Queer Memorials: International Comparative Perspectives on Sexual Diversity and Social Inclusivity (QMem)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leeds
Department Name: Sch of Geography

Abstract

This project aims to provide significant new insights into the nature of social engagement with public material monuments that are dedicated to the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The research is crucial at a moment when debates are intensifying about how to commemorate LGBT history, memorialise victims of anti-LGBT violence, and promote social inclusivity through public art.

This is the first major international research project to focus on memorials with sexuality content in international perspective. It critically engages with interdisciplinary scholarship to provide comparative knowledge of how queer memorials' key characteristics - location, material design, theme and symbolism - operate as sources of heated debates while reinforcing, subverting and creating inclusions/exclusions. This is done along three key dimensions:
(1) Historical context: Social engagement with queer memorials from the moment of initiation to the present day;
(2) Cultural politics: How politicians, policymakers, activists and diverse publics are involved in forms of co-production, appropriation and contestation related to queer memorials.
(3) Everyday engagement: What queer memorials mean and 'do' to people within and beyond LGBT communities as expressed onsite and offsite on an everyday basis.

The research will internationalise the debate and provide novel conceptual, methodological and practical insights by drawing on case studies in three contrasting contexts: Homo Monument (1987) in Amsterdam, Gay Liberation Monument (1992) in New York City and Tecza (Polish for 'Rainbow') (2012-5) in Warsaw. These cases have been chosen because they are embedded in different trajectories of sexual citizenship rights (e.g. secular recognition of same-sex unions vs. religious-conservative sexual legislation), dynamics of cultural values (e.g. freedoms of gender/sexuality expression vs. patriarchal and heterosexual dominance); social organising (e.g. LGBT advocacy/associations vs. anti-LGBT alliances); and cultural economy (e.g. tourist districts fostering or suppressing LGBT lifestyles).

QMem is important to developing cross-national and interdisciplinary understandings in research, policy and practice of the significance of queer memorials to social change. Struggles can become acute when a lasting structure such as a queer memorial - contrary to a more ephemeral event such as a Pride march memorial - is established in public space. Responses to public memorials can be antisocial, particularly when marginalised people are commemorated, and this tendency has been particularly evident regarding the queer memorials in question, including the Polish memorial that was burnt to the ground by anti-gay activists in Poland. The Homo Monument, although widely celebrated, has been has been critiqued for perceived gay male bias in LGBT memorials and hence the 'unremembering' of sexual and gender 'others'. Gay Liberation Monument has recently received substantial opposition considering this memorial's apparent 'whiteness', resonating with wider national antiracism protests such as Black Lives Matter.

QMem will bring together interdisciplinary expertise from academic advisory board members and involve active collaboration with local agencies who are directly involved in the management of the memorials, the key UK public-art sector beneficiary IXIA Public Art Think Tank, and local, national and international LGBT-sector beneficiaries. By disseminating output (incl. summaries, photo exhibition and teaching booklet) for non-specialised audiences through the beneficiaries' links with city, national and international governments and media, QMem will aim to impact thinking, practices and policies that influence the cultivation and implementation of queer memorials and LGBT-inclusive public environments more widely - in line with UN's strategy to promote LGBT equality and diversity worldwide.

Planned Impact

QMem will engage beneficiaries directly involved in the management of LGBT memorials in public space and more broadly in the public-art and LGBT sectors. Through links with city, regional and (inter)national institutions and media, QMem will impact thinking, policies and practices that influence the cultivation and implementation of queer memorials and LGBT-inclusive environments more widely. Beneficiaries will advise on making research output relevant to wider users through their global networks to maximise public awareness of the relevance of LGBT-dedicated monuments to enhancing social diversity and inclusion in public life.

WHO WILL BENEFIT AND HOW?

UK public-art sector beneficiary
(i) IXIA Public Art Think Tank: By consultation and knowledge dissemination, QMem will contribute to IXIA's mission to increase public understanding of public art's role in producing social change (thus ensuring UK benefit beyond this partner). Case-study findings will be rendered into agendas for IXIA's core activities of research, event organising, commissioning and delivering training. IXIA will be introduced to the larger project network of monument-related parties (above) and LGBT-sector beneficiaries (below) to bridge public-art and LGBT organising and promote a larger supportive environment for queer memorials amongst policymakers, artists and professionals.

