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.


Autoethnography, Sense of Place, Identity, Queer, Queer Place Making, Queer Sense of Place, Temporality, Poetic Representation

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Karen Lambert has been teaching teachers to teach for the past fifteen years. Her background and teaching specialities are in health and physical education pedagogies, social theory, youth health issues and health promotion. She engages poststructural feminist and queer theory in her teaching as a result of her research interests in sexual identity, gender, sport, community and place. She is currently writing in these areas as well as sharing her approaches to, and experiences with qualitative research, and the associated theoretical, methodological and representational complexities to emerge from researching places and identities of difference. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: karen.lambert@monash.edu.

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