This page includes information on current research projects. You can learn about my approach to the study of space, culture, economies, and justice via my
Research Interests. For information on recent publications, including my most significant writing project, Queer New York: Geographies of Lesbians, Dykes, and Queer Women, 1983-2008, see my Publications.
QUEER PUBLIC ARCHIVES || GENDER, SEXUALITY, & SPACE READING LIST ||
GPOW GENDER & GEOGRAPHY BIBLIOGRAPHY || LESBIAN-QUEER BERLIN PROJECT
The original flyer for the Our Queer Lives & Spaces Project, a precursor to the Queer Public Archives. CC BY-NC Jen Jack Gieseking 2013
My dedication to using participatory methods to combat social inequality with more diverse groups of participants, as well as my own comfort, knowledge of, and ability to quickly learn and apply technology, made it essential and exciting to further employ digital and computational methodologies in my present and future projects. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) people have long been denied the ability to define and create their own histories. Over the years I have dedicated to myself to developing new approaches across qualitative and quantitative methods and analyses in order to rethink our production of queer history. I am presently crafting and working toward constructing the
Queer Public Archives (QPA). QPA will be a living archive that affords lgbtq people a space to map and share their stories online in their own words and images, through mobile digital devices, multimedia, and web and geospatial technologies. This theorization and project development has required multiple project iterations, such as the Our Queer Lives and Spaces (OQLS) project, pictured to the left.
As an example of the work that is part of the Queer Public Archives project, I am creating new and innovative
data visualizations regarding lesbian-queer history and spaces in New York City. Many of these visualizations develop form a set of 381 lgbtq organizational records spanning 25 years (1983-2008) that I collected in my earlier research. I employ computational technologies to perform networking graph analysis, GIS and geospatial mapping techniques, and data visualizations of both datasets, and produce interactive web interfaces so that others may contribute to these projects as co-researchers.
This bibliography on gender, sexuality, and space builds primarily from my experience as a geographer and an environmental psychologist. I welcome colleagues and visitors to recommend other works in the field below in any format
(text, film, art, music, performance, etc.).
This bibliography is an ongoing cooperative effort of members of the
Geographic Perspectives on Women specialty group of the Association of American Geographers and the Discussion List for Feminism in Geography. Lesbian-Queer Berlin Project
My time as an Alexander von Humboldt German Chancellor Fellow afforded me the opportunity to carry on my project in Berlin, Germany. By pursuing identical methods–focus groups with self-identified lesbians and queer women in Berlin and archival research at the Spinnboden Lesben Archiv–I bring to light how the overlapping processes in the two queer global cities affect these women’s everyday lives. I will return to Berlin in the upcoming years to continue gathering this data in order to produce work that provides a countertopography comparing and connecting these places and these women’s experiences of these cities. At the same time, this research will improve lgbtq coalition building through the support of strategic, transnational partnerships.