Dossier: New Directions in Queer Nightlife

Dossier editors: Johan Andersson and Jamie Hakim

Johan Andersson and Jamie Hakim, New Directions in Queer Nightlife: Infrastructures, Undercommons and Submerged Narratives

In their introduction to the dossier, Johan Andersson and Jamie Hakim highlight the methodological challenges raised by new research in queer nightlife.

Tamar Shirinian, Nightlife as Queer Political Method

Tamar Shirinian engages with “nightlife” as a temporal and affective phenomenon, emphasizing the particular political possibility that exists at night. Night requires a different kind of method, one attuned to the undercommons and its thinking on the move, and attentive to emotion, invisibility, and uncertainty.

Ben Campkin, Queer Infrastructures: LGBTQ+ Night-time Venues in Global London

Ben Campkin considers the challenges of sustaining London’s LGBTQ+ venues, arguing for the importance of viewing premises, events, and networks through the theoretical lens of “queer infrastructure.”

Amin Ghaziani, Emplaced Bars and Episodic Events: Reflections on Nightlife Forms

Amin Ghaziani argues that the closure of gay bars disrupted the field of nightlife and encouraged the visibility of other forms of fellowship called “club nights.” Ghaziani calls for conceptual plurality in how we think about nightlife forms and proposes a strategy for studying episodic and event-based scenes.

Luis Manuel Garcia-Mispireta, Community Building From the Bottoms Up: Participatory / Co-Creative Research with Berlin’s Queer Nightlife Collectives

Luis Manuel Garcia-Mispireta reports on his experiences organising a “community consultation” with queer nightlife collectives in Berlin and reflects on his first attempts to integrate participatory and co-creative research methods into the narrow timeframes of focused ethnography.

Alex Frankovitch, “It’s Time for Me to Leave the Darkroom, and I Can Finally See That”: Developing a Methodological Orientation Towards Traces, Absences and Submerged Narratives

Alex Frankovitch considers potential ways for researchers to understand the operation of trauma, drug use and sex in queer nightlife spaces.