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Space for Theory III (Nov 2019)

Winter is coming (up north first) so that many among us aim to keep the fires of our minds at full flame. Thus, Space for Theory III will continues the project between UK, UW-Madison, and UMN geography faculty and students to read and discuss theory for theory’s sake. In other words, SfT is a space to read important but less popular / out of vogue theory, without necessarily having to think having to think through how these ideas relate to your work or to the discipline and disciplining of Geography. Registration is now closed but I hope many of you will get to hear about and share from our conversation soon to happen there in further chat to come.

Organized by Jack Gieseking, Arun Saldanha, and Keith Woodward, SfTIII will gather at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis all day on Saturday, November 16th, with time for conversation and other …

Launching A Queer New York Website

A Queer New York MapAfter years of drafting maps and data visualizations, I am finally launching the A Queer New York website. My aim is to represent the breadth of lesbian-queer life. Therefore, while I include the locations and stories of lesbian bars and feminist bookstores, I also map a wide range of places that speaks to the complexity and depth of everyday lesbian-queer experiences.

Click here to see the full in-progress A Queer New York map.

I explain more about the process of making the map on the AQNY site. I’m launching this map now because I believe it’s important to show the wide-range of lesbian and queer places in New York City that were mentioned, advertised, or listed in New York City and national lesbian publications from 1983 to 2008. Lesbian bars are one of the few places to be called “lesbian,” and much of the everyday experience of lesbians …

Upcoming Fall 2018 Talks & Conferences

I am letting go of keeping updates from all of the conferences I attend and talks I give, but I am always eager to connect with others and want to share what lies ahead. If you are unable to attend, please check @jgieseking for tweets from events.

  • Rubbish and Dreams: The Genderqueer Performance Art of Stephen Varble: “The Queer Accumulation of Dispossession: Producing Lesbian and Queer Places in the 1980s” (Paper) – October 19th, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (with NYU), New York City
  • LGBT Studies at the University of Connecticut: “Constellations of Queer History in New York City, 1983-2008” (Paper) – October 25th, Storrs CT
  • National Women’s Studies Association: “Imagining Spaces of Impossible Trans Political and Cultural Resistance” (Paper) – November 8th, Atlanta
  • American Studies Association: “Trans-Cyberian States of Emergency: Race, Gender, and Disability in Digital Trans Studies” (Chair) – November 9th, Atlanta
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Research Interests & Publications

All of my publications are publicly available on my CV page here.

At present, I am focused on finishing my monograph, A Queer New York, and its companion website, which includes a series of LGBTQ data visualizations. I am also conducting research on transgender people’s use of Tumblr as a medium for culture building, self-understanding, and exchanging medical knowledge. My work on LGBTQ historic sites can be found in my publications.

For some years, I have been building a Gender, Sexuality, and Space Bibliography. The project was inspired by my years as co-administrator of the twenty-five-year old+, international Gender & Geography Bibliography.

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“What’s Queer @ Internet Studies Now?”: Reflections on Queer Internet Studies 2 at UPenn ICA

I had the blissful, joyous experience of co-organizing the second Queer Internet Studies Symposium with my dear friend and colleague, Jessa Lingel (Annenberg UPenn). I framed our opener to the conference as “What’s Queer @ Internet Studies Now?” so that Jessa and I could riff on that state of the field–a field defined by having this very meeting, as our participants told us! This post was originally shared on the UPenn Alice Paul Center website and newsletter. Check out the http://jgieseking.org/qis2/ for posts from other attendees. A special issue on QIS is in the works! Jessa also shared our post on the Microsoft Social Media Collective, where I recently spent a truly fabulous week in the company of Mary Gray, Dan Green, Dylan Mulvey, Tarleton Gillespie, and Nancy Baym at MSRNE in Boston. This was another three year-previous parallel since my visit to Microsoft SMC in 2014 led to …

Publication OA: Size Matters to Lesbians Too in Forthcoming _Professional Geographer_

My. Best. Journal article title. Ever. Is finally ready to share. It’s also my favorite publication to date and I’ve loaded it in pre-print form to make it accessible now and posted the full cite at the end. Enjoy the likes of….

Size Matters to Lesbians Too: Queer Feminist Interventions into the Scale of Big Data

Abstract: 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 …

Slides from “Queering the Map” Talk

My slides from my Futures Initiative talk, “Queering the Map: Theoretical Reflections on Spatial Methods,” at the CUNY Graduate Center this Friday (October 2nd) can be found below, and the Storify, notes, and photos from the talk can be found here on the FI blog.

