PM: Disciplining (Homo-)Sexuality in State-Socialist Hungary – Lecture by Judit Takács
Thursday, October 15th 2020, 6 p.m. via ZOOM
Despite growing interest in contemporary LGBTQ+ politics in the “Eastern Bloc” (i.e. state-socialist countries in the period between 1945 and 1990) as well as the ongoing historicizing of life under socialism, “homosexual politics” and state-socialism are rarely examined together.
From the 1960s the totalitarian state control in an increasing number of Eastern Bloc countries was replaced by a milder form of authoritarian control that left some space for private life, which was at least not directly controlled. Nevertheless, the particular lived realities of state-socialism including state surveillance, the lack of private space, along with a deep-seated homophobia played a crucial role in shaping the lives of people in East-Central Europe.
In her presentation Judit Takács will provide a historical contextualization and some illustrations of queer life behind the Iron Curtain on the basis of mainly Hungarian archive material and in-depth interviews with people who lived through that experience.
The lecture will take place as a Zoom webinar. By registering for the lecture, participants consent to the recording for internal use.
Judit Takács, Research Chair at Centre for Social Sciences at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Academy in Exile Fellow at the KWI
Participants can register for the lecture via e-mail to Egemen Özbek (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Tuesday, October 13th. Participants will then receive the Zoom link.
The lecture is organized by the Academy in Exile in cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities Essen (KWI).
About the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI):
The Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) Essen, Germany, is an interdisciplinary research centre following the tradition of international Institutes for Advanced Study. In its role as an inter-university institution connecting the Ruhr-University Bochum, the Technological University Dortmund and the University of Duisburg-Essen, the institute works together with researchers and scientists from its neighbouring universities as well as other partners from the federal state NRW and places in- and outside of Germany. Within the Ruhr area, the KWI is a place to share and discuss the questions and results of ambitious research with interested parties from the city and the greater region. Currently, work at the KWI focusses on the following areas: “cultural studies of science and science policy making”, “sociology of literature and culture”, “science communication”, and a “teaching lab”. Projects in the established research fields “culture of participation” and “culture of communication”, as well as individual projects, will be continued.