LGBT-sector beneficiaries
Below beneficiaries will help shaping the research by providing advice about conducting research in the local and national LGBT contexts. Specific benefits differ over their objectives:
(ii) COC Netherlands advocates LGBT/non-LGBT coalitions. To contribute to this goal, COC will provide IP with a platform to deliver a public speech about findings at two major COC-supported events to maximise impact on a wide audience: National Remembrance Day/Liberation on Day 4-5 May 2018 and the Amsterdam Pride in Aug 2018.
(iii) Rainbow Heritage Network advocates for sites, archives and preservation initiatives associated with sexual and gender minorities throughout the US. QMem's case study findings, along with the digital link to the project's photo exhibition, will be included in the Network's public archive as comparative test cases that appeal to public research-user audiences worldwide that want to learn (or are concerned) about LGBT heritage preservation.
(iv) Lambda Warszawa aims to build public support for LGBT communities. The teaching booklet (in Polish) with illustrations from the photo exhibition will be promoted in line with Lambda Warszawa's "School without Homophobia" programme for strengthening LGBT inclusive environments among young and future generations.
(v) Int. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) has a key strategy to enhance engagement with LGBT communities through social media communications. QMem will actively provide regular updates to ILGA for dissemination over social media, used by ILGA as prompt channel to inform agendas of its networks (including the UN) about the power of memorials to promote LGBT citizenship and inclusion. ILGA is invited to provide a keynote at the project's international colloquium in Leeds on the Int. Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on 17 May 2018.

Monument-related beneficiaries
(vi) Homo Monument Foundation;
(vii) Christopher Park Alliance for Gay Liberation Monument;
These beneficiaries will shape the research by advising on fieldwork, and benefit from team consultations and public reports for integration into their offline and online communications and for (re)designing uses of the queer memorials. QMem will also develop a project-dedicated website (with freely available reports, digital photo exhibition with teaching booklet, open-access publications, news coverage, and integrated project-dedicated Twitter feed) to widen global accessibility to findings among non-specialised research-user audiences.

Publications

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Zebracki M. (2021) Queer Monuments: Visibility, (Counter)actions, Legacy in Journal of Homosexuality

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Zebracki M. (2021) Coming Out of the "Death of the Monument" in Espace art actuel

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Zebracki M (2020) Public Art and Sex(uality): A "Wonky" Nexus in Public Art Dialogue

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Greatrick A. (2021) LGBTQ+ Inclusive Fieldwork in Geography Directions

 
Description Nb key findings currently subject to peer review
Exploitation Route The research outcomes engage directly with a range of beneficiaries involved in the management of LGBT memorials in public space as well as those involved more broadly with social policies and practices regarding public art and/or LGBT commemoration and organising. Through links with city, regional, national and international stakeholders including governmental and non-governmental organisations and media engagement, the research outcomes will aim to impact scholarly thinking, policies and practices that influence the cultivation and implementation of queer memorials as well as LGBT-inclusive public environments more widely.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL https://queermemorials.leeds.ac.uk
 
Description Impact funding (per Further Funding section): Dr Martin Zebracki has received an ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) Award (2020) from the Leeds Social Sciences Institute (LSSI) for the project Pride in the Field (PIF): Promoting Inclusive Fieldwork Spaces for LGBTQ+ Workers in Research, Policy and Practice, in collaboration with external partner organisation LGBTQ+ Field Network. The project seeks to apply knowledge and approaches as developed as part of the AHRC project Queer Memorials: International Comparative Perspectives on Sexual Diversity and Social Inclusivity (QMem). PIF will, among other avenues, establish proof of concept of a web-based user support platform, aiming to enhance LGBTQ+ inclusive fieldwork capacity and related advocacy work. Translational research activity: Dr Martin Zebracki, informed by his research and scholar activism, co-organised the first Queer Pride Gent on 11 May 2019, Ghent, Belgium. This event, including debates and performances, sparked wide questions and discussion and audiences reported change in views, opinions and behaviours to celebrate sexual and gender diversity and promote the inclusion of communities marginalised on the basis of sexuality and gender. The event influenced policy and political priorities regarding enhancing the inclusion of gender and sexual minorities and their visibility in the public realm, and impacted plans for future related activity.
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Other
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Decolonising Sculpture for Urban Social Justice (DISCUSS)
Amount £84,000 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2021 
End 09/2025
 
