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The People, Place, and Space Reader brings together the writings of scholars from a variety of fields to make sense of the ways we shape and inhabit our world. The included texts help us to understand the relationships between people and place at all scales, and to consider the active roles individuals, groups, and social structures play in a range of environments. These readings highlight the ways in which space and place are produced through social, political, and economic practices, and take into account differences in perception, experience, and practice. The People, Place, and Space Reader includes both classic writings and contemporary research, connecting scholarship across disciplines, periods, and locations. Essays from the editors introduce the texts and outline key issues surrounding each topic. This companion website, peopleplacespace.org, provides additional reading lists covering a broad range of issues. An essential resource for students of urban studies, geography, design, sociology, and anyone with an interest in the environment, this volume presents the most dynamic and critical understanding of space and place available.
2019 (in preparation). Gieseking, J. A Queer New York: Geographies of Lesbians, Dykes, and Queer Women, 1983-2008. New York: NYU Press.
My most significant current writing project is a book-length manuscript, based on research from my dissertation, Queer New York: Geographies of Lesbians, Dykes, and Queer Women, 1983-2008 is a historical geography of contemporary lesbian and queer society, culture, and economies in New York City. Queer New York will be the first of three books to come from this research. My work argues that lgbtq liberation has been constrained by a limited spatial vocabulary that has, in large part, generally applied conceptions of gay men’s territorial spaces to its organizing without serious consideration of the other subjectivities within its population. Through my research, I offer alternative ways of speaking about lesbians’ and queer women’s productions of urban space whereby I argue against labeling lesbians and queer women as “invisible,” and, in so doing, examining the politics of visibility and invisibility used to inspire lgbtq people more broadly.
Responding to the collection of articles, “Queering Code/Space,” this article discusses how algorithms affect the production of online lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) spaces, namely online dating sites. The set of papers is well timed: lesbian bars have closed en masse across the US and many gay male bars have followed suit so that online spaces fill—or perhaps make—a gap in the social production of LGBTQ spaces. I draw on Cindi Katz’s idea of “messy” qualities of social reproduction and the necessity of “messing” with dominant narratives in order to think about the labor, experience, and project of queering code/space.
In the last decade, conversations around queering of GIScience emerged. Drawing on literature from feminist and queer critical GIS with special attention to the under-examined political economy of GIS, I suggest that the critical project of queering all of GIS, both GIScience and GISystems, requires not just recognition of the labor and lives of queers and research in geographies of sexualities. Based upon a queer feminist political economic critique and evidenced in my teaching critical GIS at two elite liberal arts colleges, I argue that “status quo” between ESRI and geography as a field must be interrupted. Extending a critical GIS focus beyond data structures and data ethics, I argue that geographic researchers and instructors have a responsibility in queering our choice and production of software, algorithms, and code alike. I call this production and choice of democratic, accessible, and useful software by, for, and about the needs of its users good enough software. Instead, I argue that “status quo” between ESRI and geography as a field must be interrupted.
How can we recognize those whose lives and data become attached to the far-from-groundbreaking framework of “small data”? Specifically, how can marginalized people who do not have the resources to produce, self-categorize, analyze, or store “big data” claim their place in the big data debates? I examine the place of lesbians and queer women in the big data debates through the Lesbian Herstory Archive’s not “big” enough lgbtq organizing history dataset—perhaps the largest dataset known to exist on lgbtq activist history—as one such alternative. A contribution to critical data studies, I take a queer feminist approach to the scale of big data by reading for the imbricated scales and situated knowledge of data.
2015. Gieseking, J. Useful Instability: the Queer Social and Spatial Production of the Lesbian Herstory Archives. Radical History Review [Queering Archives: Intimate Tracings issue], 2015(122): 25-37; doi:10.1215/01636545-2849504.
