernández

11 am: Coffee break

11:30 am: Panel Discussion: Is There a Shared History of Lesbian Women and Gay Men in the 1970s? Antke Engel (Berlin), Michael Bochow (Berlin), Laura Guy (Edinburgh), NN., NN.; Chair: Fiona Anderson (Newcastle)

 

The conference is free to attend.

Contact and Registration until 7 July 2017: kulturgeschichte-sexualitaet@hu-berlin.de

 

Venues
Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Straße 2, 10785 Berlin
Festsaal der Humboldt Graduate School, Luisenstraße 56, 10117 Berlin
Both of the venues are wheelchair accessible.

Conference Language is English

Image – still from Madame X.

How to do the History of Sex

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.

One day workshop
Friday 26 May 2017
10:00 – 17:30hrs
Free

Taking place at:
Hunter Lecture Theatre
Edinburgh College of Art
74 Lauriston Place
Edinburgh
EH3 9DF

‘How to do the History of Sex’ is a free one-day interdisciplinary workshop open to all. The event’s main objective is to share methodological approaches to the study of sex between scholars working in varied disciplines, including sexology, medicine, law, cultural history, performance studies, art and design. This will be done through keynote presentations, short talks, and hands-on break-out sessions involving exploring archival materials. The aim of the workshop is for all participants to gain a wider understanding of the complexities of exploring the history of sexual behaviours and practices, and an enhanced interdisciplinary knowledge of ways to approach the subject area.

Whilst sexual behaviours and practices have served as a topic of academic study for a considerable amount of time, recent years have seen the publication of a number of high-profile theoretical texts on the topic. These include ‘Sex, or the Unbearable’ (Berlant and Edelman, 2013), ‘After Sex’ (edited by Halley and Parker, 2011) ‘Unlimited Intimacy’ (Dean, 2009) and ‘Celibacies’ (Kahan, 2013). While all outstanding contributions to the study of sexuality and sexual practices, these books rarely investigate historical materials in depth. The question that this workshop asks is: how is it possible to recover and theoretically scrutinise something as ephemeral as past instances of sexual behaviour?

Keynote speakers for the event are Lazlo Pearlman (University of Northumbria) and Professor Maria Pramaggiore (Maynooth University, Ireland).

Speakers for the event will include: Professor Sharon Cowan (Law, University of Edinburgh); Dr Laura Guy (School of Design, ECA, University of Edinburgh); Dr Agnieszka Koscianska (University of Warsaw); Neslihan Tepehan (PhD student, School of Design, ECA, University of Edinburgh); and Dr Ingrid Young (Health Sciences and Informatics, University of Edinburgh).

To book a ticket, please click here.

Places on the workshop will be strictly limited to 50. Participants will need to attend the whole day, in order to contribute fully to the event. Tickets are available now!

Access: The Hunter Lecture Theatre is wheelchair accessible, and has level access from College Court Yard. Please click here for detailed information regarding wheelchair access and a map to the venue. If you have any additional access requirements, or would like to contact us regarding the event, please email crusev@ed.ac.uk

Image: from À Fleurer, by Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay.

Accessibility for Between the Sheets

Information on the accessibility of our symposium, taking place in Glasgow, 23-24 February 2017

Information on Accessibility for our symposium, Between the Sheets: Radical Print Cultures before the queer bookshop.

Thursday 23th and Friday 24th February 2017
Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow

The symposium will be conducted in English.

Live subtitling (speech to text transcription) will accompany both days of the symposium.

On the Thursday, pre-prepared material will be accompanied by closed caption subtitles or a transcript.

 

Access information regarding the venue

The CCA is wheelchair accessible, with level access throughout each of the floors in the building. The building comprises three floors and is situated on the corner of Sauchiehall Street and Scott Street. The ground floor includes a foyer with a box office, Duty Managers’ office, two shops, a cafe bar, gallery, cinema, accessible toilets and lift access to the first and second floors. The first floor has the theatre, Creative Lab, accessible toilets and Terrace Bar. The second floor has Intermedia Gallery and the Clubroom meeting space.

Thursday’s event will be held in the Creative Lab. Friday’s event will be held in the Club Room, with drinks afterwards taking place in the Terrace Bar.

Please note that there is no hearing loop in the Club Room.

Detailed access information for the CCA be found online here at the CCA’s website. A map of the CCA can viewed here. For a detailed statement that includes information regarding travelling to the venue, click here.

The CCA aim’s to make its building as accessible as possible. If you feel that you might need some additional help, please get in touch or ask a member of staff on arrival.

If you have any specific access requirements that the Cruising the 70s team can help you with, let us know. You can email us at crusev@ed.ac.uk

 

We will circulate accessibility information including maps of the venue and fixtures and fittings of the spaces we’ll be using and toilets, with general information about the symposium. We will not be providing BSL interpretation at the event.