Description Impact Acceleration Account 2019: Leeds
Amount £1,300,000 (GBP)
Funding ID ES/T501955/1 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2019 
End 03/2023
 
Description Laidlaw Scholarship
Amount £2,000 (GBP)
Funding ID Scholar's IO: 95523323 
Organisation Laidlaw Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2018 
End 09/2020
 
Description Public arts for inclusive placemaking
Amount £84,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 2277279 
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2019 
End 09/2023
 
Description Q-Step Summer Placement
Amount £1,200 (GBP)
Organisation Nuffield Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2019 
End 09/2019
 
Title Database Queer Memorials: International Comparative Perspectives on Sexual Diversity and Social Inclusivity (QMem) 
Description Comprehensive database i.e. metadata including categorised collected data for three study sites as part of the project, i.e. Amsterdam, New York and Warsaw. Nb metadata are not anonymous and are therefore not published. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact This database underpins on-going data analysis and the preparation of publications 
 
Description Creative Queer Memorials workshop as part of LGBT History Month 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Creative Queer Memorials workshop led by T. Kolar, Laidlaw Scholar (student placement). Introduction of participatory art i.e. clay method to imagine a new LGBTQ-dedicated monument commissioned by the local city council. The event indicated the usefulness of the workshop methodology for sparking debate about the need for a public LGBTQ monument. Participants also indicated that the city of Leeds is in need of such monument.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://equality.leeds.ac.uk/events/looking-back-lgbthm2020/
 
Description Expert panel at international conference (RGS-IBG 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This expert panel, titled Queering the Limits of Representation, was organised by Dr Martin Zebracki at the Annual International Conference of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) on 27-30 August 2019. It convened experts to interrogate the possibilities and limitations of queer methods and methodologies for examining and relaying 'lived/bodily experience' (i.e., the non-representational dimension) vis-à-vis the 'narrated experience' (i.e. the representational dimension) of gender and sexuality. The event sparked questions and discussion afterwards amongst members of the audience and colleagues reported change in perspectives and increased interest in the subject area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://conference.rgs.org/AC2019/320
 
Description Interview for award-winning volunteer University newspaper (Glasgow Guardian) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr. M. Zebracki interviewed in "Gap in the syllabus: Human geography, queer memorials, and LGBTQ+ public art", The Glasgow Guardian, 29 February 2020, an award winning volunteer newspaper at the University of Glasgow. This interview has sparked discussion and interest in the subject area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://glasgowguardian.co.uk/2020/02/29/gap-in-the-syllabus-human-geography-queer-memorials-and-lgb...
 
Description Interview for local news (De Gentenaar) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Translational research activity: Interview [in Dutch] with Dr M. Zebracki by De Gentenaar, local newspaper, 10 May 2019: First Queer Pride in Ghent [Eerste Queer Pride in Gent]. Zebracki, informed by his research and scholar activism, co-organised the Queer Pride Gent on 11 May 2019. The interview supported a wide public debate as part of this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20190509_04388698
 
Description Interview for local news (Het Laatste Nieuws) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Translational research activity: A joint 'artivist' demonstration co-led by M. Zebracki proclaimed a public sculpture in the city centre of Ghent, Belgium as provisional queer memorial, which was held as immediate, ludic response to a severe local incident of gaybashing. Over more than 200 people attended the event, which sparked questions and discussion afterwards from members of the general public, policymakers/politicians and the local press, including:
Lgbt-gemeenschap kroont 'eigen monument' [LGBT community crowns 'own monument'], interview in Het Laatste Nieuws (including local and national edition; URL of local edition listed below)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20180810_03658659
 
