1st Edition

Queer Sites in Global Contexts Technologies, Spaces, and Otherness

Edited By Regner Ramos, Sharif Mowlabocus Copyright 2021
    234 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    234 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Queer Sites in Global Contexts showcases a variety of cross-cultural perspectives that foreground the physical and online experiences of LGBTQ+ people living in the Caribbean, South and North America, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.

    The individual chapters—a collection of research-based texts by scholars around the world—provide twelve compelling case studies: queer sites that include buildings, digital networks, natural landscapes, urban spaces, and non-normative bodies. By prioritizing divergent histories and practices of queer life in geographies that are often othered by dominant queer studies in the West—female sex workers, people of color, indigenous populations, Latinx communities, trans identities, migrants—the book constructs thoroughly situated, nuanced discussions on queerness through a variety of research methods.

    The book presents tangible examples of empirical research and practice-based work in the fields of queer and gender studies; geography, architectural, and urban theory; and media and digital culture. Responding to the critical absence surrounding experiences of non-White queer folk in Western academia, Queer Sites in Global Contexts acts as a timely resource for scholars, activists, and thinkers interested in queer placemaking practices—both spatial and digital—of diverse cultures.


    Regner Ramos and Sharif Mowlabocus

    1. San Juan Queer: Mobile Apps, Urban Spaces, and LGBTQ Identities

    Regner Ramos

    2. A Kindr Grindr: Moderating Race(ism) in Techno-Spaces of Desire

    Sharif Mowlabocus

    3. Learning to Become an Extremophile: Trans Symbiosis and Survival in Berlin

    Ged Ribas-Goody

    4. Fluid Territories: Intersectional Subjectivities Through Hereditary and Digital Spaces

    Mabia Camargo and Eduardo Martins

    5. Queer Infrastructures: LGBTQ+ Networks and Urban Governance in Global London

    Ben Campkin

    6. Digital Dogma: Relating the Manifestations of Religion Online to the Practices and Experiences of Arab MSMs

    Khaliden Alsaleh

    7. The Carceral Feminism of SESTA-FOSTA: Reproducing Spaces of Exclusion from IRL to URL

    Jody Liu

    8. Queering The Map: On Designing Digital Queer Space

    Lucas LaRochelle

    9. Transformismo: A Spatial, Cultural, and Racial Intervention in Chicago’s Queer and Latinx Communities

    Liliana Macias

    10. Communicating ‘Race’ in A Digitized Gay China

    Tianyang Oscar Zhou

    11. The Kenwood Ladies’ Bathing Pond: Instrumentalizing Spatial Imaginaries in the ‘Trans Debate’ in Britain

    Lo Marshall

    12. Hear, Here: Preserving and Sharing the History of Queer Stories in La Crosse, Wisconsin

    Ariel Beaujot and Víctor M. Macías-González


    Regner Ramos is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Puerto Rico. His research on the relationship between queerness and space is informed by experimental research methods, shifting between model-making, drawing, and performative writing. He is the Editor-in-Chief of informa journal and the architecture Editor at Glass magazine, and Co-Director of Wet Hard Agency. His current research project, “Cürtopia: Queer Maps for Puerto Rico”, is funded by FIPI.

    Sharif Mowlabocus is Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University. He is the author of Gaydar Culture (2010) and his forthcoming book, Interrogating Homonormativity, explores the British gay male culture in the ‘post-equalities’ era.