Diversities in Contact

Twentieth-Century Histories of Mobility and Sexuality

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13 October 2021

17:00 - 18:30 Italian time


Sala del Consiglio

Villa Salviati- Castle

Lecture in the framework of HEC Department Colloquium.

Immigration is nowadays often depicted as a hindrance to queer-feminist struggles and processes of sexual liberation. Migrant communities are commonly perceived of as clinging to ‘traditional’ hetero-sexist behaviours. The talk challenges such assumptions looking at the historical record of how transnational mobility has affected sexual attitudes and practices in West Germany since the 1950s. Based on research in homophile, gay and lesbian-feminist magazines as well as on oral history interviews the paper asks how cultural diversity was negotiated within media discourses.

It traces the ways in which individuals navigated cultural differences within intimate encounters. Can migration and other forms of transnational mobility also be viewed as fostering critiques of hetero-sexist patterns and furthering struggles for sexual liberation? 

In order to attend the Colloquium, please register. Participants will be admitted according to the limited room capacity of 15 people. The ZOOM link will be sent to the online participants the day before the event.


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