Queering Two Centuries of Italian Art (1800-2000). Chiamata per contributi per “Whatever. A Transdisciplinary Journal of Queer Theories and Studies”, a cura di Sergio Cortesini e Massimo Fusillo


We invite contribution for the second issue of Whatever: A Transdisciplinary Journal of Queer Theories and Studies. The journal has a general section, which will host papers dealing with any and all aspects of queer theories and studies, and three themed sections, each curated by an independent editorial team. A list of the themed sections for this second issue can be found below.

General section

The general section will welcome papers dealing with any and all aspects of queer theories and studies, and of any of their possible intersections with other disciplines and theories: if you believe that the theoretical productivity, intellectual relevance, and political thrust of queer can be extended and expanded, if you are working at the crossroads between queer and other methods and issues, we want to hear from you!

Themed Section: Queering the history of modern and contemporary Italian art (1800-2000)

Guest editors: Sergio Cortesini, Massimo Fusillo.

The history of modern and contemporary Italian art (1800-2000) is rarely addressed from a queer perspective. The field of art history in Italian universities is still largely dominated by nuanced combinations of historicism and formalism, philological and unproblematic archival research and documental archaeology, and has seldom encouraged deconstructionist approaches, including gender and queer theory. As a result, only very recently—and mostly from abroad—scholars venture into new research works that combine serious historical investigation and a focus on historical practices of deconstruction of gender, sexuality, or other social categorizations. Unlike in the United States, where a long-established queer approach to the field has revealed scores of artists who have questioned assumptions of sex and desire, either in coded manners or as activists, one may have the impression that the history of Italian art unveils just a vacuum. Were Italian artists uninterested in challenging social norms, especially as the issue of sexuality arises? Were they just too engaged in stylistic diatribes, or devoted to an idealistic conception of art-making? Or, we would argue, has a queer history of Italian art still to come to surface? This Focus aims at shaking this oblivion, and casting a light to a still untold story. We invite papers that attempt at queering two centuries of Italian art, 1800-2000.

Among the concerns contributions might address are the following:

  • Portraits or self-portraits that questioned the social categorizations of gender, sex, ethnicity, social status;
  • Queer themes in video-art and in performace;
  • Queer activism in art circles;
  • The artistic contribution to the burgeoning LGBT movement in the 1970s and 1980s;
  • Queer themes and iconography in the Ottocento
  • Queer subtexts in Novecento and during Fascism
  • Homosexuality vs homosociality in artistic representations
  • Futurism and queer subversion

Dettagli completi sull’annuncio di contributi per il secondo numero di “Whatever” sono reperibili qui https://whatever.cirque.unipi.it/index.php/journal/announcement/view/1


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