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EU Center Fall 2020 Virtual Reception

Event Type
Reception/Open House
Sponsor
European Union Center
Virtual
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Date
Sep 15, 2020   4:30 pm  
E-Mail
eucenter@illinois.edu
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Please join the EU Center for our virtual Fall 2020 reception. We are honored to be joined by Phillip M. Ayoub, Associate Professor of Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College, who will give a talk titled "When States Come Out: Transnational Movements & the Diffusion of LGBTI Rights in Europe." There will be a virtual reception to follow after Dr. Ayoub's talk.

 

Zoom link: https://tinyurl.com/y2tlyq3u 

Meeting ID: 917 1314 0027

Password: 912414

 

When States Come Out: Transnational Movements & the Diffusion of LGBTI Rights in Europe

 

In the last two decades, the LGBTI movement has gained momentum that is arguably unprecedented in speed and suddenness when compared to other human rights movements. Phillip M. Ayoub, Associate Professor of Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College, investigates the recent history of this transnational movement in Europe, as well as backlashes to it, focusing on the diffusion of the norms it champions and the overarching question of why the trajectories of socio-legal recognition for LGBT minorities are so different across states. The talk makes the case that a politics of visibility has engendered the interactions between movements and states that empower marginalized people - mobilizing actors to demand change, influencing the spread of new legal standards, and weaving new ideas into the fabrics of societies. It documents how this double-edged process of 'coming out' empowers some marginalized social groups by moving them to the center of political debate and public recognition and making it possible for them to obtain rights to which they have due claim.

 

Dr. Ayoub is the author of When States Come Out: Europe’s Sexual Minorities and the Politics of Visibility (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and his articles have appeared in Comparative Political Studies, the European Journal of International Relations, Political Research Quarterly, the European Journal of Political Research, Mobilization, the European Political Science Review, the Journal of Human Rights, Social Politics and Social Movement Studies, among others.

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