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Queer Politics of post-Enlightenment: Beyond the Horizon of the Present

Kulpa, Roberto



This essay reflects on queer politics in Central and Eastern European (CEE) through the examples of Poland and Hungary using the Derridean concept of “supplement” to expose the inherently unstable and somewhat queer nature of populist nationalisms. I suggest that both populist and LGBT+ politics are the legacy of the Enlightenment, consolidating the negative effects of the ongoing dominance (or more precisely coloniality) of a European-defined “modernity.” In response, I ponder whether the “in-betweenness” of CEE may accelerate the realization of new possibilities for queer politics beyond the heteronormative and racialized present of “Europe.”


Kulpa, R. (2021). Queer Politics of post-Enlightenment: Beyond the Horizon of the Present. Hungarian Studies Review, 48(2), 199-208.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 20, 2021
Publication Date 2021
Deposit Date Aug 22, 2021
Publicly Available Date Dec 31, 2021
Journal Hungarian Studies Review
Print ISSN 0713-8083
Publisher Penn State University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 48
Issue 2
Pages 199-208
Series ISSN 0713-8083
Keywords sexual politics in Poland and Hungary; queer politics beyond occidentalism; queer logics of supplement; coloniality; post-Enlightenment, queer alternatives
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