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After Queer Space

Friday, October 18, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Social Science Centre (SSC)
Room: 1004
After Queer Space

After Queer Space

Natalie Oswin
Associate Professor
McGill University

Date: Friday, October 18th, 2019
Time: 3-4 pm
Location: 1004 SSC

Over the last few decades, geographers have engaged with queer theory to explore the relationship between sexuality, gender identity, and space. Yet these important contributions are somewhat paradoxical since queer theory advances a critique of the idea of gender and sexual identities rather than an uncritical embrace of them. In this talk, I draw on evidence from my recently published book, Global City Futures: Desire and Development in Singapore (University of Georgia Press, 2019) to argue for the need to go beyond locating ‘queers in space’ and instead advance a ‘queer approach to space.’ I will discuss how broad constellations of power involving dynamics of race, gender, class, colonialism, geopolitics, migration, nationalism, globalization, and more are central to expressions of heteronormative logics, and will argue for a queer and trans geography that is ‘after’ queer space, articulated in coalition with multiple related struggles for social justice, and is core to contemporary critical geographic thought.

Natalie Oswin is an Associate Professor of social, cultural and urban geography at McGill University and the managing editor of the interdisciplinary journal Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.

Coffee & light refreshments provided.
Bring a reusable mug.  Thank you!

Part of the Department of Geography Speaker Series

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