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
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).
- 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
- Friendship, resilience, togetherness, resistance to neoliberal precarity
- Individual and group identity formations, intersections of numerous identity position we occupy across lifespan
- Uses of body, feminism, gender, sexuality, queer studies
- Trans-national sexual politics, discourses of gender/sexual rights
- Nationalism, national identities, regionalism, globalisations
- Occidentalism and Orientalism, discourses of othering,
- Critical epistemologies, focused esp. on the critique of the neoliberalisation of the academic sector, and geopolitics of knowledge production between the 'West and the Rest'
- Idea of 'Europe', 'West', 'Central-Eastern Europe'
- Qualitative methods (esp. ethnography, interviews, and discourse analysis).
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
James Read works on remediation and the professional identity formation among the medical students.
Janina Smietanka works on unwanted sexual attention among the LGBT community and nighttime economy.
Samuel Thomas works on the epistemological enquiry into the limits of human knowledge.
Juliet Hall works on lived experiences of parents, and parents' movements of autistic/neurodiverse children.
Key publications are highlightedJournals
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).