Symposium: Queer Possessions and Dispossessions of the City with Natalie Oswin, Beryl Satter and Sara Jordenö
(image: still from the film KIKI by Sara Jordenö)
Natalie Oswin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at McGill University. She has published articles on South Africa’s post-apartheid gay and lesbian movement, the cultural politics of heteronormativity in Singapore, and pieces on the concept of queer geographies in such journals as Gender, Place and Culture, Environment and Planning A, Progress in Human Geography, Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Social and Cultural Geography and Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. She has also co-edited special issues of the journals Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Mobilities, and Antipode on the themes ‘Governing intimacy’, ‘Mobile City Singapore’, and 'World, city, queer', respectively. She is Managing Editor of the journal Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.
Beryl Satter is Professor of History at Rutgers University-Newark. Her book Family Properties: Race, Real Estate, and the Exploitation of Black Urban America (2009) won the Organization of American Historians’ Liberty Legacy Award for best book in civil rights history and the Jewish Book Council’s National Jewish Book Award in History. It was a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, and for the Ron Ridenhouer Book Prize, awarded to “those that persevere in acts of truth-telling.” She is a cofounder, with Darnell Moore and Christina Strasburger, of the Queer Newark Oral History Project (http://queer.newark.rutgers.edu). To support her current book project, a history of a pioneering community development bank called ShoreBank, she won a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 2015, and was selected as an Andrew Carnegie Fellow in 2016.
Sara Jordenö, originally from Robertsfors, Sweden, is a NYC-based documentary filmmaker, visual artist, researcher and educator, whose projects often concern communities facing different types of marginalization. Her work is informed by discussions around authorship andagency, and resides in the crossing points of site-specific and participatory art and documentary cinema. Jordenö’s longitudinal projects often engage with a specific site or community. In the process of making these works, she has collaborated with (and at times shared authorship with) sociologists, activists, community organizers and members of the communities that she investigates. Part of an international network of filmmakers, academics and community organizers working and thinking around hidden populations, Jordenö’s work is disseminated both in social sciences, contemporary art and film.
This event is funded by the Arcus Endowment through the Diversity Platforms Committee of the College of Environmental Design. A schedule of other events by this project is available here: queerurbanisms.org