Sites Queer: Technologies, Spaces and Otherness
University of Puerto Rico School of Architecture (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Friday, August 31, 2018

University of Puerto Rico School of Architecture, Río Piedras Campus
Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 August 2018
Conference Date: February 7-9, 2019

Much of queer theory, history, art and performance have been discussed from Anglo American and European perspectives. Sites Queer is an interdisciplinary three-day conference exploring the multiple ways in which LGBTQ+ spaces and identities get reconfigured, performed and contested through the technologies and spatial politics of diverse ethnic cultures. Although we welcome submissions from all cultural backgrounds, we are particularly interested in inviting research projects rooted in Latin American, Asian, Aboriginal and African cultures.

From within the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, Sites Queer will be a space to discuss, foreground and analyze divergent queer histories, narratives and spatial practices. Subsequently, playing off the word 'site' as a physical locale as well a digital space, the conference will problematize the ways the Internet, digital technologies, mobile apps and social networks are informing, changing, shaping or contesting queerness for ethnic minorities at urban and rural levels.

The outcome of the conference will be to create a book proposal acting as a critical, cultural memory; a written and visual record; and a speculative, spatial cartography of queer spaces for ethnic minorities, drawing them out from their Otherness and situating them within contemporary sociopolitical debates.

Potential themes and sub-themes of the conference include but are not limited to:

  • Autoethnography, Autobiography and Performance
  • Non-normative Relationship Structures
  • Intimacy and Romance
  • Chem-sex
  • Digital Economies and Transactions
  • Distance and Proximity
  • Postcodes and Addresses
  • Urban Infrastructures
  • Ephemerality, Transcience and Permanence
  • Nighttime Culture and Economies
  • Migration
  • Bias and Marginalization
  • Looking for Others and Being Found
  • Politics of Space
  • Citizenship and Otherness
  • Tourism and Mobility
  • Activism and Resistance

Sites Queer is funded by Dr. Regner Ramos’s FIPI research grant at the University of Puerto Rico School of Architecture.

We are inviting research papers, performances, films, roundtable sessions and pre-constituted panels to participate. Please send 250-word abstracts and a 150-word biography to . In the case of group submissions, please provide biographies for each individual.

Submission Deadline: 31 August 2018

For more details, visit the website.

We are delighted to have the following keynote speakers at Sites Queer:

Dr. Sharif Mowlabocus is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Digital Media, based within the School of Media, Film and Music at University of Sussex. His research focuses on gay and queer sexualities in media culture, and he has authored a variety of articles and books on the subject.

Dr. Richard Miskolci is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Federal University of São Paulo and researcher of the National Council on Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq). He is also the coordinator of Quereres - Research Group on Differences, Human Rights and Health. One of the founders of Queer Studies in Brazil, Miskolci has published in 2017 Desejos Digitais: uma análise sociológica da busca por parceiros online (Digital Desires: a sociological analysis of the online search for partners). 

Dr. Ben Campkin is Senior Lecturer in Architectural History and Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture, and was Director of the UCL Urban Laboratory between 2011-2018. Among his cross-disciplinary work is his latest research project on the changing scene of London's LGBTQI nightlife spaces. He is co-editor of Urban Pamphleteer #7: LGBTQ+ Night-time Spaces: Past, Present & Future, a series of perspectives, provocations and vignettes with a focus on different tactics being used to queer night-space.

We are also happy to announce that Lucas LaRochelle, founder of Queering The Map will be joining Sites Queer and running a workshop.

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