Folding time, places that linger and other “queer” modes of representing sense of place

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The notion that place and identity are mutually constitutive suggests that attachments to place forge attachments to self that linger over time. In order to consider the ways in which sexual identities and places influence the development of a “queer sense of place” over time I returned to an autoethnographical experience from 2002 to write about it in 2015. Then something unusual happened - time showed itself and folded to reveal the lingering affect of place, loss and identity. By drawing upon insights from then (2002) and now (2015), with sense making in between, I create an assemblage of moments crafted poetically as a conversation between myself from then and myself of now. By doing so I seek to represent the folding entanglement of conversations we regularly re-turn to make ongoing sense of our lives and highlight the brief moments of loss, sense making, and agency that emerge.

Original languageEnglish
Article number10
Pages (from-to)1330-1351
Number of pages22
JournalThe Qualitative Report
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2017


  • Autoethnography
  • Identity
  • Poetic representation
  • Queer
  • Queer place making
  • Queer sense of place
  • Sense of place
  • Temporality

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