As is the usual (and never the norm, wrote the queer theorist) for my approach, I drew upon both feminist and queer approaches for this project. While this talk highlighted the queer aspects of my project, an earlier talk this year at SDSU. “Personal/Political/Feminist Maps,” focused on the feminist dynamics and those slides can be found here. A number of paper are forthcoming from the intersection of both talks, including the piece I am presently working on: “Size Matters to Lesbians Too: Feminist and Queer Contributions to the Scale of Big Data.”

My thanks …

Keynoting “Queering the Quotidian” Conference Today at Georgia State

I am honored and downright thrilled to be the keynote for the “Queering the Quotidian” conference today at Georgia State University sponsored by the Society for Radical Geography, Spatial Theory, and Everyday Life. You can read more about them here.

My talk is titled, “Queering the Geographic Imagination: (Data) Visualizing the Invisibilized.”…

Data Driven Societies at Bowdoin College

This semester I am teaching Data Driven Societies as part of the new Digital and Computatial Studies Initiative at Bowdoin College. My co-instructor is the awesome Eric Gaze, Director of the Quantitative Reasoning Program and President of the National Numeracy Network. With 35 very excited students, we are where the social data sciences meet.

In the first week of class, students will select a hashtag on a social issue of their choice, and  scraping their hashtag data off of Twitter for at least a month. In labs, student will apply graph (Excel, R), spatial (GoogleMaps, Social Explorer), and network analysis (Gephi) skills learned in class to create data visualizations from their dataset and interpret the data. The readings we read in class will help them deal with some of the major issues framing issues of the web today, including Defining Data, Private(s), Public(s), The Life of Code, Sociality and …

Welcome to the Gender, Sexuality, & Space Bibliography

bibilog-imageThe Gender, Sexuality, & Space Bibliography has a genesis through my own personal and work history. When I was an undergraduate at Mount Holyoke College in the late 1990s, I told a visiting professor that I had what was then a  ‘wild’ idea to do geographic research on–gasp!–gender, sexuality, and space. Without saying a word, she led me up to her office and produced the edited volume Mapping Desire: Geographies of Sexualities (Bell & Valentine, 1995) and slid it into my hands in absolute, reverent silence with an eye-to-eye piercing gaze. I did not understand that the magic of this book yet. I had no idea what it would have meant to not have this book exist when I posed this idea. I am still studying the generational shifts on lgbtq identities, culture, and spaces as the positive, affirming, and non-pathologizing work on gender, sexuality, and space continues to grow. …

Judith Butler & Omar Barghouti Speak Out about #BDS at Brooklyn College #CUNY (2/7/13)

I was not able to attend Judith Butler’s & Omar Barghouti’s talks last night at Brooklyn College, CUNY (2/7/13) on #BDS but jumped in and made a Storify when I couldn’t stop reading the tweets. Read the play-by-play here via Storify. Butler shared her remarks with The Nation if you prefer a more traditional read.

Either way, consider yourself educated and in the struggle once you read these notes. If you are around NYC in April, the Homonationalism and Pinkwashing Conference at the CUNY Graduate Center will be bringing together scholars and activists to share work on how we can end apartheid in Israel-Palestine.

Livestreaming Now: Whiteness & Health Roundtable Today at CUNY Graduate Center

An Exploration of Whiteness and Health A Roundtable Discussion

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The examination of whiteness in the scholarly literature is well established (Fine et al., 1997; Frankenberg, 1993; Hughey, 2010; Twine and Gallagher, 2008). Whiteness, like other racial categories, is socially constructed and actively maintained through the social boundaries by, for example, defining who is white and is not white (Allen, 1994; Daniels, 1997; Roediger, 2007; Wray, 2006). The seeming invisibility of whiteness is one of its’ central mechanisms because it allows those within the category white to think of themselves as simply human, individual and without race, while Others are racialized (Dyer, 1998). We know that whiteness shapes housing (Low, 2009), education (Leonardo, 2009), politics (Feagin, 2012), law (Lopez, 2006), research methods (Zuberi and Bonilla-Silva, 2008) and indeed, frames much of our misapprehension of society (Feagin, 2010; Lipsitz, 1998). Still, we understand little of how whiteness and …