Queer Italian studies: critical reflections from the field

Charlotte Ross, SA Smythe, Julia Heim

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This article investigates the multifaceted theoretical orientations and
political concerns of, and the urgent need for, queer Italian studies.
Critically reflecting on the current social, cultural, political, and economic
positions of LGBTQIA+ identified individuals and other minoritised people
in Italy, the article maps out diverse but convergent ways of understanding
the urgent public and institutional need for interdisciplinary
approaches to embodied and theoretical Italian queerness, and the
potential impact of this research, activism, and pedagogy. After an
exploration into the traces that link queer Italian studies to historical
research and feminist history and an elaboration of what a queer Italian
pedagogy looks like, this article urges us to look across marginalised
publics, so that by using these variegated geopolitical and theoretical
positions, languages and praxes, those both inside and outside academia
can collectively inform and further the discipline of queer Italian studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-412
Number of pages17
JournalItalian Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2019


  • feminism
  • migration
  • precarity
  • race
  • universities


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