Andrew Shield's talk examines the role of hook-up apps in the lives of gay, bi, trans, and queer immigrants and refugees in Denmark.
This talk examines how the online culture of these platforms promotes belonging or exclusion. Within the context of the so-called European refugee crisis, this research focuses on the experiences of immigrants from especially Muslim-majority countries to the greater Copenhagen area, a region known for both its progressive ideologies and its anti-immigrant practices.
Grindr and similar platforms connect newcomers with not only dates and sex, but also friends, roommates and other logistical contacts. But these socio-sexual platforms also become spaces of racialization and othering. Weaving together analyses of real Grindr profile texts, immigrant narratives, political rhetoric, and popular media, the talk provides an in-depth look at the complex interplay between online and offline cultures, and between technology and society.
Andrew DJ Shield is Assistant Professor of Migration History at Leiden University in the Netherlands. He is the author of Immigrants in the Sexual Revolution: Perceptions and Participation in Northwest Europe (2017), and Immigrants on Grindr: Race, Sexuality and Belonging Online (2019), as well as recent articles in History Workshop Journal and Sexualities. As part of Leiden’s research program Social Citizenship and Migration, he is conducting new research on queer migrations in the twentieth century.
For further information on Andrew’s most recent book see: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030303938
For further information on the Centre for Queer History click here.
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