Roberto Kulpa

roberto kulpa

Dr Roberto Kulpa

Lecturer

Biography

RESEARCH INTERESTS
I am interested in the transnational sexual politics, nationhood and non-normative identities as interlocked with discourses of geography and temporality, and EUropeanization. I am particularly interested in the figurations of 'Central and Eastern Europe' in queer studies and political imaginaries.

Another area concerns the critical epistemologies of knowledge production in social and cultural studies, esp. in the contexts of the hegemonic geographies ('West and the Rest'), and neoliberalisation of education and academic work. Insights from the post-socialist, post-colonial and de-colonial fields are important for me.

Recently I have been reading into 'friendship' and developing questions concerning well-being, resilience, and resistance as modi operandi of marginalised groups during precarious times.

RESEARCH PROJECTS
1.
I am co-Investigator on "RESIST. Fostering Queer Feminist Intersectional Resistances against Transnational Anti-Gender Politics" (2022-2026) (EU Horizon Europe grant no. 101060749). My roles are to lead on Communication and Dissemination work package and to coordinate the Polish case study.
You can read more about the project on: https://theresistproject.eu

2.
I am Principal Investigator on “Friendship for LGBTIQ+ (Post-)Pandemic Social Resilience” (2022) (Napier’s Strategic Research and Knowledge Exchange Fund) together with Dr Katherine Ludwin (Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust). Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Esteem

Conference Organising Activity

  • 2021, The Potential of Friendship: A Case for Social Resilience (with Katherine Ludwin). To: 70th Annual Conference of the British Sociological Association
  • 2019, Spaces and Places of Friendship. Thinking about Geo-spatiality in Practices of Friendship. To: 5th European Geographies of Sexualities Conference. Prague, Charles University.
  • 2018, Surveying Friendship. What the Quantitative Data Tell Us About Friendship among LGBT Communities. To: Queering Friendship: Citizenship, Care and Choice (‘Intimate’ Project), University of Lisbon.

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • 2022. Friendship for LGBTIQ+ (post-)pandemic social resilience (with Dr Katherine Ludwin) (Strategic Research and Knowledge Exchange Fund). This project proposes a series of workshops to explore needs, frameworks, challenges, and opportunities for paying due attention to ‘friendships’ while thinking, planning, and acting towards better conceived and critically understood ‘societal resilience’ of the LGBTIQ+ groups in (post-)pandemic Scotland, UK, and potentially worldwide.
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy

 

Grant Funding Panel Member

  • Narodowe Centrum Nauki (National Science Coucil), PL
  • EU Horizon 2020, Science with and for Society

 

Grant Reviewer

  • EU Horizon 2020, Justice Programme
  • SEDA (Latvian Research & Development Agency)
  • Narodowe Centrum Nauki (National Science Council), PL
  • ESF European Science Foundation (Brussels)
  • NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research)
  • FWO (Flanders Research Foundation, Belgium)
  • ESRC & AHRC External Expert and Evaluator
  • EC Horizon 2020, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

 

Invited Speaker

  • 2022. Thinking About the Geo-politics of Knowledge Production: Non-anglophone Epistemologies in/of Queer Studies. Leibniz-Institut für Geschichte und Kultur des östlichen Europa (GWZO), Leipzig, Germany.
  • 2021, Queer Politics of Post-Enlightenment: Beyond the Horizon of the Present, Lund University, Sweden
  • 2020, Keynote & Master Class: Knowing Your Place: From Geo-temporal Politics of Sexualities to Resistance as Resilience through Friendship. University of Tartu, Estonia
  • 2019, Plenary: Trans/National Sexualities & the Conservative Turn. To: Quiet Revolution? Alternative Sexualities in Europe and the post-Soviet Region. University of Cardiff, UK
  • 2018, Plenary Roundtable Speaker: Activism in Central and Eastern Europe. To: Outing the Past, Annual Conference in Celebration of the LGBTIQ History Month
  • 2018, Discussant at: Transnational Solidarities: Gender and Sexualities Beyond Geopolitics, University of Goteborg, Sweden
  • 2017, Keynote: Unlikely Analogies? Homophobia, Anti-Semitism, and Polish National Identity. To: Contested Privates: Religion and Homosexuality in Public Discourse, University of Utrecht, NL.
  • 2015, Plenary: Regional & Sexual: European Occidentalism and the (semi)peripheral Central and Eastern Europe. To: Estonian Human Rights Centre, Tallin, Estonia
  • 2015, Plenary: Non-Anglophone Epistemologies in/of Queer Studies? To: De-Centring Gender Studies Conference, Bauhaus University, Germany

 

Media Activity

  • Commentary for NBC News

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • British Sociological Association

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • 2022. Friendship for LGBTIQ+ (post-)pandemic social resilience (with Dr Katherine Ludwin) (Strategic Research and Knowledge Exchange Fund). This project proposes a series of workshops to explore needs, frameworks, challenges, and opportunities for paying due attention to ‘friendships’ while thinking, planning, and acting towards better conceived and critically understood ‘societal resilience’ of the LGBTIQ+ groups in (post-)pandemic Scotland, UK, and potentially worldwide.

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • PhD External Examiner at the University of Cambridge, UK.

 

Reviewing

  • Peer reviewing for international academic journals and book series, incl. European Journal of Women’s Studies; Feminist Media Studies; Gender, Place and Culture; Sexualities; Sexuality & Culture; Revue Politique Européenne.

