Daniel Brandl-Beck
Daniel Brandl-Beck

Project Title: "Berlin from Behind": a History of "Gay" Travel to Inter-War Berlin

Principal Advisor: Professor Clive Moore

Project Abstract: Where did queer travellers flock before Amsterdam, San Francisco, or Sydney became gay havens? How did same-sex desiring men experience and rationalise their queer adventures and encounters away from home? How did they navigate unfamiliar queer spaces before gay guides or the internet existed? What can queer travellers reveal about travel destinations (and vice-versa)? In what ways were they able to assert homoerotic desires in emotional and embodied ways? My PhD thesis "Berlin From Behind" answers such questions by investigating if and how queer men’s travels to Berlin from 1918 to 1939 have shaped travellers’ self-perceptions and contributed to the formation of individual and collective queer identities, as well as to Berlin’s identity as a city.

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