Cruising the 70s welcomes any suggestions or improvements to access for our events. Feel free to speak to us at the event, or contact us via email at crusev@ed.ac.uk with any suggestions. We will be discussing provisions to improve the accessibility of our events across the duration of the project and in the run up to our conference in Edinburgh in July 2019.

Programme for Between the Sheets: Radical print cultures before the queer bookshop

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.

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. Accessibility information to follow shortly.

 

Between the Sheets: Radical print cultures before the queer bookshop, 23-24 February 2017 CCA Glasgow

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Thursday 23 February, 18.00-20.00, Creative Lab
Bob Orr and Sigrid Nielsen in conversation with James Ley

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Friday 24 February 2017, 11am-17.30, Club Room

11.00 Introduction: Fiona Anderson and Laura Guy
11.30-13.00 Roz Kaveney in conversation with Nat Raha
13.00-14.00 Lunch (not provided)
14.00-15.30 Evan Ifekoya in conversation with Nazmia Jamal
15.30-16.30 Break and ‘À Propos Unmarked, Brown Paper Packaging:
A book-wrapping action’ by Mark Clintberg & Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay (with refreshments provided)
16.45-17.30 Discussion

Symposium participants are then invited to join us in the upstairs bar

(Image: Lavender Menace bookshop courtesy of Bob Orr)

Between the Sheets: Radical print cultures before the queer bookshop

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,

CCA, Glasgow 23.-24.2.2017

Book online

The 1970s was a crucial time for feminist and LGBTQ activism and community-building. Between the Sheets explores how and why reading and writing acquired such prominence and power in queer communities in Britain in this important decade, engaging with the pleasure and politics of print before the establishment of important queer bookshops like Lavender Menace and Gay’s the Word in the late 1970s and early 1980s. With contributions from artists, activists, writers, and academics, it will stop to consider tactile encounters with the printed word, reflect on collective interactions with print in reading groups and consciousness-raising sessions, and think about the development of spaces for sharing and selling books, magazines, and pamphlets in the 1970s, from women’s centres to nightclubs.

Between the Sheets is framed around three conversations with a range of speakers who will share their experiences with print cultures in the 1970s, focusing on the politics of print, on spaces of distribution and connection, and on how these often ephemeral queer print cultures have been archived and are remembered in the present. These discussions will be punctuated by performances and screenings. Looking at reading and sharing the written word as a call to action, Between the Sheets asks what the role of print was for queer communities in the 1970s and what the significance of these radical queer print cultures is for LGBTQ activists today.

 (Image: Lavender Menace bookshop courtesy of Bob Orr)

A Golden Age for Queer Sexual Politics? Lesbian and Gay Literature and Film in 1970s Germany

Friday 21 – Saturday 22 July 2017
Humboldt University, Berlin

Call for Papers

Friday 21 – Saturday 22 July 2017
Humboldt University, Berlin

Call for Papers

The German Gay Liberation Movement began with a work of art. Rosa von Praunheim’s film It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse, But the Society in Which He Lives (1971) was the trigger for the formation of homosexual emancipation groups all over West Germany. With its fierce critique of the approaches to assimilation of the 1960s homophile movement and with its revolutionary impetus, the film marked itself as a threshold towards a new time of liberation.

From the very start of the movement, women took part in the various emancipation groups. Nonetheless, gay men were dominating these groups. Since the early 1970s, homosexual women also formed up all-female lesbian groups, inspired by the women’s movement’s critique of the patriarchy. Verena Stefan’s book Häutungen (Shedding, 1975) played a substantial role in the process of shaping a political lesbian identity and eventually turned into a cult text of both the feminist and the lesbian movement.

Historical accounts of gay liberation movements have often been presented in the form of a saga, as Scott Bravmann has pointed out in his 1997 book Queer Fictions of the Past. This certainly applies for the 1970s in Germany: the period between 1971 (Praunheim’s film) and 1982 (when the term AIDS was coined) has regularly been constructed as a Golden Age of German queer history. This view is dependent not only on the historic facts themselves, but also – and significantly – on the way in which they are narrated in works of art, both of the 1970s themselves and of our times. Individual memory and historical construction are fundamentally structured by narration – and literature and film do not only participate in this process of shaping an intelligible past, but are also spaces of reflection on this process.

In the last few years interest in the more recent past of LGBTI movements has increased in the humanities. In particular, the period that is characterized deeply by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the politics of activist groups such as ACT UP! and Queer Nation in the US context has been reread in the frame of concepts of trauma, loss and temporality. The German context did not see mass movements against the social, political and ideological consequences of HIV/AIDS like in the USA. The media reactions to AIDS nonetheless brought about a homophobic climate of repression and hatred, and German queers found effective strategies for self-aid. It seems that LGBTI activists as well as academics have only started the work of mourning the deaths of the AIDS epidemic in the past few years.

