Queer Space: Centres and Peripheries
University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
February 20-21, 2007
Convened by the Centre for Social Theory and Design in the Faculty of Design Architecture and Building
Drawing together scholars from a broad interdisciplinary field, the conference aimed to encourage discussion of queer space conceived in its broadest sense, by scholars working in disciplines as diverse as architecture, history, urban geography, design, visual communication, cultural studies, and the social sciences.
Using the city of Sydney as one example, the conference opened to broader international approaches by proposing that, while in many spheres of world affairs Australia is seen as peripheral, in the already 'marginal' space of queer culture Sydney is a major international location, especially during events such as the Mardi Gras. Drawing upon this reversal of definitions of 'centre' and 'periphery', this conference asked what is central, and what is peripheral, to the study of queer space.
'Queer Space: Centres and Peripheries' was held in association with the conference 'Queer Asian Sites', which was held immediately subsequent on February 22-23, 2007 also at UTS and convened by the AsiaPacifiQueer Network and the UTS Centre for Trans/forming Cultures.
Please download the book of abstracts and papers (pdf, 1.4mb).