Mapping Queer Histories, Designing Queer Community:
A sociological study of Queering the Map
GU ref no: 2019/532
Have you used Queering the Map? We are interested in speaking to LGBTQIA+ people who are over the age of 18, currently in Australia, and have contributed a story to the platform or read others’ posts.
Interviews are 1 hour and take place online. Volunteer by completing the form below.
Queering the Map is an innovative online platform. People anonymously pin their experiences, memories and histories to an online global map, and each pin contains a unique micro-story of queerness. These are stories of the meaningful and mundane experiences of LGBTQI+ life. They form a living archive, collectively building new forms of community across the globe. A complex mapping of queer people’s experiences in Australia is emerging.
We are interested in peoples’ experiences with and understandings of the site – both its design and the storytelling aspect. As well as highlighting spaces where people have experienced trauma and discrimination, Queering the Map is covered in stories of joy, discovery, love, friendship and community. These are stories that, in their individual and collective forms, resist heterosexuality as normal and standard. This project will uncover what lies beneath some of these stories, extending discussions on how queerness is understood and lived.