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Queer Infrastructure

Considering the networks of people and sites that have helped to support communities with non-normative sexualities and genders.

Queer infrastructure, Whitechapel gallery exhibition, photo by Stephen White

Infrastructures are symbolically highly charged networks, bringing people and services together, as well as allowing possibilities for different ways of being in the future. This activity stream accommodates research and other activities on the networks of people and sites that historically, and in the present, have helped to support communities with non-normative sexualities and genders. It brings insights from queer theory into the domain of urban theory, and vice versa.

Building on concepts of social and cultural infrastructure in academic and policy debates, we aim to move beyond essentialist readings of queer space, and better understand the inter-relationality of subjectivities and space. Our work is international, transdisciplinary, intersectional and multi-media.

Academic lead

Prof Ben Campkin is Co-Director of UCL Urban Laboratory and Professor of History and Theory of Architecture and Urbanism at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Contact b.campkin@ucl.ac.uk to propose activities or connect with our work under this Priority Area.

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