Manchester Village Stories Workshop

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Manchester's Gay Village community focus changes to tourist destination and we explore connections between space and memory

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In this interactive workshop we will be exploring emotion mapping as a method for studying the connections between space and memory. We do this by reviewing an online project we have been working on over the past year that focusses on Manchester’s Gay Village; this being an area of the city centre populated by bars and restaurants that have for many decades catered to LGBTQ+ individuals. The focus of this space has shifted from being community orientated, creating space for LGBTQ+ people in Manchester to gather and organise, to a popular tourist destination, partially due to the popularity of TV shows such as ‘Queer as Folk’ in the late 1990s. This shift has sparked debates over who this space is for and what the future of the space might be. In our project, we have used emotion mapping as a way of exploring how individuals make sense of this historically significant and rapidly changing area of the city centre. During the workshop, we will share some emerging findings from our study, and participants will be given the opportunity to engage with the methods we have developed in response to COVID, which meant that we were unable to carry out face-to-face research as was originally planned. This workshop is aimed at anyone who has an interest in creative methods to study connections between space and memory, specifically emotion mapping. It will also be of interest to anyone who has an interest in LGBTQ+ histories broadly speaking, and/or the specific history of Manchester’s Village.

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Amy Barron, Geography

Amy is a cultural and social geographer interested in (1) city life and living (2) the life-course, ageing an older age (3) place, place-making and memory. Methodologically she draws upon a range of ethnographic and arts-based approaches. Amy is currently a Research Associate on Methods for Change and a Lecturer in Human Geography, both at the University of Manchester.

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· Twitter: @AmyCBarron

David Dobson, Sociology

David is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at The University of Manchester. He is interested in sexuality and intimacy in later life, with a specific focus on the impact of dementia in this context.

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· Twitter: @Daviddobson11

Jaime García-Iglesias, Sociology

Jaime is a Research Fellow in Public Health at The University of Hertfordshire. He holds a PhD in Sociology from The University of Manchester and is particularly interesting in sexuality, sexual health, memory, fantasy and internet use.

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Jess Mancuso, Sociology

Jess is a Sociology PhD graduate at the University of Manchester and over the past five years, she has explored lesbian visibility in Manchester’s queer community and spaces. Her work mainly focuses on feminist theory and practices concerning gender and sexuality studies.

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· Twitter: @AlmostDrJess

Photo by Dyana Wing So on Unsplash

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