From Orientalism to Homonationalism: Queer Politics, Islamophobia, and Europeanisation in Kosovo

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


This chapter examines how queer social formations in Kosovo are incorporated in the Europeanisation discourse. I argue that through Orientalist representations of Kosovo as the space of ambiguous particularity, neither East nor West, queer identities are depoliticised and constructed as vulnerable victims of the “transition” who can only be liberated either by going West or bringing the West home. In both instances, they are represented as outsiders to their immediate geographies. Their representation renders them “already modern and European” in contrast to the rest of their communities who are depicted as traditional, backward, and religious. Queers in Kosovo then come to emblematise Europe in the Balkans under siege that must be liberated.


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  1. 1.Center for Global AffairsNew York UniversityNew YorkUK

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