Feona's research is in the area of sex in contemporary culture; and in particular, sexual cultures; new technologies, identity and the body; and controversial media. Her recent publications have focused on online sexual cultures, aesthetics, sex and the media, and public engagement. She is writing a book,Sex Media and Technologyand working on a special issue ofInternational Journal of Cultural Studieson 'Rethinking Makeover Culture'. She is the co-editor ofSexualitiesjournal and founding co-editor of the journal Porn Studies.
Feona has received grants from the AHRC, JISC, British Academy, Wellcome Trust, and ESRC. She has organized a number of events as part of the Onscenity research network which she co-ordinates, including an international conference,Sexual Cultures, in 2012. She is a member of the AHRC Peer Review Committee.
Feona is working on a number of research projects including an AHRC Fellowship project on the sexualization debates, a large-scale study of porn audiences, and a small-scale study of young people and 'sexting'. She was Program Chair of the Association of Internet Researchers' Conference,Technologies, at the University of Salford in 2012. She co-ordinates a seminar group on public engagement and sexualization for the Wellcome Trust and is working with a group, 'Sense about Sex', to develop this work further. Her website is http://www.feonaattwood.com/
(2012) (with Vincent Campbell, I.Q. Hunter & Sharon Lockyer) Controversial Images: Media Representations on the Edge.
(2011) (with Clarissa Smith) Sex Education special issue: 'Investigating Young People's Sexual Cultures'
(2010) porn.com: Making Sense of Online Pornography.
(2009) Mainstreaming Sex: The Sexualization of Culture.
(2009) (with Sharon Lockyer) Popular Communication special issue: 'Controversial Images'
(2009) (with I.Q. Hunter) Sexualities special issue: 'Researching and Teaching Sexually Explicit Media'
sex in contemporary society
technology, identity and the body
pornographies and other sex media
sexual cultures and communities
Smith, Clarissa and Attwood, Feona (2014) Anti/pro/critical porn studies. Porn Studies, 1 (1-2). pp. 7-23. ISSN 2326-8743
Attwood, Feona and Smith, Clarissa (2014) Porn Studies: an introduction. Porn Studies, 1 (1-2). pp. 1-6. ISSN 2326-8743
Attwood, Feona (2009) Intimate adventures: sex blogs, sex 'blooks' and women's sexual narration. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 12 (1). pp. 5-20. ISSN 1367-5494
Attwood, Feona (2012) Art school sluts: art, porn and aesthetics. In: Hard to swallow: reading pornography on screen. Hines, Claire and Kerr, Darren , eds. Columbia University Press. ISBN 9780231162135
Attwood, Feona (2010) Younger, paler, decidedly less straight: the new porn professionals. In: Porn.com: making sense of online pornography. Attwood, Feona , ed. Digital Formations (48). Peter Lang, New York, pp. 88-106. ISBN 9781433102073