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Summer Institute for Sexualities, Cultures and Politics, Skopje, 13-18 August‏




(August 13-18, Skopje, Macedonia)

organized by

Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities “Euro-Balkan”
(Skopje, Macedonia)
in cooperation with
Faculty for Media and Communications at Singidunum University
(Belgrade, Serbia)


• David M. Halperin (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA)
• Jelisaveta Blagojević (Singidunum University, Belgrade, Serbia)
• Marina Gržinić (Slovenian Academy of Science and Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia / Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria)
• Jamie Heckert (University of Essex, UK)


• Queerness, the Political, and Community (Lecturers: David M. Halperin, Jelisaveta Blagojević)
• (Queer) Arts, Culture, and Resistance (Lecturer: Marina Gržinić))
• Queering the General Strike and the Occupation (Lecturer: Jamie Heckert)

Participants should be postgraduate students from the Region of the Balkans: preferably MA, PhD student or young researchers) interested in exploring the issues of Gender, Queer, Cultural Studies, Visual Arts and Humanities and/or activism, and related subjects and disciplines, as well as artists, curators, cultural workers, activists and practitioners from various domains. Participants from all countries are eligible to participate.


• 60 euro (includes: full time attendance, certificate, coffe breaks, welcome dinner, reading materials, use of library, free internet, social events; ECTS not included; only students from Euro-Balkan institute and Singidunum University can obtain 3 ECTS upon successful completion of the school)

Send your application as soon as possible! Deadline: August 2, 2012

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ALITIES,%20CULTURES%20AND%20POLITICS.doc> at our website:

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a) Intensive lectures
b) Afternoon seminars
c) Presentations by participants

Admitted particiants are to organize individually their accommodation. However, the organizers will provide assistance and advice in doing so.


The Summer Institute for Sexualities, Cultures, and Politics is a new permanent project initiated by the Department for Gender Studies at the Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities “Euro-Balkan”, Skopje, Macedonia.

The general aim of the Institute is to gather young post-graduate students, scholars and teaching staff from both Eastern and Western Europe and promote a shared platform for research and trans-disciplinary theoretical reflection on the complex modes of interweaving sexuality, culture and politics, and consequently of exchanging and questioning geopolitically determined discourses in the research of sexualities, gender studies, and queer theory. Our idea is to provide students, scholars and teachers with the opportunity to question, decenter and democratize these areas by way of deferring the notion of theoretical and geopolitical privilege which is often implied by these research areas, and thus to introduce new models of rethinking context-specific phenomena related to sexualities and, vice versa, to enrich theoretical paradigms with context specific phenomena and research.

In this way, the Institute’s long-term goal is to

(1) strategically stimulate the particularization and application of key ideas and theories in sexuality research locally, and to

(2) universalize and popularize crucial and underprivileged positions and ideas on the European level, regardless of the East/West divide which is still central to the development of queer theory and sexuality research.

Our endeavor is not to relativize the embeddedness and situatedness of knowledges about sexualities, but to recognize and disrupt the existing invisible borders that obstruct the free dissemination of ideas as they are being determined by various hegemonic forces – political, educational, economic - in both Eastern and Western contexts of doing academic and artistic work related with our desires, bodies, and sexualities.

The theme of the 2012 Summer Institute for Sexualities, Cultures, and Politics is:

“Queerness, Community, and Capital: Towards New Alliances of the Political”

In its first and founding activity in Summer 2012, The Institute for Sexualities, Cultures, and Politics aims at exploring and reflecting on the complex entanglements of queer theories and practices, the Political, and cultures. We will provide space to radically question the hegemonic regimes of political communities’ institutions/sustenance, as well as the global and regional regimes of thinking neo-liberal forces. Hence, the Institute’s goal is to trace the multiple pathways through which queerness enters or exits the political projects of community constitution, in its various forms: revived nationalisms, communism’s legacy and the European community, on the one hand, and the global neo-liberal markets’ imperatives and their consequent commodification of identities and processes of de-democratization and de-politicization.
Further, departing from such a research framework, the Institute aims towards re-visioning the dominant forms of queer political struggles and strategies of resistance; also, we want to investigate what are the possibilities stemming from queerness and its already existing political embodiments and specific historical experiences? What opportunities there are in various geopolitical contexts to rethink our shared and general categories of politics, resistance, and community?
Thus, by investigating these multiple entanglements, the Institute will be the host of critical and in-depth analyses of the position queer struggles have in the wider context of struggles for social justice, economic redistribution and human rights, and will provoke discussions about the possibility of envisioning and enacting political alliances beyond the narrow boundaries of identity politics and the exclusionary logic and division of recognition and redistribution. Last but not least, we will particularly raise the question how the political influence of queer is being neutralized or re-radicalized in existing and allegedly queer-friendly political settings?
In the course of 18 days, the wide specter of topics that the Institute covers, are to be organized into a programme structured on the grounds of four major subjects. Each programme section includes morning lectures held by prominent scholars from Europe and SEE, reading seminars, joint discussions and participants’ presentations.

Slavco Dimitrov

Activist, Researcher and Teaching Assistant (Hyperactivist and Hyperpessimist)
Tel: ++389 72 519 006