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“The place of the transfagbidyke is in the revolution”: Queer and trans hirstorical imaginaries in contemporary struggles

Raha, N. & Baars, G. ORCID: 0000-0001-7414-3854 (2021). “The place of the transfagbidyke is in the revolution”: Queer and trans hirstorical imaginaries in contemporary struggles. Third Text, 35(1), pp. 176-199. doi: 10.1080/09528822.2020.1864950


Developed from their public dialogue at the Edinburgh conference ‘Cruising the Seventies: Imagining Queer Europe Then and Now’ (March 2019), this article discusses the afterlives of the 1970s, and another seventies (the 1870s), within the political imaginaries of contemporary struggles in the UK and France. Building on our own engagement and observations as community activists, we discuss the influence of 1970s collectives and communes in present day queer organising; the animation of a trans antifascist poetics, such as the work of Laurel Uziell, in street protests; and the role of queer readings of Paris Communard Louise Michel in the imaginary of members of the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests). We argue that a praxis of ‘queer hirstorical materialism’ that mobilises the queerness and genderqueerness of historical resistance is active in contemporary queer and trans struggles against neoliberal and right-wing governments and neofascists, and more broadly, for revolution.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Third Text on 2 Feb 2021, available online:
Publisher Keywords: Queer Marxism, revolution, queer memory, political imaginaries, trans poetics, Louise Michel, Gilet Jaunes, Laurel Uziell, LGBTQ+ activism, abolition
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
The City Law School > International Law and Affairs Group
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