Queer theory’s embrace of instability paints stabilizing practices as normalizing and unjust. Rather than upholding a stance of opposition by championing instability alone, what can be gleaned for queer theory by examining the tension of the in/stability dialectic? In this paper I reflect upon my own embodied experience as researcher within the social and spatial dimensions of the Lesbian Herstory Archives. Informed by critical geographical studies and queer theories, I suggest that the usefulness of in/stability—all at once together and in conflict—is the work toward justice that results when Archives sits in the juxtaposition. The resultant practice of useful in/stability suggests a turn for queer theory as it illuminates a turn in queer analyses by examining and struggling with concepts rather than succumbing to binarial mores.
The geopolitical focus on territory as a fixed and cohesive nation-state simultaneously conceals the ways territories form and are operationalized at other scales. At the same time, the fleeting ability of minority bodies to make and retain cohesive, property-owned territories overlooks the limited agency that marginalized groups possess while they continually reproduce social territories as they navigate their everyday lives. Lesbians, gay, bisexuals, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) people began to develop urban territories—often dubbed neighborhoods or gay districts or villages—in which to find, build, and share a sense of safety and refuge. Yet all urban territories are not neighborhoods or districts because not all groups possess the power and capital to secure their boundaries through property ownership. In this paper I draw specifically upon the experiences of urban lesbians’ and queer women’s often overlapping public displays of affection (PDA) and harassment in New York City to demonstrate the shifting dimensions of territory in these women’s lives beyond the neighborhood/district model. I make use of two cases: the popular “gayborhood” of Greenwich Village in Manhattan and the border zone of Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn. Using a queer-feminist theoretical approach and drawing on Elden’s geopolitical theorization of territorial “volume,” I argue that a broader meaning of territory is possible. When lesbian and queer women produce and then return to them or their former sites, they experience what feminist theorist Gloria Anzaldúa describes as “crossing over.” This approach highlights the role of the body for rethinking social and cultural territories and borders across scales. I suggest that territory plays a significant role at the urban scale as operationalized through the everyday movements of bodies.
In this paper I reflect on the construction and instruction of the outcomes of the Queer(ing) New York course (QNY). The case study of QNY demonstrates the pedagogical work of refusing norms and hierarchies that pedagogical models, particularly online courses, are assumed to maintain. QNY created an open course that queered the binaries of the public/graduate seminar and local/virtual. I draw from queer, feminist, and critical geographic approaches at the moment of the massive, open, online course (MOOC) fervor in order to queer models of online and open education. I also reflect on the impact of the course through in-class notes and data visualizations produced from social media and course analytics. I suggest that queering open education is a pedagogical method that affords scholars ways to examine and refute binaries and, in turn, promote the democratization of knowledge.
2014. Daniels, J., M. Gold, H. Agredano, C. Cahill, J. Gieseking, W. Luttrell, E. Mayorga, M. Ortiz, W. Negron, S. Smith, & P. Thistlethwaite. Reflection on the First Participatory, Open, Online Course (POOC): Reassessing Inequality & Reimagining the 21st Century, East Harlem Case Study. Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy, 1(5).
This article offers a broad analysis of a POOC (“Participatory Open Online Course”) offered through the Graduate Center, CUNY in 2013. The large collaborative team of instructors, librarians, educational technologists, videographers, students, and project leaders reflects on the goals, aims, successes, and challenges of the experimental learning project. The graduate course, which sought to explore issues of participatory research, inequality and engaged uses of digital technology with and through the New York City neighborhood of East Harlem, set forth a unique model of connected learning that stands in contrast to the popular MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) model.
The mental mapping method affords a lens into the way people produce and experience space, forms of spatial intelligence, and dynamics of human-environment relations. Mental mapping is the representation of an individual or group’s cognitive map, hand sketched and/or computer-assisted, in drafting and labeling a map or adding to and labeling an already existing map. Despite its long-term, rich, and multifaceted use across the social sciences, I found that the method’s development has been uneven and its analytics ad hoc and piecemeal. Drawing upon 32 mental sketch maps and the interviews during which they were drafted, this paper provides an extensive review of the method, and details a total of 57 analytic components and techniques drawn from the literature and my own work in this study. I address these analytics from a critical geographic perspective in four categories to follow trends the data reveal. In my discussion I offer some future guidelines for research with MSM to continue to extend the method while growing from the body of knowledge already produced. This paper contributes a deeper understanding of how the mental maps can inform qualitative studies of people, place, and space across the social sciences.
