Beyond Western Theories: On the Use and Abuse of “Homonationalism” in Eastern Europe



The conception of “homonationalism,” coined by Jasbir Puar, has been gaining attention and has been put into quite some use and abuse in the last decade, both at home and in the Second World as well. This chapter challenges the alleged universal explanatory potential of the term “homonationalism” by analyzing the context in which the term was developed and juxtaposing it then with the context of Eastern Europe (Ukraine in particular). Aiming to start a conversation about the applicability of this concept to the post-socialist space and pondering the unequal conditions of knowledge production, we consider the tacit assumptions inherent in the concept of homonationalism and the current situation with LGBTI movement in Ukraine.


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  1. 1.University of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  2. 2.Indiana University BloomingtonBloomingtonUSA

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