An Archive of Sextures E-journal

A Central and Eastern European Space for Sexualities and Genders

Sextures was a modest attempt to create a safe space where Central and Eastern European LGBTIQA+ scholars could exchange ideas with other scholars from the region with life experiences and deep knowledge of the histories, politics, societies, languages, cultures and economies of Central and Eastern European countries.


Authors of any published articles are entitled to free copies of all issues. Email us for your copies.

Be You

Querying Sexual Citizenships

Volume 1, Issue 1, 2009, edited by Alexander Lambevski

For those in the region marked as sexually different, sexual citizenship–the heterogeneous set of economic, legal, social, cultural and political practices aimed at achieving basic political recognition from the political community (of the nation) and the nation-state that there are other ways of equally valid intimate and sexual coupling (democratization of relationships); that there are new sexual subjectivities and political identities that spring from them; and that there are other, non-heterosexual, stories about personal and sexual life that the wider political community needs to understand and appreciate is a matter of vital political importance, if not survival. It is for these reasons, we decided to launch Sextures with an inaugural issue dedicated to issues of sexual citizenship in Central and Eastern Europe, and the Balkans.

Pride Boots

Parades of Pride or Shame

Volume 2, Issue 2, 2012, edited by Anna Gruszczyńska

The authors of the papers in this special issue have chosen to focus on meanings of LGBT prides and marches in Central and Eastern Europe and to reflect on these often highly charged performances which have become significant in the contemporary imaginings of non-heterosexual lives. In all of the chosen locations–Serbia, Hungary, and Lithuania–these public events are sites where sexual identities are acted out, re-configured and re-evaluated in performances that involve the organisers, participants, counter-demonstrators, the media, police, local and national politicians as well as international activists present at the events. The marches act as a lens that brings into sharp focus the interplay between sexual and national identities, where organisers and participants position themselves strategically to challenge the boundaries of who is considered worthy of belonging to the national community.

Men with Guns

Masculinities in Russia and East Central Europe

Volume 3, Issue 3, 2015, edited by Roland Clark

The study of men and masculinities is a vibrant and complex field with researchers working from a wide variety of methodological and theoretical approaches. In recent years scholars have worked to establish a global history of masculinities and to integrate the study of gender into other stories about power and identity. Few scholars still believe in a male/female binary, and creative attempts are being made to transcend the either/or distinction between gender as grounded either in the body or in discourse. Zachary Doleshal’s article shows that even while trying to transcend their local and national context, Czech men created an ideal type that was uniquely East Central European. Similarly, Katalin Kis’ research uncovers homophobia masquerading as tolerance that emerges directly out of the situation contemporary Hungarian men find themselves in. Finally, Marina Yusupova’s contribution emphasizes how discourses about masculinity can emerge out of the lived realities of much earlier periods and are not always accurate representations of the challenges and opportunities available to men in the present.

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