LGBTQ+ Network


Steering Committee

Anthony CASTET, University of Tours (France),

Anthony Castet is an associate professor of American studies at Tours University. He is a specialist in LGBTQ issues in the fields of history, politics and civil rights. His research focuses on contemporary culture wars and their impact on American democracy, the legal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, same-sex parenting, the intersections between politics, religion and civil rights, especially with respect to LGBTQ Americans. His research lies primarily in the areas of discrimination based on sex and sexual orientation. 

Constantine Chatzipapatheodoridis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece),

Constantine Chatzipapatheodoridis, Fulbright alumnus, is a Ph.D. Candidate in thr Department of American Literature and Culture, School of English at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His fields of research activity include queer studies, performance studies and popular culture studies. With the aegis of IKY/SSF (State Scholarships Foundation, Greece), Mr. Chatzipapatheodoridis is currently working towards finishing his dissertation on the politics of global gay culture and the praxis of camp in the contemporary pop music stage. Parts of this research as well as other projects have appeared in international conferences and journals.

Katrin Horn, University of Bayreuth (Germany),

Katrin Horn is an assistant professor of American Studies/Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at the University of Bayreuth. Her research interests focus on queer and gender studies, popular culture, and the history of knowledge. Her publications include the monograph Women, Camp, and Popular Culture – Serious Excess (Palgrave, 2017), the co-edited collection Stimme, Kultur, Identität. VokalerAusdruck in der populärenMusik der USA, 1900-1960 (transcript, 2015), as well as several articles on the intersections of queerness and representation in US American popular culture. She is currently working on her second-book project on “The Economy and Epistemology of Gossip in 19th- and early 20th-Century US-American Literature and Culture,” for which she has received a three-year grant from the German Research Foundation. The project continues her interest in alternative modes of communication among minorities vis-à-vis hegemonic discourses of gender and sexuality.

Ralph J. Poole, University of Salzburg (Austria),

Ralph J. Poole is professor of American studies at the University of Salzburg. His research covers gender and queer studies, popular culture, American literature, and transnational American Studies. Amongst his publications is a study on the Avant-Garde tradition in American theater, a book on satirical and autoethnographical ‘cannibal’ texts, and an essay collection on ‘dangerous masculinities’. He is currently wrapping up a project funded by the Austria Science Fund on “Gender and Comedy in the Age of the American Revolution”, and launching a project on “Rugged Rocks, Gentle Men: Hollywood’s Influence on the Austrian Heimatfilm”.

Verena Laschinger, University of Erfurt (Germany),

Verena Laschingeris an assistant Professor of American Literature at the University of Erfurt. She has a special interest in collaborative photographic and literary works and has published widely in both the academic and non-academic context. Her recent publications includea collection of essays, Neglected American Women Writers of the Long Nineteenth Century (Routledge, 2019), co-edited with SirpaSalenius, and the thematic issueTurkish-American Literature, which she edited forAmerikastudien/ American Studies (2016).Currently she writes aboutDjinns in America: Queer Fantastic and Muslim Futurism.

Francisco Costa, University of East Anglia (UK),

Francisco Costa is a Lecturer in Humanities at the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities at the University of East Anglia. His areas of specialism lie primarily in the study of the construction and representation of queer identities, particularly non-normative masculinities. His work weaves through literature, queer theory, cultural studies and theatre and performance studies. Using discourses on gender and sexuality as paradigmatic examples, the central aim of his work is to explore forms of non-normative sexual identities and gender performance that are seemingly ‘free’ of the demarcations and confines of ‘compulsory’ heterosexual configurations and question how non-normative masculinities present queer challenges to hegemonic heteronormativity.

Guillaume Marche, University of Paris-Est Creteil (France),

Guillaume Marche is a Professor of American studies at the University of Paris-Est Creteil (France). His research focusses on contemporary US social movements in the United States (mainly the LGBT movement), sexual identities, subjectivity, and the interplay between the cultural/symbolical and political/instrumental dimensions of collective mobilization. His recent research also addresses infrapolitical forms of mobilization – e.g. graffiti, murals, urban greening, LGBT theatricality, public nudity – with a focus on San Francisco, and the use of biography in social science – especially memoirs and biographies as forms of militancy and sociological sources. He is the director of IMAGER (Institute for the study of English-, German-, and Romance language-speaking spheres). He is the author of La militance LGBT aux États-Unis. Sexualité et subjectivité (Presses Universitaires de Lyon, 2017; English translation forthcoming at Amsterdam University Press in 2019: Sexuality, Subjectivity, and LGBTQ Militancy in the United States).