Julie Podmore


I am a socio-cultural urban geographer who is primarily interested in how discourses and interpretations of space shape the production and experience of identities at the urban scale. My earliest published research focused on inner-city change and gentrification in Montréal. Maintaining this focus on inner-city change, my doctoral dissertation examined the historical development of Saint-Laurent Blvd. as a space of difference. This project led to a long-term interest in historical geographies and geographies of gender and sexuality. The complex intersections of gender and sexuality in urban space have become my sustained research interest, informing much of my research on Montréal lesbian spaces. My newest research interest is on the urban geographies of queer youth and young adults in Montréal. As part of the FQRSC funded Sexualité, Vulnérabilité and Résilience (SVR) research team at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), I am developing projects on the spaces of socialization and identity for queer and trans young people. I am also a research supporter of the newly created Chaire de recherche sur l’homophobie at UQAM and an active volunteer and board member of the Archives gaies du Québec.


Podmore, Julie A. (forthcoming) From repression to incorporation: LGBT activists and city politics in Montréal, in Manon Tremblay (ed.) Queer Movements and Public Policy: Pan-Canadian Perspectives. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

Podmore, Julie A. (forthcoming) Review of Queerying Planning: Challenging Heteronormative Assumptions and Reframing Planning Practice by Petra L. Doan (ed.). Burlington, VT: Ashgate 279pp. Emotions, Space and Society.

Podmore, Julie A. 2012 (forthcoming) Lesbians as Village queers: The transformation of Montréal’s lesbian nightlife in the 1990s. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 11 (3).

Bryce, Stephen, Buskard, John and Podmore, Julie (2011) Introducing Geography. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Podmore, Julie A. 2006. Gone ‘underground’? Lesbian visibility and the consolidation of queer space in Montréal. Social and Cultural Geography, 7(4): 595-625.

Ayoup, Colleen and Podmore, Julie A. 2002. Making kings, in Donna J. Troka, Katie LeBesco and Jean B. Noble (eds.) The Drag King Anthology. Binghampton, NY: The Haworth Press, 51-74.

Ayoup, Colleen and Podmore, Julie A. 2002. Making kings. Journal of Homosexuality, 43 (3/4): 51-74.

Podmore, Julie A. 2001. Lesbians in the crowd: Gender, sexuality and visibility along Montréal’s Boul. St-Laurent. Gender, Place and Culture, 8 (4): 333-355.

Podmore, Julie A. 2000. Travels in everyday space: Lesbian desire along Montréal’s frontier.  Téoros: Revue de recherche en tourisme, 19(2): 36-40.

Podmore, Julie A. 1998. (Re) reading the 'loft living' habitus in Montréal's inner city. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 22(2): 283-302.


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