Gaytrification: How Do Gay Men Gentrify the City?


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color photography of Colin Giraud
Colin Giraud, University of Nanterre
Event Date: 
March 14, 2016
Event Time: 
4:10pm to 5:45pm
2239 Lane Hall
Event Accessibility : 
Ramp and elevator access at the E. Washington Street entrance (by the loading dock). There are accessible restrooms on the south end of Lane Hall, on each floor of the building. A gender neutral restroom is available on the first floor.
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color photography of Colin Giraud

From New York and Paris to San Francisco, Berlin, and beyond, gay men for several decades have played a major role in urban gentrification. They’ve used the city as a means to create a visible and collective identity and changed the social environment of the urban landscape. Gay areas constitute spaces of freedom, but also normative enclaves where gentrification and social inequalities come under increasing criticism. Based on a comparative study of Paris and Montreal, Quartiers Gays (2014) explores the role of gay men in the development of urban gentrification and examines how their influence has shaped the modern city.

Colin Giraud has been a professor of sociology at University of Nanterre since 2012. He studied at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon, where he earned a doctorate in sociology and a teaching diploma in sociology and economics. His research focuses on urban and gender sociology and especially on the sociopolitical effects of reorganization of the Western metropolis, including gentrification. Quartiers Gays (2014) brings together his research on these subjects in France and North America.

This event is co-sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.