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Cynthia Weber

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199795857

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795857.001.0001

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The ‘Normal and/or Perverse Homosexual’ in International Relations

The ‘Normal and/or Perverse Homosexual’ in International Relations

The ‘Eurovisioned Bearded Drag Queen’

(p.143) 6 The ‘Normal and/or Perverse Homosexual’ in International Relations
Queer International Relations

Cynthia Weber

Oxford University Press

Chapter 6 argues that a range of diverse figurations of ‘homosexuality’ and the ‘homosexual’ in international politics exceed categorization as exclusively normal or perverse in relation to sex, gender, and/or sexuality and sovereign forms of authority. These figures are either normal or perverse while simultaneously being normal and perverse. Through a close reading of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest winner and self-identified ‘homosexual’ Tom Neuwirth and/as the bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, this chapter analyzes how the ‘normal and/or perverse homosexual’ functions as both a deliberate static in traditional logics of statecraft as mancraft and as a potentially plural ‘sovereign man’ in a queer logic of statecraft. Neuwirth/Wurst arguably makes possible a thorough rethinking of what the process of ‘European integration’ might mean and what a sovereign ‘integrated Europe’ might become, without reducing the ‘plural’ or the ‘queer’ to liberating or transgressive forms of sovereign subjectivity.

Keywords:   Conchita Wurst, Tom Neuwirth, European Union, queer methods, European integration, Eurovision, bearded lady, bearded drag queen, genderfuck

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