Heteroactivism, Homonationalism and National Projects


  • Stefanie C. Boulila Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
  • Kath Browne University College Dublin




Anti-gender, gender, sexuality, LGBT, feminism, queer


Oppositions and reactions to contestations of the hetero-patriarchal order are becoming a main site of engagement for feminist and queer activism and scholarship. Yet further spatial and intersectional attention to these oppositions, dubbed “anti-gender politics”, is needed to move beyond single-issue analyses of their geographical ‘placings’. This special issue seeks to develop geographical analyses of such contestations by situating them within nationalisms and racial politics. The papers in this special issue develop the concept of heteroactivism to deliver conceptual and empirical insights into the spatialities of oppositions and resistances against gender and sexual equalities that are manifest as part of broader racial and national projects. 


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How to Cite

Boulila, S. C., & Browne, K. (2023). Heteroactivism, Homonationalism and National Projects. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 22(3), 1015–1024. https://doi.org/10.14288/acme.v22i3.2341



Special Issue - Heteroactivism, Homonationalism and National Projects