Introduction: A Decade of Post-Yugoslav Queer Festivals

  • Sanja Kajinić


This chapter introduces the LGBTQ festivals active in the post-Yugoslav countries in the first decade of the millennium. It discusses the broader field of action of the festivals in order to prepare for the analyses of discourses as well as of organizational and audience practices of the two festivals: Queer Zagreb festival and Ljubljana gay and lesbian film festival. Their regional negotiation of non-normativity through arts and culture, what I call regional queerness, is connected to the multiple ties that survived the dissolution of the former country but also to the dynamic feminist and LGBTQ activism in this region. Situating the research within fields of feminist visual culture and contemporary history of Southeastern Europe, the chapter ends with an account of chosen qualitative methodology.


Post-Yugoslav Queer festivals Queer Zagreb festival Ljubljana lesbian and gay film festival Regional queerness 


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  • Sanja Kajinić
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  1. 1.School of Political SciencesUniversity of BolognaForliItaly

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