Our keynote and plenary speakers and respondents are:
Kath Albury is a senior lecturer at the Journalism and Media Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. She has been a member of the New South Wales Health Ministerial Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS and STIs, Health Promotion Sub Committee since 2004. Kath was Research Coordinator and co-facilitator on the Australian National Rugby League’s ‘Playing By the Rules’ education project, and is currently is an adviser to the National Rugby League’s Education and Welfare Committee. She is a co-author of The Porn Report (with Alan McKee and Catharine Lumby, 2008).
Anna Arrowsmith is Britain’s first female porn director (as Anna Span) and ex Lib Dem candidate for Gravesham. She is currently studying a PhD in Gender Studies at the University of Sussex.
Feona Attwood is Professor of Sex, Communication and Culture at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Her research interests include onscenity, sexual cultures, and new technologies, identity and the body. Her work also focuses on the ways in which sexual practices and representations are caught up in wider expressions of anxieties and controversies around bodies, media and technologies. Her publications include Mainstreaming Sex: The Sexualization of Western Culture (2009) and porn.com: Making Sense of Online Pornography (2010).
Martin Barker is Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Aberystwyth. His research focuses on film audiences and he is the founder and co-editor (with Sue Turnbull) of the audience studies journal, Participations. His work has addressed comics, censorship, the control of culture, and ‘figures of the audience’ within public and policy debates. His publications include The Video Nasties: Freedom and Censorship in the Arts (1984), (with Julian Petley) Ill Effects: the Media-Violence Debate (1997, 2001), (with Jane Arthurs and Ramaswami Harindranath) The Crash Controversy: Censorship Campaigns and Film Reception (2001), and (with Kate Egan, Ernest Mathijs, Jamie Sexton, Russ Hunter, and Melanie Selfe), ‘Audiences and Receptions for Sexual Violence in Contemporary Cinema: a Report to the British Board of Film Classification’ (2007). His latest book is A Toxic Genre: The Iraq War Films (2011).
Meg Barker is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the Open University, specializing in counselling and psychotherapy. Meg also works as a therapist, co-edits the journal Psychology & Sexuality, and has published several books and papers on aspects of sex, sexuality and relationships.
Jerry Barnett runs a British adult streaming video business and is a civil liberties campaigner. He is chair of AITA (the UK’s Adult Industry Trade Association) and a member of the Policy Council of the US-based adult industry body, IFFOR (International Foundation For Online Responsibility). He is also, when time allows, a photographer, with a particular interest in sub-Saharan Africa.
Judith Jack Halberstam is Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity and Gender Studies at University of Southern California. Halberstam works in the areas of popular, visual and queer culture with an emphasis on subcultures, and her books include Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (1995), Female Masculinity (1998), and In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives (2005). Halberstam was also the co-author with Del LaGrace Volcano of a photo/essay book, The Drag King Book (1999), and with Ira Livingston of an anthology, Posthuman Bodies (1995). Halberstam regularly speaks on queer culture, gender studies and popular culture and writes at bullybloggers.com. Halberstam’s latest book is The Queer Art of Failure (2011).
Katrien Jacobs is a scholar, curator and artist in the field of new media and sexuality and works as associate professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong. She was the co-organizer of the Amsterdam netporn conferences in 2005 and 2007 in conjunction with the Institute of Network Cultures. Her publications include Libi_doc: Journeys in the Performance of Sex Art (2005), (with Marije Janssen and Matteo Pasquinelli) C’lick Me: A Netporn Studies Reader (2007), and Netporn: DIY Web Culture and Sexual Politics (2007). Her research focuses on the role of digital networks in people’s experiences with the body, art, and sexuality: pornography, censorship and media activism in Hong Kong and global media environments, and the impact of Japanese animation on South East Asian youth cultures and social networks. Her latest book is People’s Pornography: Sex and Surveillance on the Chinese Internet (2011).
Sharif Mowlabocus is Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Sussex, UK. His research interests lie in the intersection between queer studies and digimedia studies. Since 1999 his research and study has focused on LGBTQ identities and practices, with a particular emphasis on their representation within mainstream and queer media. He is the author of Gaydar Culture: Gay Men, Technology and Embodiment in the Digital Age (2010).
Susanna Paasonen is Professor of Media Studies at the University of Turku, Finland. With an interest in Internet research, studies of pornography and theories of affect, she is most recently the author of Carnal Resonance: Affect and Online Pornography (2011), and co-editor of Working with Affect in Feminist Readings (2010) and Pornification: Sex and Sexuality in Media Culture (2007). Susanna is currently launching a new research project on memory work/oral history, archives and pornography.
Fiona Patten is the founder and leader of the Australian Sex Party (sexparty.org.au) which is a registered political party in Australia. It came fourth on averages at the last federal Senate election after the three major parties. She is also CEO of the Eros Association (eros.org.au), Australia’s adult retail and entertainment association. She has published in a number of books including Sex in Public: Australian Sexual Cultures (1997) and Porn 101 (1999). She has over twenty years experience of working with the Australian and international adult industry and has pioneered many lively and challenging debates about sex and politics. In the government sector she has frequently driven these issues to Ministerial level and has worked with the CEOs of many NGOs and international groups on issues such as discrimination, HIV/AIDS and sexual disability.
Julian Petley is Professor of Film and Television at Brunel University, UK. His interests span the cinema, television and the press, with a particular emphasis on policy, regulation and freedom of expression. His publications include A Beginner’s Guide to Censorship (2009), The Censorious Press (2009), and Film and Video Censorship in Modern Britain (2011). He was Chair of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom and actively involved in the debates around the 2003 Communications Act. He is principal editor of the Journal of British Cinema and Television.
Clarissa Smith is Reader in Sexual Cultures at the University of Sunderland, UK. Her research focuses on sexual media and in particular pornographies: their institutional contexts and practices, representational strategies, consumption and meanings. Her publications include One for the Girls! The Pleasures and Practices of Pornography for Women (2007), (with Michael Higgins and John Storey) Cambridge Companion to Contemporary British Culture (2010), and (with Niall Richardson and Angela Werndly) Studies in Sexualities: Theories, Representations, Practices (forthcoming).