Against the backdrop of this rather dark and negative decade, its predecessor, the 1970s, begins to appear as a heyday of Gay Liberation, radical politics and sexual freedom. In Germany, the 1970s are often seen as a “legendary decade”, as the editors of  a collection of essays about the so-called Rosa Radikale (‘Pink Radicals’) write – being aware of the historical construction this understanding is based on [1]. The years after the students’ revolt of 1968 were a departure for queers both in the FRG and in the GDR. Sodomy laws were liberalized in both German states in 1968 (GDR) and 1969 (FRG). Important homosexual emancipation groups such as Homosexuelle Aktion Westberlin (Homosexual Action West Berlin, FRG) and Homosexuelle Initiative Berlin (Homosexual Initiative Berlin, GDR) were founded in 1971 and 1973 respectively. When the catastrophe of the epidemic hit the movement in the early 1980s, it was desperately estranged and almost incapable of united action.

However, what exactly made the 1970s a “legendary decade”? What was its revolutionary potential and its path-breaking political and aesthetic strategies? Which elements, movements and memories had to be marginalized in order to facilitate the historical construction of the “legendary decade”? Have the 1970s been narrated differently by the heterogeneous groups involved in LGBTI movements – especially by lesbian women in contrast to gay men? Why has the lesbian movement often been made invisible in academic discussions about both the Women’s movement and the homosexual movement [2]? Can the movement of the 1970s Pink Radicals not only be seen as an unreachable and irretrievable past, lost forever because of the AIDS crisis, but also as a foundation and inspiration for the AIDS movement of the 1980s?

In recent years some artists, film makers and writers have created works of art reflecting the queer 1970s in complex ways. In her 2014 novel Sisterhood, Claudia Koppert turns toward the early years of feminist and lesbian activism by staging the generational conflict between the protagonist and her adolescent daughter. By focusing both on the mother’s and the daughter’s perspectives, the novel creates a highly intricate reading of the ‘legendary’ feminist and lesbian past. Yoni Leyser’s film Desire Will Set You Free (2015), tells the story of a migrant to Berlin who discovers her trans identity. Both the plot of the film and some of its scenes are reminiscent of Praunheim’s 1971 film, and Praunheim finally appears in the film along with other ‘heroes’ of the 1970s such as Blixa Bargeld and Nina Hagen. The queer 1970s seem to exercise quite a strong appeal for contemporary reflections of queer culture.

The conference aims to explore the queer appeal of the 1970s by both highlighting the legendary aspects of the 1970s and questioning the historical construction. It also seeks to unearth marginalized, erased or ephemeral cultural expressions of the time and to investigate to what degree women, marginalized masculinities (proletarian and migrant) and the reality of the GDR have been excluded from historical narratives. The conference will focus on the representation and construction of the queer 1970s in literature and film and highlight the process of cultural canonization, the differences between male and female homosexual expression, the characteristics of trans* and racialized experiences, and the queer culture of East Germany.

We invite papers that focus on literature and films of the 1970s as well as papers that investigate contemporary cultural expressions that reflect the 1970s. Papers may scrutinize either individual authors and film-makers or thematic aspects in various works of art. We invite papers on ‘serious’ as well as experimental, avant-garde, underground, trivial and pornographic texts or films. Papers that analyze German culture in a broader European context are especially welcome.

Possible contexts and topics include:

  • lesbian and gay literature
  • lesbian and gay film
  • heteronormative works referring to LGBTI issues
  • works referring to trans issues
  • works referring to issues of race
  • Punk and Glam Rock
  • Drag Culture (Tunten)
  • Pornography

The conference will take place from July 21-22 2017 at Humboldt University of Berlin.

The conference language is English.

For individual proposals, please submit a one-page, double-spaced abstract in English with a short biographical note before 31 December 2016 via kulturgeschichte-sexualitaet@hu-berlin.de.

The accepted papers will be published as a collection of essays after the conference.

Unfortunately, we are not able to fund travel or accommodation costs.

The Conference is organized as part of the HERA-funded research project “Cruising the 1970s: Unearthing Pre-HIV/AIDS queer sexual cultures” by the Research Center “Cultural History of Sexuality” (Institute for German Literature, Humboldt University of Berlin).

Janin Afken, Andreas Krass, Benedikt Wolf
Forschungsstelle Kulturgeschichte der Sexualität
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Institut für deutsche Literatur
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin
References

[1] Andreas Pretzel/ Volker Weiß: Die westdeutsche Schwulenbewegung der 1970er Jahre. Annäherungen an ein legendäres Jahrzehnt, in: Pretzel/ Weiß (eds.): Rosa Radikale. Die Schwulenbewegung der 1970er Jahre, Geschichte der Homosexuellen in Deutschland nach 1945, Vol 2, Hamburg 2012, p. 9–26.

[2] Gabriele Dennert/ Christiane Leidinger/ Franziska Rauchut: Lesben in Wut. Lesbenbewegung in der BRD der 70er Jahre, in: Dennert/ Leidinger/ Rauchut (eds.): In Bewegung bleiben. 100 Jahre Politik, Kultur und Geschichte von Lesben, Berlin 2007, p. 31–61.