At the turn of the millennium, renowned Polish-British sociologist Zygmunt Bauman called our era “liquid.” He spoke of penetration, permeation and circulation as characteristic designations for the ways in which we communicate with each other, which make individual media converge, through which cultures meet, and by which previously fixed social roles and identities expand and transform. In the field of cultural studies, identity politics – whether it concerns gender, ethnicity or nationality – constitutes one of the basic building blocks of its theoretical as well as political-activistic standpoints. Together with the term of performativity, liquid identity politics has created a globally explosive mix since the fall of the Iron Curtain, used in the social battle both by left-wing solidary movements and past and present reactionary movements.
What has been the role of the term queer and queering strategies on the western political-cultural map? In what ways does the queer phenomenon penetrate the field of visual arts? Can queer identity become pop-cultural mainstream?
LAKEI KI´ONG aka BLAKE P. KENDAL, visual anthropologist and filmmaker (HMKW Berlin):
QUEER as a verb : ‘Coming Out’ in Visual Anthropology(s)
NATÁLIE DRTINOVÁ, visual arts critic and gender theorist (A2): Queer in Contemporary Czech and Slovak Art
ONDŘEJ TRHOŇ, cultural critic and independent journalist: Queering Videogame Visuals
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