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January 19 2022, 16:00 | Online Talk

Queer Infrastructures:

Migration and World-making in East London’s LGBTQ+ Night-spaces

Ben Campkin (University College London UCL)

The event will be held online via ZOOM under the following ZOOM-Link

Meeting ID: 653 0935 7172
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Although the ‘superdiverse’ (Vertovec, 2007) qualities of contemporary East London have been noted, these accounts have largely overlooked the experiences of queer migrants. In this paper I present new qualitative evidence drawn from the activities of queer cultural workers who migrated to London in the 2010s, and who have worked in LGBTQ+ night-time venues. Through discussing evidence from a Long Table conversation, individual interviews, and the documentation of night-time events, I will consider how these individuals and collectives directly frame their work and their lifeworlds through optics of migration, nationality or ethnicity. I interpret these activities through the concept of queer infrastructure, which links queer theory and praxis to urban policy and the built environment.

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Ben Campkin is Professor of Urbanism and Urban History at The Bartlett School of Architecture, Co-Director of UCL Urban Laboratory, and author of Remaking London: Decline and Regeneration in Urban Culture (2013), which won the 2015 Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Foundation Award. He co-authored the report LGBTQ+ Cultural Infrastructure in London: Night Venues, 2006-present (2016) which has informed the London Plan 2021 and is completing a monograph on LGBTQ+ venues in London since the 1980s, Queer Premises (forthcoming with Bloomsbury)

The Urban Talk is part of the seminar "Stadt der queeren Räume".

© The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London, 3D-scan, UCL Urban Laboratory, 2020.