Colin Giraud in San Francisco

March 7, 2016 – March 8, 2016
UC Berkeley, Department of Women and Gender Studies, March 7, 2016
ODC Theater, March 8, 2016

Colin Giraud is a sociology professor at the University of Nanterre. He studied at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon, where he earned a doctorate in sociology and a teaching diploma in economics. His research focuses on urban and gender sociology, with special interest in the sociopolitical effects of the reorganized Western metropolis. Quartiers gays,published in 2014, compiles his research on these subjects in France and North America.

-> UC Berkeley
Monday, March 7, 2016 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Stephens Hall, Geballe Room/220
Free and open to the public.

“Ambiguities of Conquest: Gentrification in the Quartiers Gays of Montreal and Paris”

Why and how did gay men gentrify cities? This question was a starting point to research Professor Giraud led during five years in Paris and Montreal. “Quartiers Gays”, published in France in 2014, gives some empirical answers to this question. Through a socio-historical approach, archives and testimonies show how gay men took up residence in specific parts of both cities during the 80’s. If gay men found an available place for identity, they also transformed these rundown urban areas into vibrant and fashionable places, especially during the 90’s. Because they brought money, culture and new tendencies back to inner-city neighborhoods, they took part in gentrification. But “Quartiers Gays” also reveals the price paid for visibility, and ambiguities of this conquest. If this research helps to understand precisely how gay households could contribute to an urban renaissance, it also underlines ambiguous attitudes to gay ghettos depending on age, socialization, social status and trajectory. “Quartiers Gays” comes, in the end, to discuss very current issues about the assertion of the end of gaybourhoods in western metropoles: do LGBT people still need a place to be what they want to be?

Co-presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US (San Francisco Office) and the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley.
Co-sponsored by Center for the Study of Sexual Culture.

-> ODC Theater
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 | 6:00pm
FREE, but RSVPs kindly requested | RSVP here

“Community Conversations: There goes the Gayborhood?

Gentrification is deeply changing San Francisco’s urban landscape, affecting the socio-economic fabric of its neighborhoods, and challenging the city’s long time history as a haven for alternative culture and minorities. What role does this new context play in the disappearance of the gay neighborhood or its inhabitants? French Sociologist Colin Giraud (author of Quartiers Gays [Gay Neighborhoods]); D’Arcy Drollinger (entrepreneur/community organizer, Oasis and Sexitude) and others join in a conversation to share experiences and look at the way gay neighborhoods are changing.
Program is estimated 60-90 minutes.

Co-presented by ODC Theater and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US.

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