Nightlife and Queer Utopias

Saturday 23 Feb 2019 at V&A Museum 

The LGBTQ dancefloor has long been celebrated as a utopian space to express identities and desires. But London’s club scene has undergone a worrying transformation in recent years, with over 50% of venues closing. While the Mayor of London has pledged to safeguard LGBTQ club culture, is enough being done to defend – and revive – the dancefloor? Join our panel as they discuss why nightlife matters and what more needs to be done to reinvent the scene in London and beyond for everyone on the LGBTQ spectrum. 

Professor Ben Campkin  
Professor of History and Theory of Architecture and Urbanism, UCL 
Fenella Hitchcock 
Associate Lecturer in Cultural and Historical Studies, London College of Fashion 
Professor Ramón H. Rivera-Servera Chair
Department of Performance Studies, Northwestern University 
Dr Flora Pitrolo 
Associate Lecturer in Theatre Studies, Birkbeck University of London 
Performance by Hannah Milan and BAM BAM 007  
DJ set by Opi Resident DJ of Maricumbia 
Organised by Society for Dance Research in partnership with The British Academy and the V&A

Filmed and live streamed by David McCormick at Snake Oil Media