Roberto Kulpa
roberto kulpa

Dr Roberto Kulpa

Lecturer

Biography

I am an established academic, with years of research & pedagogic practice, and active academic citizenship.
My research and pedagogic expertise are in the interdisciplinary gender and sexuality studies, combined with social and epistemic geopolitics, particularly focused on regional dynamics between Western and Central-Eastern Europe (CEE).

Over the years, I have built a coherent research profile around the following 4 pillars. On macro- and meso-level perspectives:
1. Interconnections of gender, sexuality, and nationalism in Poland.
2. Global sexual politics, particularly between the West and CEE.
3. Geopolitics of knowledge production & decolonial epistemologies in critical studies.
In the last 3 years, I have started developing also micro-level focus on interpersonal relations, especially:
4. Friendship & resilience of LGBTQ communities in Poland and the UK.

My career has considerably benefitted from an engagement with non-academic stakeholders nationally and internationally, such as The Arts Institute Plymouth and Equality Network Edinburgh (UK), Association Lambda Warszawa (Poland), The Feminist Autonomous Centre Athens (Greece). International networks of stakeholders, as well as research collaborations have been formative for several of my successful grant applications. Most recently, for the prestigious EU Horizon Europe multi-million consortium funding for the project (2022-2026): “RESIST – Fostering Queer Feminist Intersectional Resistances against Transnational Anti-Gender Politics” (grant no. 101060749).

Over the years I have also served as an Expert Evaluator or Grant Panel Member for EU Horizon 2020 calls, and for many national Research Councils, incl. ESRC & AHRC in UK, NCN in Poland, SEDA in Latvia, or NWO in Netherlands. I have been regularly peer reviving for major academic journals in queer studies.

I am always keen on integrating research into my pedagogical work with students, as well as developing research skills among them. I have taught and lead teams of teaching staff on core and elective UG and PG modules, across interdisciplinary social sciences and humanities, incl.: research methodologies, social theory, gender and sexuality, media studies, politics, among others. I supervise PhD students, and as an External Examiner and Exam Chair, I have an established doctoral-level mentoring experience, and I welcome expressions of interest from the prospective candidates.

My teaching experience lead me and Dr Mandy Winterton, to design and successfully validate in 2022 new MSc Applied Social Research. This is an innovative programme cultivating an applied ‘hands-on’ approach to learning key transferable research skills, while maintaining critical awareness of the economic, socio-cultural and political contexts that influence the practice of social research. Please check details at: https://www.napier.ac.uk/courses/msc-applied-social-research-postgraduate-full-time

My pedagogical practice has been recognised with the Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.


ONGOING 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 the Principal Investigator on "Collaborating Across: Developing Transnational Synergies To Strengthen Research Cultures" (2023) (ENU Strategic Research and Knowledge Exchange Fund). This project aims at increasing collaborations between researchers and non-academic partners, aiming at establishing a common research consortium platform.

3. I am Principal Investigator on “Friendship for LGBTIQ+ (Post-)Pandemic Social Resilience” (2022) (ENU 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.

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Events

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • 2024- Deputy Research Degrees Lead
  • 2018-2020. Member of the Academic Advisory Board for 'Queer Memorials: International Comparative Perspectives on Sexual Diversity and Social Inclusivity (QMem)', University of Leeds, UK
  • 2018-2020. Expert Member on Athena SWAN Committee (gender equality), University of Plymouth.
  • 2013 - ongoing. Expert on the International Scientific Committee and Editorial Board for 'Liminalia' Series in Social Theories (editor Prof. Cirus Rinaldi). Edizioni Kaplan Publishing House, Italy.
  • 2013-2015. Member of Academic Advisory Board for 'Gap Work: Training Youth Practitioners on Gender Related Violence. A Multinational Project' , Prof. Pam Alldred, Brunel University London, UK

 

Editorial Activity

  • 2013 - ongoing. Expert on the International Scientific Committee and Editorial Board for 'Liminalia' Series in Social Theories (editor Prof. Cirus Rinaldi). Edizioni Kaplan Publishing House, Italy

 

External Examining/Validations

  • PhD Viva Voce Exam Panel Chair, Edinburgh Napier University, UK.
  • 2022. External Project Validation (EC Horizon 2020 Framework)
  • PhD External Examiner at the University of Cambridge, UK.

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • 2022. Award. 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.
  • 2019-2022. Fellowship. ESF European Science Foundation (Brussels), Fellow of the College of Expert Reviewers
  • 2016. Fellowship. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

 

Grant Funding Panel Member

  • 2022- ongoing. EU Horizon Europe, Widening participation and strengthening the European Research Area (WIDERA)
  • 2020-2023 Narodowe Centrum Nauki (National Science Council), PL
  • 2018-2021 EU Horizon 2020, Science with and for Society (SwafS)

 

Grant Reviewer

  • 2023-EC Horizon Europe Framework (HORIZON-HLTH-2024-CARE) Grant Reviewer
  • 2022-EC Horizon Europe Framework, MSCA-DN Call, Grant Reviewer and Panel Member
  • EU Horizon 2020, Justice Programme
  • SEDA (Latvian Research & Development Agency)
  • Narodowe Centrum Nauki (National Science Council), PL
  • ESF European Science Foundation (Brussels)
  • FWO (Flanders Research Foundation, Belgium)
  • NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research)
  • EC Horizon 2020, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships
  • ESRC & AHRC External Expert and Evaluator

