Inclusive Spaces: Queer perspectives: cross-cultural experiences in physical and online space
09 June 2021, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Join this interactive session to explore a variety of cross-cultural perspectives highlighting the physical and online experiences of queer people worldwide
This event is free.
The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment
Based on their recent book Queer Sites in Global Contexts, in this event Dr Regner Ramos and Dr Sharif Mowlabocus will reflect on the shifting landscape of queer research in architecture and human spaces.
We’ll explore compelling case studies on queer sites that include buildings, digital networks, natural landscapes, urban spaces, and non-normative bodies.
Echoing the focus of the book, we’ll examine the varied relationships that queer folk, especially QPOC (Queer People of Colour), have with the spaces they occupy, move through or are regulated by. We’ll consider the affordances of digital, physical and hybrid spaces, and the ways in which race, class, gender and sexuality intersect with and shape access to those spaces.
The event will be hosted by Prof Ben Campkin and Claire Tunnacliffe from The Bartlett School of Architecture and UCL Urban Laboratory, in collaboration with B.Queer, The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment’s staff and student LGBTQIA+ network.
About the Speakers
Dr Sharif Mowlabocus
Dr Sharif Mowlabocus is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University, New York. His research is located at the intersection of digital media studies and sexuality studies. He is the author of Gaydar Culture (2010) and has contributed articles to Sexualities, New Media and Society, Convergence, First Monday, and International Journal of Cultural Studies. He is the incoming co-Chair of the ICA’s LGBTQ interest group and his new book Interrogating Homonormativity is due to be published by Palgrave in early 2022.
Dr Regner Ramos
Dr Regner Ramos is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Puerto Rico. His research on the relationship between queerness and space is informed by experimental research methods, shifting between model-making, drawing, and performative writing. He is the Editor-in-Chief of informa journal and the architecture Editor at Glass magazine, and Co-Director of Wet Hard Agency. His current research project, “Cürtopia”, is funded by the FIPI Award (2020-2022).
Professor Ben Campkin
Professor Ben Campkin is Professor of History and Theory of Architecture and Urbanism at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. He is the author of Remaking London: Decline and Regeneration in Urban Culture and leads UCL Urban Laboratory’s work on Queer Infrastructure.
Claire Tunnacliffe is a research student at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Claire's doctoral research focuses on queer practices of placemaking: urban constellations of LGBTQ+ activism in London. They work part-time as a Grant-Making Officer for an LGBTQI+ Human Rights Charity, GiveOut.