Pride Activism in Norway: Contestations, Collaborations, Cop-outs

  • Date: –20:00
  • Location: Centrum för genusvetenskap
  • Lecturer: Elisabeth Lund Engebretsen, Associate Professor at the University of Stavanger, Norway, Network for Gender Studies.
  • Organiser: Centre for Gender Research, in collaboration with RFSL Uppsala
  • Contact person: Nicole Ovesen
  • Seminarium

Queer seminar at the Centre for Gender Research.

In collaboration with RFSL Uppsala.

This talk critically examines ‘Pride politics’ in particular and LGBTQ+ activism more generally in contemporary Norway, in context of the rise of right-wing populist mainstreaming in society and politics. By tracing articulations of a radical solidarity politics that challenges the dominant ‘assimilationist’ mode of activist strategies, Engebretsen discusses the gains and losses of Norway’s position as a welfare and equality ‘utopia’, as well as various responses to growing intolerance of minorities and acceptance of hate speech and violence. The paper seeks to build an argument as to how and why a historically conscious, queer radical politics of solidarity and justice that de-tangles from state dependency for resources, is a necessary step towards forging a viable effective movement for all.

Elisabeth Lund Engebretsen is currently writing a book on Pride politics in Norway since Stonewall, and has previously written on Pride activism in a transnational context with specific focus on China.

Elisabeth Lund Engebretsen is an anthropologist whose work has largely focused on gender and sexual diversity in China, transnational queer and feminist anthropology, and more recently, queer social movements in the Nordic region in a historical and contemporary perspective. Engebretsen is currently an associate professor at the University of Stavanger, Norway, Network of Gender Studies.