Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter / Doktorand
Graduate School Global Intellectual History
Freie Universität Berlin
Doctoral Fellow at the DRS Graduate School of Global Intellectual History
“The Proudest Symbol We Could Put Forward?”: The Pink Triangle as a symbol of transatlantic homosexual identity from the 1970s to the 2000s (Working Title)
My present dissertation project looks at gay and lesbian transnational and transatlantic cultural communication networks from the 1970s to the early 2000s and focuses on the "Pink Triangle" as a marker of identities in international LGBTQI+ activist circles. I analyze how the fight for recognition by homosexual men in the long post-war era in the FRG was recuperated by prominent LGBTQI+ figures in North America. I argue that narratives of victimhood and a cross-referential gay cultural memory of the Holocaust are behind the recuperation of aesthetics of suffering and behind the subsuming of queer identities under a pre-supposed universalist gay narrative. I’m particularly interested in the visual intellectual history of the Pink Triangle as a symbol. Through my work, I trace the key moments of the triangle’s story and look at how it is connected to the constructivist aspects of an imagined gay past and how it can be connected to discourses on queer failure and queer temporalities.
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