MES alum to present talk ‘Queers in Space’ for FES Speaker Series, Jan. 15

York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) will continue its 2018-19 FES Speaker Series: (Re)Making Urban Space on Jan. 15 with “Queers in Space: A History of Sexuality in the City.”

The talk, which runs 12:30 to 2 p.m. in HNES 140, will feature Jed Kilbourn (MES ’11), a senior development manager with Toronto Community Housing.

This research-focused speaker series takes a multi-format and interdisciplinary perspective to interrogate 11 relevant topics involving planning, urban infrastructures and civic capacity. Through a mix of panel discussions, guest lectures and roundtables, the goal is to generate critical debate on topics that intersect planning practice, governance, infrastructures and place-making in contemporary cities.

The topics have been curated by consulting FES faculty and students on emerging areas of interest in urban studies, and by balancing out historical and theoretical discussions with contemporary planning debates.

The following sessions will be hosted for Brown Bag Lunches, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in HNES 140:

  • Feb. 12 – “Displacing Blackness: Planning, Power, and Race in Twentieth-Century Halifax”;
  • March 5 – “Condominium Development and Public Space”;
  • March 27 – “Planning, Popular Democracy and Alternatives to Capitalism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives”; and
  • April 30 – “Leveraging Bogotá: Sustainable Development, Global Philanthropy and The Rise of Urban Solutionism.”

For more information, visit the FES homepage.