 

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Dangerous Liaisons: Neoliberal Tropes of the ‘Normal’ and ‘Middle-Class Respectability’ in the Post-socialist LG(BT) Activism

Book Chapter
Kulpa, R. (2022)
Dangerous Liaisons: Neoliberal Tropes of the ‘Normal’ and ‘Middle-Class Respectability’ in the Post-socialist LG(BT) Activism. In M. Blidon, & S. D. Brunn (Eds.), Mapping LGBTQ Spaces and Places. A Changing World (279-291). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-03792-4_17
This chapter explores the emerging, post-1989 logics of neoliberalisation of gender and sexuality activism in Central-Eastern Europe (CEE). By looking at a case study from the...

The Potential of Friendship: A Case for Social Resilience and New Care Optics

Journal Article
Kulpa, R., & Ludwin, K. (2021)
The Potential of Friendship: A Case for Social Resilience and New Care Optics. interalia: a journal of queer studies, 16, 82-94. https://doi.org/10.51897/interalia/rgrq6813
In this article, we call for greater recognition of friendship as a basic social relation that should play a pivotal role in re-imagining social resilience if it is to be futu...

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

Journal Article
Kulpa, R. (2021)
Queer Politics of post-Enlightenment: Beyond the Horizon of the Present. Hungarian Studies Review, 48(2), 199-208. https://doi.org/10.5325/hungarianstud.48.2.0199
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 th...

Antisemitism and Homophobia in Polish Liberal Discourses: The Cultural Logic of Comparison and a Proposal for Intersectionality

Book Chapter
Kulpa, R. (2020)
Antisemitism and Homophobia in Polish Liberal Discourses: The Cultural Logic of Comparison and a Proposal for Intersectionality. In M. van den Berg, & M. Derks (Eds.), Public Discourses About Homosexuality and Religion in Europe and Beyond (147-169). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-56326-4_7
This chapter examines the discursive mechanism of drawing comparisons between antisemitism and homophobia in Polish (Catholic) culture that were popular among the left and lib...

National menace: mediating homo/sexuality and sovereignty in the Polish national/ist discourses

Journal Article
Kulpa, R. (2020)
National menace: mediating homo/sexuality and sovereignty in the Polish national/ist discourses. Critical Discourse Studies, 17(3), 327-343. https://doi.org/10.1080/17405904.2019.1584578
The bio-political discourses of nationhood and homo/sexuality burgeon geo-culturally and historically, and this article presents a case-study of Poland post-2004 EU enlargemen...

Decolonizing Queer Epistemologies: Section Introduction

Book Chapter
Kulpa, R., & Silva, J. M. (2016)
Decolonizing Queer Epistemologies: Section Introduction. In G. Brown, & K. Browne (Eds.), The Routledge Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities (139-142). London: Routledge

Engaging Parents with Sex and Relationship Education: A UK Primary School Case Study

Journal Article
Alldred, P., Fox, N., & Kulpa, R. (2016)
Engaging Parents with Sex and Relationship Education: A UK Primary School Case Study. Health Education Journal, 75(7), 855-868. https://doi.org/10.1177/0017896916634114
Objective: To assess an intervention to familiarise parents with children’s books for use in primary (5–11 years) sex and relationship education (SRE) classes. Method: Case st...

On Attachment and Belonging: Or Why Queers Mourn Homophobic President?

Journal Article
Kulpa, R. (2014)
On Attachment and Belonging: Or Why Queers Mourn Homophobic President?. Sexualities, 17(7), 781-801. https://doi.org/10.1177/1363460714531431
In this article I ask why gay and lesbian people in Poland mourned their infamously homophobic president Lech Kaczynski, and, in turn, what it means to mourn one's own enemy. ...

Sexual politics and the Eurovision Song Contest

Other
Kulpa, R. (2014)
Sexual politics and the Eurovision Song Contest. https://eurovisionproject.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/sexual-politics-and-the-eurovision-song-contest/
In this post I would like to draw readers’ attention to the issue of how Eurovision is entangled with sexual politics in the new EUrope: how it sometimes is used as the marker...

Western Leveraged Pedagogy of Central and Eastern Europe: Discourses of Homophobia, Tolerance, and Nationhood

Journal Article
Kulpa, R. (2014)
Western Leveraged Pedagogy of Central and Eastern Europe: Discourses of Homophobia, Tolerance, and Nationhood. Gender, Place and Culture, 21(4), 431-448. https://doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2013.793656
This article focuses on the relations between the two geo-temporal categories – Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and West/Europe – in discussions about sexual politics, homoph...

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • TRANS-NATIONAL SEXUAL POLITICS. Research activities on geopolitics of gender and sexuality. Focus on citizenship, nationalisms, political institutions, (un)belonging, Central and Eastern Europe, the 'West'. Approached from critical epistemological standpoints investigating occidentalism and neo-orientalism, hegemonic epistemologies, discourses and representations.
  • SEXAULITY AND NATIONHOOD IN POLAND. Research activities on gender and sexual politics in Poland. Focus on questions of (non)belonging, sovereignty, (dis)identifications, representations, and nationhood. Approached from critical epistemological standpoints investigating occidentalism and self-orientalisations, cultural hegemonies.

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • PhD supervision:J. Smietanka, ‘Unwanted sexual attention amongst LGBT+ communities in the Night-time Economy’, University of Plymouth.
  • ResM supervision: S. Thomas, ‘Critical epistemological investigation into “post-truth” discourses’. University of Plymouth.
  • PhD supervision: J. Read, ’Remediation and the professional identity formation’, University of Plymouth.