LGBT Rights, Sexuality & Politics

Section Chairs

Koen Slootmaeckers, City, University of London

Michael Stambolis-Ruhstorfer, Université Bordeaux Montaigne


Mobilizations by feminist, gay and lesbian and queer movements have highlighted the sexualized nature of politics.

By emphasizing the political dimension of private life and the political construction of desire and the body, they have both unveiled the sexual dimension of state policies and citizenship regimes, as well as opened up a horizon of new claims and strategies.

However, if sexuality and intimate choices have undoubtedly become a political issue in contemporary societies, the involvement of political science in these debates has been rather slow and limited. 

A section on LGBTQI rights and policies was organized for the first time at the 2013 Barcelona ECPG conference.

This section wants to build on the success of this first edition and consolidate a network on scholars working on these issues in Europe.









It also wishes to further knowledge on these issues in European political science.

This section welcomes papers and panels from all subdisciplines: political sociology, political theory, comparative politics, social movements, public policy, European politics, international relations, etc.

Contributions must engage with wider debates in political science, and focus on developments and state of affairs of LGBTQI politics at national, European and international level.

A variety of approaches is strongly encouraged, and a wide range of topics will be accepted.