Twenty years after the emergence of “queer” as a political concept, the contributions to this anthology discuss the radical potential of queer theory and activism within different spatial, cultural, and socio-political contexts. Both the term “queer” as well as initial concepts of queer critique are not only closely connected to the English language but also to the Anglo-American socio-political context. Nevertheless, queer has traveled a lot since its emergence in the 1990s. Therefore, this collection explores how and for what purposes the term “queer” is and has been appropriated within different settings and locations, such as academia, activism, and popular culture. The volume opens up a space for trans-regional, intersectional, trans-disciplinary, and genre-transgressing exchanges about queer theory, queer critique, and queer activism.
The anthology is a collection of interdisciplinary articles, essays, and artwork by: Bini Adamczak and Mike Laufenberg; Sanja Milutinovi? Bojani?; Petra Sußner; Erzsébet Barát; Ivana Praži?; Robert Kulpa, Joanna Mizieli?ska, and Agata Stasi?ska; Cornelia Möser; Vendula (Esteban) Wiesnerová; Tea Hvala; Sanja Kajini?; Hongwei Bao; Nicole Alecu de Flers; Leopold Lippert; Kate?ina Kolá?ová; Jack Halberstam; Hanna Hacker; Johanna Schaffer (with/out Vlatka Frketi?); Marty Huber; Persson Perry Baumgartinger; Anthony Clair Wagner.
“IMPORT – EXPORT – TRANSPORT: Queer Theory, Queer Critique and Activism in Motion” is the first volume of the series “challenge GENDER: Contemporary challenges of_within Gender Theory” edited by the Gender Research Office at the University of Vienna. This new series presents contemporary theories, discourses, and researchwithin the field of transdisciplinary Gender Studies, including Feminist Epistemology, Queer Theory, Postcolonial Studies, Feminist Science Studies, Gender & Science Technology Studies. Central to the series are critical approaches to gender relations and other power structures in the context of globalization. Moreover, “challenge GENDER” presents analytical works that reflect changes over time, and attempt to think sex, gender, and sexuality in new ways.
Further information on the book series “challenge GENDER” can also be found on the website of the Gender Research Office at the University of Vienna.