Description Interview for local news (Het Laatste Nieuws) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Translational research activity: Interview [in Dutch] with Dr M. Zebracki by Het Laatste Nieuws (in de buurt: Gent), local newspaper, 12 May 2019: First Queer Pride Ghent breaks silos: "All people should be able to be who they want to be" [Eerste Queer Pride Gent daagt 'hokjesdenken' uit: "Alle mensen moeten kunnen zijn wie ze willen zijn"]. Zebracki, informed by his research and scholar activism, co-organised the Queer Pride Gent on 11 May 2019. The interview supported a wide public debate as part of this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.hln.be/in-de-buurt/gent/eerste-queer-pride-gent-daagt-hokjesdenken-uit-alle-mensen-moete...
 
Description Interview for national LGBT blog (Be Out) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Translational research activity: Full-length interview [in Dutch] with Dr M. Zebracki by Be Out, national LGBT blog, 14 April 2019: Queer Pride Ghent 2019 on 11 May: What Does Queer Pride Ghent Stand For? [Queer Pride Gent 2019 op 11 mei: waarvoor staat Queer Pride Gent?]. Zebracki, informed by his research and scholar activism, co-organised the Queer Pride Gent on 11 May 2019. The interview supported a wide public debate as part of this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Interview for national LGBT news magazine (ZiZo) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Translational research activity: Interview [in Dutch] with Dr M. Zebracki by ZiZo, national LGBT news magazine, 10 May 2019: Queer Pride in Ghent on 11 May: Something for Everyone! [Queer Pride in Gent op 11 mei: Voor elk wat wils!]. Zebracki, informed by his research and scholar activism, co-organised the Queer Pride Gent on 11 May 2019. The interview supported a wide public debate as part of this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://zizomag.be/binnenland/queer-pride-gent-op-11-mei-voor-elk-wat-wils
 
Description Interview for national news (De Morgen) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Translational research activity: A joint 'artivist' demonstration co-led by M. Zebracki proclaimed a public sculpture in the city centre of Ghent, Belgium as provisional queer memorial, which was held as immediate, ludic response to a severe local incident of gaybashing. Over more than 200 people attended the event, which sparked questions and discussion afterwards from members of the general public, policymakers/politicians and the national press, including:
Gentse lgbt-gemeenschap claimt vanavond fontein als 'eigen monument' [Tonight Ghent's LGBT community will claim fountain as 'own monument'], interview in De Morgen (URL listed below)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.demorgen.be/binnenland/gentse-lgbt-gemeenschap-claimt-vanavond-fontein-als-eigen-monumen...
 
Description Interview for national news (De Standaard) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Translational research activity: Interview [in Dutch] with Dr M. Zebracki by De Standaard, national broadsheet, 10 May 2019: 'Pride Is Protest' It Must Challenge Normality ['Pride is protest': Het moet de normaliteit uitdagen]. Zebracki, informed by his research and scholar activism, co-organised the Queer Pride Gent on 11 May 2019. The interview supported a wide public debate as part of this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.standaard.be/cnt/dmf20190509_04388605
 
Description Interview for national news (HUMO) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Translational research activity: Full-length interview [in Dutch] with Dr M. Zebracki by HUMO, Belgian broadsheet magazine, 6 May 2019: Queer Pride Gent: Minder Party, Meer Protest [Queer Pride Ghent: Less Party, More Protest]. Zebracki, informed by his research and scholar activism, explains the term "queer" and its critical uses in contexts of pride with reference to the Queer Pride Gent, co-organised on 11 May 2019. The interview facilitated a wide public debate as part of this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.humo.be/actua/400941/queer-pride-gent-minder-party-meer-protest
 
Description Interview for national radio network (Radio Tok FM) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview of Dr K. Wojnicka with Radio Tok FM, national Polish radio station, about the project case study on the destroyed Tecza ("Rainbow") structure, which informed a national audience about the tensions in society about LGBT identity politics and rights issues
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://audycje.tokfm.pl/podcast/64181,Nieistniejaca-Tecza-na-Pl-Zbawiciela-istnieje-cz-1
 
