The talk reflected on the contemporary queer studies and the geo-temporal ‘unsettlement’ of Central and Eastern Europe in the occidental (and occidentalist) imaginary.
Dr Kulpa pointed to the uncanny possibilities for queer studies emerging from the Central-Eastern European position of ‘inbetweenness’ the Occident and the Orient. He reflected on the role and place of The Enlightenment and the continuation of ‘coloniality of knowledge’ (Quijano) in LGBTIQ+ activism, pondering structural limitations of this dominant paradigmatic frameworks.
1 December 2021
The invitation was part of the international seminar: "Working transnationally beyond comparative hierarchies. Exploring relationalities, solidarities and changing conditions in transnational research and pedagogies", Lund University, Sweden.
The talk consequently builds towards Dr Kulpa’s body of research questioning the geo-politics of knowledge production, on which he also wrote in “Queer Politics of post-Enlightenment: Beyond the Horizon of the Present” (2021, http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/output/2794836) or in “Decolonizing Queer Epistemologies” (2016, http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/output/2713810).