This LGBT+ History Month, Richard C.M. Mole, Professor of Political Sociology (UCL SSEES), researches identity, sexuality, and migration, particularly of queer individuals in Eastern Europe. In this piece, he looks at the experiences of queer Poles leaving their home towns and migrating to Warsaw or elsewhere in Europe, where they can more freely explore or express their sexuality. Continue reading ‘They explode with gayness’: Polish queer migration and self-realisation
Rule of law expert R. Daniel Kelemen explains the ‘autocracy trap’ the EU finds itself in, and suggests a way out. Continue reading Curing the virus of autocracy in Europe: Q+A with Daniel Kelemen
Dr Agnieszka Kubal examines the response to and consequences of judicial threats to reproductive rights in Poland. Continue reading On the frontline: What does the decision of the Constitutional Court mean for women’s human rights in Poland?
Many Poles have lived, worked, and settled in the UK for up to 12 years now. Anne White, Professor of Polish Studies at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, says it’s no longer so easy for them to pick up and leave. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s commissioning partnership with openDemocracy. When I was asked to write a piece about … Continue reading Unsettling times for a settled population? Polish perspectives on Brexit
Eastern European migration takes place in a very different context than it once did. Eva Hoffman, author and essayist, asks what drives people to leave, and what drives them back again? This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s commissioning partnership with openDemocracy. Cross-national movements – as we are all too aware these days – come in different forms and categories, reflected in the various designations … Continue reading Some thoughts on the psycho-geography of Europe’s free movement