ICUB Seminar with Andrada Nimu (ICUB Fellowship)

This event will take place on the 8th of February, at 3 p.m, Council Room, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Schitu Măgureanu. nr.9) , sector 5, Bucharest.

LGBT mobilization in Central and Eastern Europe: Insights from Romania and Poland

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The Central and Eastern Europe region offers plentiful evidence of growing politicization of sexuality, from public opinion data to politicians’ rhetoric. Research in the field tackles the questions of how and in what circumstances Western models and theories can be applied in Eastern Europe, and to what extent gay rights activists in this region develop their own models (Bartos 2016). Andrada’s project is focused on the multiple effects of gay activism in Romania and Poland, namely on the ways in which activists understand political opportunities and make strategic decisions and choices. Although, both Romania and Poland are qualified to fit the ‘morality politics ‘model’ of interaction (Holzhacker 2012), they present distinct features. The project shows that activists use similar tactics in three time periods to address the state, the LGBT community, international actors and societies at wholes. However, the tactics differ from one period to the other, and so do the results. The project’s approach is to show the many facets that the gay movement in the region encompasses as well as its diverse tactics, manners, and effects.


Andrada Nimu holds a Ph.D. in Political Science at the National School of Political Science and Public Administration (Bucharest, 2015), with a thesis on women and sexual minority movements from Central and Eastern Europe. She has written a series of articles in national and international journals (e.g. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, Springer), chapters in books (e.g. Polirom, Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, Barbara Budrich Publishers) and co-edited a book on civil society in Romania (Polirom, Iași, 2016).

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