Today I am speaking at EuroPride in Oslo: “Where Does Queer Life Go after the Gayborhood?” If you happen to be in the land of the midnight sun, join in!
Here is the abstract and info:
Reflections from Queer Spaces in New York City, 1983-2013: Scholars, activists, and journalists have recently proclaimed the end of the radical and welcoming lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, and queer (lgbtq) neighborhood or “gayborhood,” both in North America and Europe. The affordable and marginal qualities of these spaces that helped to bring together diverse socioeconomic groups of lgbtq people have been eroded by global processes of intensified gentrification and the objectification of lgbtq bodies and experiences. Where does queer life go after the end of radical gayborhoods? Drawing on interviews with 47 lesbians and queer women who came out between 1983 and 2008 and archival research from that period, I trace the processes of gentrification and inequality that supported the development of these spaces and have also led to their demise. In the place of the gayborhood, I reveal other ways of queer place-making that work against commodification and allow for sustained community.
Held by: Jen Jack Gieseking, Bowdoin College, USA
Time: Thursday, June 26th, 1.45-3.15 pm.
Place: Museum of Cultural History, Frederiks gate 2