The First European Festival of Lesbian and Gay Film Was Yugoslav: Dismantling the Geotemporality of Europeanisation in Slovenia

Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)


The oldest European lesbian and gay film festival started in 1984 in Yugoslav Slovenia. This chapter draws upon my fieldwork at this manifestation to provide a theoretically relevant approach to questioning the geotemporality of Europeanisation. I argue that there are tangible tensions within organisational practices of Slovenian cultural LGBT activism in terms of how “Europeanness” is used to ground the legitimacy of minoritarian organisations, but also to question the assumptions implicit in such claims to belonging. The activists simultaneously strive to legitimise their festival and their movement by mobilising a Europeanising discourse and to distance their activism from it by promoting more progressive identity politics.


Programming Choice Film Festival Political Opportunity Structure LGBT Community Student Protest 
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  1. 1.School of Political Science University of Bologna, Forlì CampusForlìItaly

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