Queer Urban Geographies


Queer Urban Geographies
One-day Conference ·
April 6, 2013 · Parsons The New School For Design

Led by:
Jane Pirone, Assistant Professor of Communication Design &
Jess Irish, Assistant Professor of Design & Technology

Queer Urban Geographies is a one-day, multi-disciplinary exploration of the social dimensions of urban space as it relates to identity, sexuality, perception and community. Themes of mapping, memory, sensing and embodiment will be interrogated in order to reveal new perspectives and afford emerging possibilities. This one-day conference will introduce a larger workshop at Parsons the New School for Design that will produce collaborative and psychogeographic maps and representations along a series of design probes.

Date, Time & Location
Saturday, April 6th 9:30am – 5:30pm
The New School, Teresa Lang Center,
55 W 13th St, 2nd fl.


9:45 am – coffee & mingling

10:00 am Opening Remarks

Jess Irish, Jane Pirone, & Shana Agid

10:30 am – 12:15 – Activating Queerness moderated by Jane Pirone

Panelists: Tony Whitfield, Lisa Maya Knauer & Pasqualina Azzarello

This panel will explore cultural and artistic production and its relationship to activism and social justice.

12:15 – 1:00 – Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:30  Spatial Queerness moderated by Jess Irish

Panelists: Brian McGrath, Jen Jack Gieseking, & Alysia Abbott

This panel will explore the different methods and modes of capturing everyday experience through sensory mapping,  informed by memories & histories of place.

2:45 – 3:15pm  - Performances: Corrina Bain & Maria Bauman
followed by Q&A

3:15 – 5:30 – Experiential Workshop with Maria Bauman

This workshop will explore developing ‘design probes’ along the themes presented, as well as embodied experience and community engagement.


  • Jen Jack Gieseking (CUNY Graduate Center)
  • Brian McGrath (Parsons The New School For Design)
  • Lisa Maya Knauer (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth)
  • Shana Agid (Parsons The New School For Design)
  • Alysia Abbott(Author “Fairyland, A Memoir of My Father”)
  • Pasqualina Azzarello (Director, Recycle-A-Bicycle)
  • Tony Whitfield (Parsons The New School For Design)
  • Maria Bauman (Dancer/Organizer Urban Bush Women)

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