 

Invited Speaker

  • 2023. Invited Facilitator and Session Chair at the Space, Sexualities and Queer Research Group (SSQRG) Research Away Days, 17-19/05/2023, Manchester, UK.
  • 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.
  • 2022. Post-Enlightenment: Can We Go Beyond Occidentalist Epistemologies and Geo-Politics in Queer Studies? To: Go West! Conceptual Explorations of “The West” in History of Education, University of Muenster, 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, Discussant at: Transnational Solidarities: Gender and Sexualities Beyond Geopolitics, University of Goteborg, Sweden
  • 2018, Plenary Roundtable Speaker: Activism in Central and Eastern Europe. To: Outing the Past, Annual Conference in Celebration of the LGBTIQ History Month
  • 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: Non-Anglophone Epistemologies in/of Queer Studies? To: De-Centring Gender Studies Conference, Bauhaus University, Germany
  • 2015, Plenary: Regional & Sexual: European Occidentalism and the (semi)peripheral Central and Eastern Europe. To: Estonian Human Rights Centre, Tallin, Estonia

 

Media Activity

  • 2022. Commentary for the Irish GCN Magazine, about the RESIST project, and research on 'anti-gender' politics in Europe.
  • 2020. Commentary for NBC News about 2020 presidential elections in Poland. https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/poland-s-opposition-parties-tap-gay-candidate-challenge-president-n1114206

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • British Sociological Association

 

Non-executive Directorship

  • Co-Director (with Dr Mandy Winterton) on MSc Applied Social Research

 

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.
  • 2018-2020. Leader on ‘Public Sociology’ programme of research seminars and knowledge exchange events at University of Plymouth. Incl. cooperation with Plymouth Public Library and The Arts Institute to set up events.
  • 2017. Panellist and Expert in the Trans-Atlantic Dialogues, realised with Plymouth Arts Centre, Devon & Cornwall Refugee Support, The Arts Institute, The Atlantic Project.

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • PhD External Examiner at the University of Cambridge, UK.
  • PhD Viva Voce Exam Panel Chair, Edinburgh Napier University, UK.

 

Reviewing

  • Ongoing. Peer reviewing for international academic book publishers, incl. Routledge, Sage, Palgrave, Manchester University Press, Peter Lang Books.
  • Ongoing. Peer reviewing for international academic journals, incl. (selection) European Journal of Women’s Studies; Feminist Media Studies; Environment and Planning C; Gender, Place and Culture; Sexualities; Geography Compass; Sexuality & Culture; Revue Politique Européenne.

 

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Post-Enlightenment: Can We Go Beyond Occidentalist Epistemologies and Geo-Politics in Queer Studies?

Presentation / Conference
Kulpa, R. (2022, December)
Post-Enlightenment: Can We Go Beyond Occidentalist Epistemologies and Geo-Politics in Queer Studies?. Presented at Go West! Conceptual Explorations of “The West” in History of Education, University of Münster, Germany
The invited lecture reflected on the contemporary queer studies and the geo-temporal ‘unsettlement’ of Central and Eastern Europe in the occidental (and occidentalist) imagina...

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...

Friendship as Method? Friendship as Epistemology?

Presentation / Conference
Kulpa, R. (2022, June)
Friendship as Method? Friendship as Epistemology?. Paper presented at 11th European Feminist Research Conference: "Social Change in a Feminist Perspective", Universita di Milano-Bicocca, Milano, IT
Friendship gained across years some traction in kinship research, recently especially within the ‘queer kinship’ debates, as a strong manifestation for the need and drive of a...

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...

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

Presentation / Conference
Kulpa, R. (2021, December)
Queer Politics of Post-Enlightenment. Presented at Working transnationally beyond comparative hierarchies: Exploring relationalities, solidarities and changing conditions in transnational research and pedagogies, Lund University, Sweden
This invited presentation reflected on the contemporary queer studies and the geo-temporal ‘unsettlement’ of Central and Eastern Europe in the occidental (and occidentalist) i...

The Potential of Friendship: A Case for Social Resilience

Presentation / Conference
Kulpa, R., & Ludwin, K. (2021, April)
The Potential of Friendship: A Case for Social Resilience. Paper presented at 70th Annual Conference of the British Sociological Association, London, UK
The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic mark a crisis of neoliberal ideologies of entrepreneurial individualism underpinning global precarity globally, nationally, and at 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...

Spaces and Places of Friendship. Thinking about Geo-spatiality in Practices of Friendship

Presentation / Conference
Kulpa, R. (2019, September)
Spaces and Places of Friendship. Thinking about Geo-spatiality in Practices of Friendship. Paper presented at European Geographies of Sexualities Conference, Prague, CZ
Presentation titled: "Spaces and Places of Friendship. Thinking about Geo-spatiality in Practices of Friendship". To: 5th European Geographies of Sexualities Conference. Pragu...

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...

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

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