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Methodology and timeline

Year 1

(Months 1-12)

Background and Training

Year 1 comprises theoretical and country-based background, including theoretical workshops led by the PI and the post-doctoral researchers; and methodological training and practice on the biographic narrative interpretive method (BNIM).


  • Month 9: 1 advanced training summer school (Monsters Summer School III)
  • Month 10: country-based socio-political summaries
  • Month 11: BNIM training
  • Month 12: submission of 1 journal article

Year 2

(Months 13-24)

Fieldwork and Country-Based Analysis

In-depth, qualitative interviews inspired by the BNIM method, conducted in each country with participants born before 1960. A total of 80 BNIM interviews are expected. Interviews will be fully transcribed, translated, anonymised and analysed by the research team focusing on the lived life within the broader socio-historical context. The dataset will be subject to TRACE three-pronged analytical protocol originally designed by the PI: phase 1 – the narratives; phase 2 – the counternarrative; phase 3 – encounternarratives. After conducting this analysis, the research team will produce 5 country-based national reports.


  • Month 15: end of fieldwork
  • Month 22: end of country-based analysis
  • Month 24: 2 conference papers and 2 journal articles submitted

Year 3 + 4

(Months 25-48)

Integrative Data Analysis I, II & III

Replicating TRACE three-pronged analytical protocol through an integrative, cross-national approach:

Integrative Analysis I: I am what I am: becoming a subject. Based on Strand 1 Outlaw Main focus: becoming a subject of rights after having been illegal – growing up as LGBTI+ during repressive political regimes; individual and collective strategies to elude illegality.

Integrative Analysis II: I’m still standing: remaining a subject. Based on Strand 2 Outcast. Main focus: remaining a subject of rights despite being sick/despite illness-related stigma; the idea of a “risk group”, discrimination and suspension of rights during the AIDS crisis.

Integrative Analysis III: Both sides now: towards a 60+ queer citizenship. Based on Strand 3 Outlast. Main focus: getting older as LGBTI+ person in LGBTI+ friendly countries/Europe, absence of adequate policies intersecting ageing sexualities, related impacts on mental health and well-being.


  • Month 32: end of integrative analysis 1
  • Month 40: end of integrative analysis 2
  • Month 48: end of integrative analysis 3

Year 5

(Months 49-60)

Dissemination and Communication (D&C)

The Dissemination and Communication Plan encompasses academic dissemination as well as outreach and other forms of communication to non-academic publics. Social media management will be a significant part of the D&C strategy. Despite significant outputs in Years 1, 2, 3 and 4, the D&C Plan in Year 5 is exclusively focused on enhancing impact and visibility, both locally and internationally. Outputs include:


  • 7 papers in national and international conferences
  • 5 articles submitted to indexed journals
  • 1 book proposal and 1special issue of an indexed journal
  • 2 submitted PhD theses
  • 1 documentary Queer Lives 60+
  • 1 photographic essay and exhibition
  • 1 archive: Queer Lives 60+ online archive
  • 1 executive summary (translated into the 5 languages used in TRACE)