This article develops the concept of shoestring democracy as a way to characterize the resulting social relations of private governance structures embedded in two types of collective housing schemes found in New York City and the adjoining suburbs: gated condominium communities (gated condominiums) and market-rate cooperative apartment complexes (co-ops). Drawing from ethnographies of gated condominiums and co-ops in New York City and neighboring Nassau County, New York, we compare these two forms of collective home ownership regarding the impact of private governance structures on residents and their sense of representation and participation in ongoing community life. “Shoestring democracy” encompasses a broad range of behaviors utilized to insulate residents from local conflicts and disagreements, and limits rather than promotes political participation. The greatest differences between the co-ops and gated condominiums were found in discussions of safety and security… Moral minimalism and a lack of structural and procedural knowledge may insulate residents from local conflicts and disagreement, but also may discourage civic participation. Exploring the apathy residents expressed about participation and a lack of representation suggests that although the Rochdale principles of cooperation that are the legal and social basis for co-ops may have been important at one time, current practices of private governing boards do more to restrict participatory democratic practices than encourage them. The policy implications are outlined with suggestions of how to make homeowners associations and co-op boards more accountable and encourage greater adherence to the original co-op mandate.
To examine how the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) has engaged with environmental issues throughout its 75-year history, we consulted five SPSSI-based data sources. Our analysis, attentive to the larger sociopolitical contexts over time, focuses on SPSSI’s attention to the physical environment, the places in which social living and interactions occur. In SPSSI’s early years, social issues research was often situated within specific locales. Since 1960 and the emergence of environmental psychology and the environmental movement, SPSSI increasing focuses on environment as a social issue in its own right as well part of other social issues. Over time there has been a decline in mentions of the physical environment in SPSSI’s methods texts. This historical analysis highlights the specifics of context in SPSSI’s environmental research and urges attention to the physical as well as social aspects of environment in research and activism.
2008. 283 Collective (Gieseking, J. – contributing author). What’s Just? Afterthoughts on the Summer Institute for the Geographies of Justice 2007. Antipode: A Journal of Radical Geography, 40(5): 736-50.
How are privilege and/or particular gender norms for women spatially (re)produced over time and how are they challenged and changed? In interviews and mental mapping exercises with 32 students and graduates of an elite US women’s college from graduating classes spanning 1937 to 2006, women’s class and gender norms and expectations are found to have been produced, reproduced and reworked in their everyday experiences during college. Participants portray these norms through the scales of the body, institution and extra-institution in regards to the particular social and physical space of the campus. Participants’ experiences, as depicted in these scales, indicate that class norms remained stable over generational cohorts, but gender norms shifted drastically because the privilege found within and granted by the elite women’s college campus allowed for and prompted such changes. Transformations of women’s gender norms also correspond with changes in the larger social sphere with a particular split in how participants could enact their privilege to alter their gender norms before and after the late 1960s.
2016. Gieseking, J. Dyked New York: The Space between the Geographical Imagination and Materialization of Lesbian-Queer Bars and Neighbourhoods. In G. Brown and K. Browne, eds. The Routledge Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities. New York: Routledge, 29-36.
2013. Gieseking, J.J. Queering the Meaning of ‘Neighborhood’: Reinterpreting the Lesbian-Queer Experience of Park Slope, Brooklyn, 1983-2008. In M. Addison and Y. Taylor, eds. Queer Presences and Absences. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 178-200.
2013. Low, S.M., G.T. Donovan, and J. Gieseking. Gates Not Walls as a Securitization Strategy: Gated Communities and Market Rate Co-operatives in New York. In M. Stephenson and L. Zanotti, eds. Building Walls, Securitizing Space, and the Making of Identity. London: Ashgate, pp. 47-68.
