The Research in Focus online lecture series invites researchers from around the world to share cutting-edge work on gender and sexuality. ARC-GS aims to curate an interdisciplinary range of voices on questions related to gender and sexuality from around the world. We ask the following questions: How is gender and sexuality studies evolving as a field? Where are we heading? Who is working at the forefront of these developments?
Research in Focus shines the spotlight on scholars who are pushing the boundaries of the field on a broad array of issues ranging from queer New York to gender variant children. Researchers from across the social sciences with a broad focus on gender and sexuality are invited to participate in this series. ARC-GS offers them a platform to share their work and engage in public discussions with researchers from universities in The Netherlands.
The path to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) liberation has been narrated through a claim to long-term territory in the form of urban neighborhoods and bars. Lesbians and queers fail to attain or retain these spaces over generations—as is often the case due to lesser political and economic power—so what then is the lesbian-queer production of urban space in their own words?
Drawing on interviews and archival research with and about lesbians and queers in New York City from 1983 to 2009, my participants queer the fixed, neighborhood models of LGBTQ space in producing what I call constellations. Like stars in the sky, contemporary urban lesbians and queers often create and rely on fragmented, fleeting experiences in lesbian-queer places, evoking patterns based on generational, racialized, and classed identities. Lesbians and queers are connected by overlapping, embodied paths and stories that bind them over generations and across many identities, like drawing lines between the stars that come and go in the sky. This queer feminist contribution to critical urban theory extends current models of queering and producing urban space.
After the lecture Ladan Rahbari and Andrew Shield will begin the discussion by commenting on Gieseking’s work.
Jen Jack Gieseking is Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Kentucky, where he teaches courses on digital, feminist, and queer geographies and critical cartography and mapping. Gieseking’s first monograph, A Queer New York: Geographies of Lesbians, Dykes, and Queers, 1983-2008 (NYU Press, 2020), is a historical geography of contemporary lesbian-queer society and economies in New York City. Gieseking’s mixed ethnographic / archival approach resulted in his rethinking the construction of “data” to produce a series of LGBTQ data visualizations about queer history, a project of visualizing the invisible. Gieseking is presently conducting research on trans people’s use of Tumblr as a site of cultural production, and a hub for co-produced medical knowledge. Gieseking is Managing Editor of the ACME: International Journal of Critical Geography editorial collective board, as well as a board member of the Rainbow Heritage Network. Gieseking contributed to writing and reviewing the National Parks Service’s LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History.
Ladan Rahbari is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam and Senior Researcher at IMI.
Andrew DJ Shield is Assistant Professor of Migration History and Leiden University and is the chair of Leiden’s LGBT+ Network.
In recent years, the field of clinical management of gender in children has expanded and new approaches to gender variant children have emerged. In this webinar, Sahar Sadjadi traces the shifts and continuities in the clinical paradigm that has shaped diagnostic and treatment practices around gender variant children in the early 21st century.
Based on her ethnographic research in the US, Sadjadi analyzes the cultural conceptions of the relation between the body and the self that inform clinical thought and practice and considers how childhood became a privileged site for tracing the authenticity of identity. She addresses the temporal and affective politics governing medical interventions that seek to avert future suffering and enhance the life chances of gender variant children.
Sahar Sadjadi is an anthropologist, medical doctor and Assistant Professor of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University. She received her MD from Tehran University and her PhD from Columbia University. She has held research fellowships at the Graduate Center, CUNY, Paris Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University. Dr. Sadjadi’s research lies at the intersection of anthropology of medicine, gender and sexuality studies and childhood studies. Her previous research focused on the AIDS epidemic in Iran. She is currently completing a book manuscript on a multi-sited ethnography of the clinical practices that have emerged around childhood gender nonconformity in the United States. Her new project is a transnational ethnography of contemporary sexology.
Geertje Mak is Special Chair of Political history of gender in the Netherlands at the University of Amsterdam.