On Liberty and Offense: 1970s Radical Homosexual Groups in Spain

Notions of liberty and ‘liberation’ are topical once again in the wake of tragic events in Paris. At the core of the debate is the particular notion of  liberty of expression and the difficulties of defining and protecting ‘liberty’. As in the past, ‘liberation’ is currently being brought into tension with fundamentalist religion. And it is in … More On Liberty and Offense: 1970s Radical Homosexual Groups in Spain

Queer Questions about Jamestown

Richard William Cornish presents a queer (awkward and otherwise) episode among several heroic tales of perseverance, valor, ambition,  and tenacity associated to the Jamestown Colony. Richard William Cornish, master of the ship Ambrose was executed in 1624 for the ‘ crime’ of having abused his position of power to lure William Cowse into bed. It is a bawdy incident … More Queer Questions about Jamestown

A Transatlantic War of Words: HIV Researchers’ Contests for language and symbolic power in the 1980s

New York and Los Angeles emerged as epicenters of an unidentified ‘cancer’ in the early 1980s. As the disease spread, it evoked panic, naive complacency, and/or determination to quickly overcome the malady (Shilts 2003).  The mysterious disease also inspired contests over narrative and the power to name the epidemic. As  the ‘cancer’s’  link to gay men became clear, it … More A Transatlantic War of Words: HIV Researchers’ Contests for language and symbolic power in the 1980s

Revisiting the ‘Americanization of the Homosexual’: The Case of Berlin

Contemporary ‘gayness’ has been (arguably) constructed through the production of cultural goods that re-present ‘gay life’ and inform gay males’ self-understanding. ‘Authenticity’ modes of embodying gay identity, litmus tests that determine what represents legitimate ‘gayness’  are arguably filtered through media, artistic, intellectual, and other cultural goods that authenticate recognisable markers of gay maleness. The cultural construction of  urban gay … More Revisiting the ‘Americanization of the Homosexual’: The Case of Berlin