Queering suburbia: Beyond discursive metronormativities, towards peripheral ontologies

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Sexuality and Space Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Roosevelt 1, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Organizers: Julie Podmore, Alison Bain
Chairs: Julie Podmore


The distinct metropolitan bias of North American queer geographies has recently been partially redressed through research on rural areas in and smaller cities. Within the metropolis, however, downtown and inner-city neighbourhoods have received the bulk of the attention to the significant neglect of suburban and urban peripheral areas. The bastion of heteronormativity, queers in suburbia are discursively constructed as both out-of-place and out-of-step its reproductive morphology and temporality. Like their more peripheral counterparts in rural areas and small towns, they are also discursively placed in a location behind metropolitan queer time. In this panel, we propose that this discursive register is likewise located in a place that is far behind contemporary suburban ontologies: with increased ‘equalities’ there have been shifts in LGBTQ household formation patterns; rising land costs have led to the displacement of LGBTQ community organizations and homes; and earlier-out youth and the aging of the ‘first’ gay liberation generation are also part of major shifts in internal LGBTQ urban geographies towards the periphery. Not only do a majority of the metropolitan population now live in suburbia, but increasingly diverse and intersectional expressions of LGBTQ identity are also located here. Adopting a wide array of methods and epistemologies, panelists will address the extent to which suburbs and peripheral urban areas are sites for queer place-making practices and how these unexpected and out-of-place practices contrast with those long established in the central core of the North American city.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Katrin Anacker George Mason University 10
Panelist Alison Bain York University 10
Discussant Derek Ruez University of Tampere 10
Discussant Petra Doan Florida State University 10

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