Julie Podmore – Lesbians as Village ‘Queers’: The Transformation of Montréal’s Lesbian Nightlife in the 1990s

1 Apr

Geography, Planning & Environment Department lecture series invites us the next talk this Friday:

Julie Podmore
Chair, Geosciences, John Abbott College Adjunct Professor, GPE, Concordia University

Lesbians as Village ‘Queers’:
The Transformation of Montréal’s Lesbian Nightlife in the 1990s

April 5, 2013
12:30 – 1:30 PM Room H–1269
Light lunch is provided

This presentation examines the relationship between lesbian identities and the production of commodified ‘queer space’ in Montréal’s gay village in the 1990s. In contrast with the literature that stresses their exclusions in gay commercial space, this paper argues that Montréal’s gay village was an important site for the reworking lesbian identities in the ‘queer’ 1990s. The paper examines this reworking through three primary forms of analysis. The mapping of lesbian commercial spaces is used to demonstrate the abrupt integration of lesbians as consumers of village spaces in the early 1990s. Lesbian bar advertisements are used to read the shifts in the commodification and representation of lesbian nightlife that accompanied this spatial shift. Finally, in-depth interviews conducted in the late-1990s are used to examine the ambivalent response of queer-identified lesbians to the rise of village nightlife in this period.

Department series: Julie Podmore

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