Nightlife and queer utopias

23/02/19, 14:00 - 16:00

Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

This event is part of the British Academy's season on Utopia or Dystopia - Imagining Futures


The LGBTQ dancefloor has long been celebrated as a utopian space to express identities and desires. But London’s club scene has undergone a worrying transformation in recent years, with over 50% of venues closing. While the Mayor of London has pledged to safeguard LGBTQ club culture, is enough being done to defend – and revive - the dancefloor? Join our panel as they discuss why nightlife matters and what more needs to be done to reinvent the scene in London and beyond for everyone on the LGBTQ spectrum.


BSL interpretation will be provided at this event


Organised in partnership with the Society for Dance Research and the V&A


Free, drop in. Doors to the Lecture Theatre open at 13.30 and entrance is on a first come first served basis.


Speakers:
Professor Ben Campkin, Professor of History and Theory of Architecture and Urbanism, UCL
Fenella Hitchcock, Associate Lecturer in Cultural and Historical Studies, London College of Fashion
Professor Ramón H. Rivera-Servera, Chair, Department of Performance Studies, Northwestern University


Chair:
Dr Flora Pitrolo, 
Associate Lecturer in Theatre Studies, Birkbeck University of London


Performers:
Hannah Milan and BAM BAM 007
Opi Resident DJ of Maricumbia



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