Description Invited address at Henry Moore Institute 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact At the heart of this invited address lies a concern with the effacing of sexual minority groups. Drawing from insights gained in the multi-site AHRC-funded research project Queer Memorials with case studies based in the USA, the Netherlands and Poland, the focus of this talk is on a salient case of failure: Tecza, Polish for 'rainbow'. The event sparked questions and discussion afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Invited address at International Conference Sculpture Today (#4): Anti-Monument: Non-Traditional Forms of Commemoration, Oronsko, Poland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Invited address at a key conference in the subject area: International Conference Sculpture Today (#4): Anti-Monument: Non-Traditional Forms of Commemoration, Oronsko, Poland, 14-16 November, 2019. Title of address: The Becomings of a "Colourful" Counter-Normative Monument [Tecza: Zawlaszczanie "kolorowego" anty-normatywnego pomnika]. The activity sparked questions and discussion afterwards
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.rzezba-oronsko.pl/EN/index.php?news,1405,sculpture_today_4:_anti_monument:_non_tradition...
 
Description Invited address at Public Art, Sites, and Digital Cultures: Image Streams and the Lives of Artworks [Art public, sites et cultures numériques: flux d'images et vie(s) des œuvres], University of Montreal, Canada 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Invited address at conference Public Art, Sites, and Digital Cultures: Image Streams and the Lives of Artworks [Art public, sites et cultures numériques: flux d'images et vie(s) des œuvres], University of Montreal with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Canada, 29-31 May 2019. Title of talk: Public Art in the Age of Digital Artivism: The Case of Queer Memorialisation. The event sparked questions and discussion afterwards
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://nt2.uqam.ca/en/actualites/colloque-art-public-sites-et-culture-numerique-public-art-sites-and...
 
Description Invited address at the joint invitation of the City of Poznan and the Municipal Gallery Arsenal, Public colloquium, Municipal Gallery Arsenal, Poznan, Poland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Invited address at the joint invitation of the City of Poznan and the Municipal Gallery Arsenal, Public colloquium, Municipal Gallery Arsenal, Poznan, Poland, 26 Nov 2018, Title of talk: Is Public Art Necessary for Cities? Urban Memory and Inclusive Design, including presentation of project case studies (Gay Liberation Monument, Homomonument, Tecza). The event sparked questions and discussion afterwards amongst members of the audience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.arsenal.art.pl/en/events/how-do-cities-need-public-art-urban-memory-and-inclusive-design/
 
Description Invited talk at Queer Activism Today, University of Westminster 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Personal invitation as named speaker to Queer Activism Today, University of Westminster, 3 Mar 2018, Title of talk: Queerly Forgotten, including presentation of the rationale of the research project. The event sparked questions and discussion afterwards
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/queer-activism-today-workshop-tickets-42088982279#
 
Description Panellist at the roundtable Queering Public Space 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Martin Zebracki was an invited panellist at the roundtable Queering Public Space, as part of the Arup Group-funded eponymous project of Pippa Catterall (University of Westminster) and Ammar Azzouz (University of Oxford), 9 Dec 2020. The activity sparked questions and discussion afterwards
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Presentation based on working paper for international research centre (Netherlands Institute in Turkey) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation by Dr. F. Janssens of collaborative working paper Gay Monuments in Queer Times, with PI Dr M. Zebracki and Co-I Professor R. Vanderbeck, to be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. The event sparked questions and discussion amongst members of the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.nit-istanbul.org/event/queer-spaces-memories-and-memorials-in-istanbul-and-amsterdam
 
Description Presentation for LGBT network (Russian-Speaking American LGBT Association) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation by Dr K. Wojnicka about "queer memorials" as concept and historical phenomenon and the LGBTIQ Movement in Poland for RUSA LGBT network (Russian-Speaking American LGBT Association), which sparked questions and discussion afterwards, and the audience expressed increased interest in research on LGBTIQ issues/memorialisation in the Eastern-European context vs. Western hegemonic understandings of LGBTIQ issues
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://rusalgbt.com/2018/04/polish-lgbt-movement-historical-and-political-perspectives/
 
