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Queering Lucrezia’s Virtú

A Feminist Reinterpretation of the Radical Machiavelli

Andrés Fabián Henao Castro

This article argues for a feminist reinterpretation of the ‘radical Machiavelli’ tradition which pushes Machiavelli’s performative theory of power towards emancipation. I base my argument on a rereading of Niccolò Machiavelli’s Mandragola, whose historical use of the mandrake legend, I claim, symptomatizes historically gendered forms of labour expropriation characteristic of early modern capitalism. Against the background of that historical contextualisation, I then argue against James Martel’s interpretation of Machiavelli’s theory of open secrets, as one that remains unable to extend to Lucrezia the democratic insights that he identifies in Callimaco and Ligurio’s textual conspiracies. Dialectically relocating the political heroism of this play in Lucrezia’s performance, I conclude, Machiavelli’s comedy becomes nevertheless useful for a subaltern theory of democratic action.

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Doing Queer Love

Feminism, AIDS, and History

Lisa Diedrich

In this essay, I utilize the concept of the echo, as formulated in the historical and methodological work of Michel Foucault and Joan W. Scott, to help theorize the historical relationship between health feminism and AIDS activism. I trace the echoes between health feminism and AIDS activism in order to present a more complex history of both movements, and to try to think through the ways that the coming together of these two struggles in a particular place and time—New York City in the 1980s—created particular practices that might be effective in other times and places. The practice that I focus on here is one that I call 'doing queer love'. As I hope to show, 'doing queer love' both describes a particular history of health activism and opens up the possibility of bringing into being a different future than the one a conventional history of AIDS seems to predict. It is an historical echo that I believe we must try to hear now, not just in order to challenge a particular history of AIDS activism in the United States, but also in order to provide a model that can be useful for addressing the continuing problem of AIDS across the globe.

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Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild

-Soviet gender orders, lesbian relationships in late Soviet Russia, the home, public space, and creating queer space. Stella seeks to move beyond the existing literature, which focuses primarily on the state’s repressive laws and actions against gays and lesbians

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“Maternal Impressions”

Disability Memoirs in Socialist Poland

Natalia Pamula

cultural history of health and illness in the Polish countryside after 1945] (Warsaw: Instytut Historii PAN, 2016). 10 Ibid., 76. 11 Alison Kafer, Feminist Queer Crip (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013). 12 See, among others, Malgorzata

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Report from the Region

The “Anti-Gender” Wave Contested: Gender Studies, Civil Society, and the State in Eastern Europe and Beyond*

protest. In particular, more critical versions of gender studies are practiced by scholars who do not (yet) have academic appointments or secure institutional affiliations. In November 2017 the conference “Queer and Feminist Studies in Eastern Europe” was

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Monika Rudaś-Grodzka, Katarzyna Nadana-Sokołowska, Anna Borgos, and Dorottya Rédai

(Minka Czóbel)], in Anna Menyhért, Női irodalmi hagyomány [Women’s literary tradition] (Budapest: Napvilág, 2013), 99–147. 9 See Anita Kurimay, “‘Sex in the “Pearl of the Danube’: The history of queer life, love, and its regulation in Budapest, 1873

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Paul Apostolidis, William E. Connolly, Jodi Dean, Jade Schiff, and Romand Coles

range of issues: grassroots democracy, renewable energy, water conservation, alternative agriculture, community gardens, alternative health, queer politics, and animal oppression (16). Students at NAU enroll in Public Achievement (PA) seminars where they

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Ayşe Durakbaşa, Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild, Ana Pajvančić-Cizelj, Evgenia Sifaki, Maria Repoussi, Emilia Salvanou, Tatyana Kotzeva, Tamara Zlobina, Maria Bucur, Anna Muller, Katarzyna Stańczak-Wiślicz, Lukas Schretter, Iza Desperak, Susan Zimmermann, and Marina Soroka

Indiana Jones movie. Biographical gaps, concerning things, dates, people, and places we do not know, are plastered together thanks to the application of feminist, gender, and even queer studies methodology. Subtly limited quotations lead the reader to bell

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Nancy S. Love, Sanford F. Schram, Anthony J. Langlois, Luis Cabrera, and Carol C. Gould

=en&ct=clnk&gl=au&client=safari (accessed 29 July 2015 ). Merry , Sally E. 2006 . Human Rights and Gender Violence: Translating International Law Into Local Justice . Chicago : University of Chicago Press . Rao , Rahul . 2014 . “ Queer Questions .” International Feminist Journal

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Maria Bucur, Alexandra Ghit, Ayşe Durakbaşa, Ivana Pantelić, Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild, Elizabeth A. Wood, Anna Müller, Galina Goncharova, Zorana Antonijević, Katarzyna Sierakowska, Andrea Feldman, Maria Kokkinou, Alexandra Zavos, Marija M. Bulatović, Siobhán Hearne, and Rayna Gavrilova

in its reading of particular representations of gender identity and articulation of queerness in postcommunist spaces. The last section focuses on citizenship and engages with the concept through the lens of intersectionality. We have an essay on