Dr Roberto Kulpa

Dr Roberto Kulpa

Lecturer in Sociology

School of Law, Criminology and Government (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)


Lecturer in Sociology


PhD in Social Sciences, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK

MA in Film and Media Studies, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, PL

Professional membership

Higher Education Academy - Fellow

Roles on external bodies

Evaluator and Rapporteur for numerous RPOs and other funding bodies, including:

EC Research Executive Agency (EU), ESRC and AHRC (UK), NWO (NL), FWO (BE), NCN (PL), ESF (EU), SEDA (LV).

Teaching interests

Currently I teach introduction to sociology, research methods, and social theory. My previous teaching and current/past contributions to other modules include the following areas of specialisation:
  • Individual and group identities
  • Bodies, genders, sexualities
  • Intersections of gender, sexuality, class, race/ethnicity
  • Trans-national sexual politics 
  • Nationalisms and globalisation(s)
  • Social inequalities
  • Popular culture and politics
  • Discourse analysis
  • Media, society, and culture

Research interests

I am interested in the transnational sexual politics, nationhood and non-normative identities as interlocked with discourses of geography and temporality, and EUropeanization. 
Another area of my research concerns the critical epistemologies of knowledge production in social and cultural studies, esp. in the contexts of the hegemonic geographies ('West and the Rest'), and neoliberalisation of the education. The concept of the ‘cultural translation’, the possibility of using the decolonial and post-colonial theories in the study of ‘post-communist Europe’ is also important to me. 
Finally, recently I have been reading into 'friendship' and developing questions concerning wellbeing, resilience, and liveability in the precarious times.

  • Individual and group identity formation
  • Friendship and togetherness
  • Uses of body
  • Intersections of gender, sexuality, class, race/ethnicity
  • Trans-national sexual politics
  • Nationalism
  • Social inequalities
  • Occidentalism and Orientalism
  • Qualitative methods (esp. ethnography, interviews, and discourse analysis).
  • Critical epistemologies, and the critique of the neoliberalisation of the academic sector

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Current PhDs: James Read, 'Remediation and the professional identity formation among the medical students'.

  • Kulpa, R. (2019) "National menace: mediating homo/sexuality and sovereignty in the Polish national/ist discourses" In: Critical Discourse Studies, OnlineFirst.
  • Kulpa, R., and Silva, J.M., (eds.) (2016) “Section 3: Decolonizing Sexualities” In: “The Routledge Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities”. Eds. Browne, K. and Brown, G. London: Routledge.
  • Alldred, P., Fox, N., and Kulpa, R. (2016) “Engaging Parents with Sex and Relationship Education: A UK Primary School Case Study”. In: Health Education Journal. Vol./No: Ahead of Print, pp. 1-14, March 2016.
  • Kulpa, R. (2014) “On Attachment and Belonging: Or Why Queers Mourn Homophobic President?” In: Sexualities. Vol. 17, No 7, pp. 781-801.
  • Kulpa, R. (2014) “Western Leveraged Pedagogy of Central and Eastern Europe: Discourses of Homophobia, Tolerance, and Nationhood”. In: Gender, Place and Culture. A Journal of Feminist Geography. Vol. 21, No 4, pp. 431-448.
  • Kulpa, R. (2013) “L’Est Visto Dall’Ovest. Dei Discorsi Occidentali sull’Omofobia nell’Europa Centro-Orientale”. In: Alterazioni. Introduzione alle SociologiedDelle Omosessualità. Ed. C. Rinaldi, pp. 361-392. Milan: Mimesis. (IT).
  • Kulpa, R. and Mizielinska, J. (eds.) (2012) “Central and Eastern European Sexualities ‘in Transition’” Special Issue of Lambda Nordica, Vol 17, No 4.
  • Kulpa, R. and Mizielinska, J. (eds.) (2011) “De-Centring Western Sexualities: Central and Eastern European Perspectives”. Farnham: Ashgate.

Reports & invited lectures

•   Keynote & Master Class. To: 9th Winter School. Troubling Gender: Theory and Method. (Forthcoming, 03-09.02.2020, University of Tartu, Estonia).

•  Plenary: Trans/National Sexualities & the Conservative Turn. To: Quiet Revolution? Alternative Sexualities in Europe and the post-Soviet Region. (19.09.2019, Cardiff University, UK).

•   Friendship as Resilience. To: Transnational Solidarities: Gender and Sexualities Beyond Geopolitics. (23-24.05.2018, University of Goteborg, Sweden).

•   Plenary Roundtable Speaker: Activism in Central and Eastern Europe. To: Outing the Past, Annual Conference in Celebration of the LGBTIQ History Month, (16-18.03.2018, John Moores Liverpool University, Schools OUT UK Charity).

•   Keynote – Unlikely Analogies? Homophobia, Anti-Semitism, and Polish National Identity. To: Contested Privates: Religion and Homosexuality in Public Discourse. (26-28.10.2017, University of Utrecht, Netherlands).

•   Non-Anglophone Epistemologies in/of Queer Studies? To: De-Centring Gender Studies Conference. (17-18.12.2015, Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany).

•   Regional & Sexual: European Occidentalism and the (semi)peripheral Central and Eastern Europe. To: Estonian Human Rights Centre Seminars. (24.03.2015, Tallin, Estonia).

•   Keynote – Geographies of (Queer) Knowledge: Reflections on the Critical Epistemologies and the Geo-Temporal ‘Knowledge Situations’ in Queer Studies. To: 2nd European Geographies of Sexualities Conference. (05-07.09.2013, University of Lisbon).

•   Sexual Politics and Cultural Translation between the West and the East of Europe. To: The Cultural Translation of Sexuality in European Context: One Day Seminar. (10.06.2013, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Warwick).

•   “40 Years of Equality, 20 Years of Freedom”? Sexual Politics in “Central and Eastern Europe” and the “Western” Narrations of Sexual Liberation.
To: 40 Years On: Where Are LGBT Rights. (20.05.2011, LSE London).

•   Temporalities of “West” And “East”, Homosexuality and the Hegemony of “Post-Communism”. To: “Beyond Gender Boundaries” Lecture Series of AG Queer Studies Group. (04.05.2011, University of Hamburg).


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