Description Project Colloquium: Queer Memorial Culture: International Critical Perspectives 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This project Colloquium, convened by Principal Investigator Dr M. Zebracki and Co-Investigator Professor R. Vanderbeck, provided a forum for discussion on the theme of queer memorial culture as it relates to critically engaged social research at the nexus of sexual diversity and social inclusivity from international and transcultural perspectives. This is the first Colloquium in connection with the first major international research project of its kind to focus on public memorial sites with non-conformist sexuality content. This event combined keynote panels with smaller, interactive discussions. This format allowed participants to reflect upon the debated issues as they further relate to their own research interests and activities. The Colloquium involved interested academic and non-academic audiences and research users, including actors working across public policy, cultural industry, and LGBT activism. The event especially involved participation from postgraduate and early-career researchers. The event sparked questions and discussion afterwards amongst members of the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://queermemorials.leeds.ac.uk/colloquium
 
Description Reader's letter to De Morgen 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Reader's response: 'Queer' Is Broodnodig ['Queer' Is Indispensable], De Morgen, 18 January 2020. Zebracki, informed by his research and scholar activism, explains the term "queer". This letter facilitated a critical public response to Saskia de Coster who said in this newspaper: "I suggest abolishing the word queer as a superfluity" (in Dutch)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Talk about paper at journal issue's launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Introduction of the essay 'Zebracki M (2021) Coming Out of the "Death of the Monument." In: special issue SORTIR/COME OUT, Espace art actuel no. 127 (winter 2021): 40-45' at Espace's live launch of this special issue on 4 February, 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Talk at The Third Annual Laidlaw Scholars' Conference 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation by T. Kolar, Laidlaw Scholar (student placement), regarding fieldwork about the Homomonument and involvement in the Queer Memorials project. The talk sparked discussion about the lack of queer (art) approached in humanities and social sciences undergraduate programmes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://laidlawscholars.network/users/264938-susanna-kempe/posts/51499-scholars-conference-12th-13th...
 
Description Translational research activity: Proclamation of queer memorial (activist event and public arts intervention) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A joint 'artivist' demonstration co-led by M. Zebracki proclaimed a public sculpture in the city centre of Ghent, Belgium as provisional queer memorial, which was held as immediate, ludic response to a severe local incident of gaybashing. Over more than 200 people attended the event (https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/nl/2018/08/10/200-mensen-betuigen-hun-steun-aan-aangevallen-homokoppel-in-gent/), which sparked questions and discussion afterwards from members of the general public, policymakers/politicians and the local and national press. The event was followed by a meeting at the invitation of the local council, which was dedicated to discussing the need for, and shape of, a potential local queer memorial and, accordingly, influenced public policy and the City's Rainbow Network that sets out policies and actions to improve the lives of LGBT people
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.demorgen.be/binnenland/gentse-lgbt-gemeenschap-claimt-vanavond-fontein-als-eigen-monumen...
 
Description Translational research activity: Queer Pride (co-organisation of city festival and arts activist event) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Translational research activity: Dr M. Zebracki, informed by his research and scholar activism, co-organised the first Queer Pride Gent on 11 May 2019, Ghent, Belgium. This event is rooted in the spirit of inclusivity, acceptation and appreciation of any sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. The event included debates, workshops, a fair, performances, a family day, the further fulfilment of a LGBTQ+ monument by #LHBTMonumntGent (including Zebracki), and a closing party. Zebracki acted as the press spokesperson, provided an opening keynote speech and co-led the debates section. The event attracted a large audience, including a large proportion of the general public, political and policy actors, local and national press, as well as grassroots and specific interest groups. The event sparked wide questions and discussion and audiences reported change in views, opinions and behaviours to celebrate sexual and gender diversity and to promote the inclusion of sexual and gender minorities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://queerpridegent.be