Gender Performance & Sexual Identity at CGLFF

Tilia Korpe, Isolde Nicolaysen & Inga Dora Thorarisndottir

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This bachelor module project at Cultural Encounters takes a point of departure in Copenhagen Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2010, where we as observers participate in several events in the course of one month. We observe the participants by applying Clifford Geertz’s anthropological method and theory “Thick Description”, which is not only a detailed ethnographic method, but a way to interpret meaning behind action. We then analyze our material with a special focus on gender theory by Judith Butler, as well as the performative identity with the aid of sociologist Erving Goffman. We apply Goffman’s dramaturgical expressions such as backstage and frontstage and so forth within a specific space in which the event takes place. Further, we research on how gender is performed and how sexual identities manifest themselves during a cultural event , as well as use the theories of inclusion and exclusion within a hetero and homonormative framework, provided by Michael Warner and Lisa Duggan. We also look into Georges Batailles concept of “Transgression”, and how it takes place within individuals. We use Queer theory as a background in understanding how different categories take place, and we conclude that there exists a division between the homosexual and lesbian environment, where we also see how other gender categories are not present, which makes the festival’s aim to include a wide audience somewhat a failure. We also note how transgression takes place, especially during the evening events, where the focus is on the meeting between individuals, rather than the actual film event. In our project we greatly emphasize the analysis with a focus on specific individuals which we find have an importance in illustrating how roles are performed within social interaction.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato13 dec. 2010
VejledereChristian Groes-Green


  • performance, gender, transgression, homonormativity