This is the Conference News Page which, in case its not instantly obvious, is here to carry news to delegates of what is going on at and through this weekend’s Onscenity Conference.
The primary aim of this page is to provide enough details from each of the presentations happening across the weekend to enable delegates to identify what they would like to know more about. Its headline stuff, so if you need the details, please, please make sure you get in touch – preferably with the authors of individual papers directly. Continue reading
Susanna Paasonen, Professor of Media Studies at the University of Turku, Finland
Much is lost between the translation of real porn activity, which is located in a range of sensual modalities (touch, taste, smell, etc.) and reduced to one: the visual. Susanna is interested in how porn works and how it produces its effects in the end-user. Continue reading
Sharif Mowlabocus, Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Sussex
All members of society, according to Pat Califia are meant to possess all the legitimate pleasures that are there to keep people happy – with the private world of sex happening in the appropriate private place.
However, prior to the legalisation of homosexuality in 1967, gay men had no legitimate place in which to seek pleasure – and were forced to do so in dedicated commercial and often semi-legal – and public – locations. In space terms, therefore, gay sex has often been associated with public places – and understanding the impact of changes to the geography of those spaces (from changes to public lighting to the situation of street furniture) is key to understanding interaction. Continue reading
If anyone is going anywhere this afternoon leaving the conference and able to offer lifts anywhere, plese add to comments here.
Vice-versa, if anyone is able to offer lifts, please say. I suspect i will be able to offer a couple of seats in a car towards central london (but not all the way) or at least as far s Uxbridge tube at the end of today. let me know if that would be useful for anyone.
Katrien Jacobs, scholar, curator and artist in the field of new media and sexuality
Looking at sex work opened up a dialogue for Katrien around the nature of academic work in this area. It is difficult for the researcher to (pretend to) be disconnected from the subject matter under review.
by Johannes Grenzfurthner
(a write-up of Johannes presentation to Session 12, Performing Sex)