Identity and Belonging: Geography

The Gay Heritage Project presented a variety of themes concomitant with gay culture that may be interesting for the group to discuss. To kick things off, I thought it might be worthwhile to look at how geography intersects with culture, especially in a transformative capacity. A few questions to consider:

How does urban geography develop with a cultural purpose?
What is the relationship between cultural and geographical transformation?
What is the significance of the supposed decline of Toronto's gay village?
How do queer spaces impact social development?

While I'm hoping to incorporate a variety of literature, the main paper I will be drawing discussion material from is Catherine Nash's "Queering neighbourhoods: Politics and practice in Toronto", available here: http://www.acme-journal.org/vol12/Nash2013.pdf

Think about the significance of physical spaces and their impact on development. In a world that is becoming increasingly digital, how is society's relationship to physical spaces changing?

I look forward to talking about all of this on Sunday, December 29 at 3pm, 519 Church Street Community Centre.

Cheers,
Justin

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks so much for coming out everyone - great discussion, very informative! I apologize for being late and not moderating as much as I could have but the discourse evolved so organically that it hardly seemed appropriate.

    As always, if anyone is willing to lead a session then consider emailing Shlomo, especially if you are passionate about, or well versed in, a particular area. It might be fun to have a variety of people lead discussions.

    December 30, 2013

    • Chris de C.

      Hi Justin, just sent off a few ideas now. Cheers Chris

      December 30, 2013

  • Shlomo

    Thank you, Justin and all the participants, for the great discussion!

    1 · December 29, 2013

  • Chris de C.

    Enjoyed myself, great group.

    December 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Andrew, sorry for the delayed response - you don't need to prepare anything, though feel free, and we will be touching on issues involving Queer Persons with Disabilities, great idea.

    December 29, 2013

    • Andrew

      My transit is balls. Wheeltrans bailed on me last minute. I can't make it like I'd hoped. But I would love to attend a session next time specifically where we discuss disability.

      1 · December 29, 2013

  • Andrew

    I'm coming out for the first time. Other than reading the article itself, is there anything we should prepare? Also, it would be interesting to explore how the Village is also not entirely friendly to Queer Persons with Disabilities.

    December 23, 2013

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