2013. Gieseking, J.J. A Queer Geographer’s Life as an Introduction to Queer Theory, Space, and Time, in: Lau, L., Arsanios, M., Zúñiga-González, F., Kryger, M. (Eds.), Queer Geographies: Beirut, Tijuana, Copenhagen. Museet for Samtidskunst // Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark, pp. 14–21.
I used to be afraid to get in bed with theory, and queer theory was no different. What the hell were these theory people talking about? Who could ever capture queer life in theory? As an urban, queer, feminist geographer and psychologist, as well as a lesbian-queer-dyke-feminist-trans non-op, non-hormone dyke, I have had to come to grips with theory, queer and otherwise. The liberatory practices of what I call queering space and spatializing the queer eventually helped me to make sense of the world and even to make sense of my life and my place(s) in the world. Now that theory has equally and happily gripped me, it is worth spreading the answers to these questions. In this essay, I explain how I came to love theory through geographic theories, LGBTQ geographies, and queer theory. I write of my experience of queering geography and geographizing the queer so that you can begin to see how these different elements can be put in conversation with one another. I share my story and these theories to help you expand the way you read the art and essays in this book, and even illuminate and extend the ways you experience everyday life. I conclude by ruminating on what queer geography is and could be, and I do so in the hope that you might happily find yourself in bed with theory too. …
2013. Gieseking, J.J. What and Where Next? Some Thoughts on a Spatially Queered Recommended Reading List, in: Lau, L., Arsanios, M., Zúñiga-González, F., Kryger, M. (Eds.), Queer Geographies: Beirut, Tijuana, Copenhagen. Museet for Samtidskunst // Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark, pp. 196–201.
Queer (theory) is never done or complete, and we (queers, humans) are each always becoming, whole and other- wise. The readings and artwork brought together in this text from Beirut, Copenhagen, and Tiajuana are acts of witnessing and exploring difference. The artists, scholars, writers, and activists in this book reiterate the idea that what/who/where is a queer is a constantly shifting and growing multitude of terrains and landscapes, places and spaces, environments and geographies. What next then? And where?
To help you embark further on the path of queer visual geographies, I have included a series of three recom- mended reading lists on the topics of geographic theory, queer theory and LGBTQ studies, and LGBTQ studies in geography.
As I mentioned in the introduction, I used to be afraid to get in bed with theory. In getting to know geographic and queer theory, I made more sense of the world and my everyday life.
And so I hope you come to enjoy getting in bed with theory as much as I do. …
2013. Gieseking, J. Review of Queer Methods and Methodologies: Intersecting Queer Theories and Social Science Research by K. Browne, and C.J. Nash, eds, and Queer Spiritual Spaces: Sexuality and Scared Places by K. Browne, S.R. Munt, and A.K.T. Yip, eds. Annals of the Association of American Geographers Review of Books.
2007. Gieseking, J. Review of Changing Gender Relations, Changing Families: Tracing the Pace of Change Over Time by Oriel Sullivan. Contemporary Sociology, 36(4): 341-2.
2017 (forthcoming). Gieseking, J. Geographical Imagination. In International Encyclopedia of Geography: International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology (eds. D. Richardson, N. Castree, M. Goodchild, A. Jaffrey, W. Liu, A. Kobayashi, and R. Marston). New York: Wiley-Blackwell and the Association of American Geographers.
2014. Gieseking, J. “Environmental Psychology.” In T. Teo, M. Barnes, Z. Gao, M. Kaiser, R. Sheivari, and B. Zabinski, eds. International Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology. New York: Springer, 587-593.
2008. Gieseking, J. “Queer Theory” in Encyclopedia of Social Problems (eds. V.N. Parrillo, M. Andersen, J. Best, W. Kornblum, C.M. Renzetti, and M. Romero). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 737-8.
SELECTED OTHER PUBLICATIONS
2014. Gieseking, J. Envisioning Justice through Openness and the Virtual: Reflections on the Bowdoin Museum of Art Exhibition, “Fifty Years Later: The Portrayal of the Negro in American Painting.” Fifty Years Later: The Portrayal of the Negro in American Painting Virtual Exhibit.