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Inaugural lecture: Professor Feona Attwood

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START DATE 13 November 2013
START TIME 12:00am

H116, Hatchcroft, Hendon campus

END DATE 13 November 2013
END TIME 12:00am

The Professor in Cultural Studies, Communication & Media delivers her inaugural lecture.

The Professor of Cultural Studies, Communication and Media delivers her inaugural lecture: 'Still not safe for work? Developing the study of pornography'.

Academic journals don’t usually grab popular media attention. However the press release announcing the new journal Professor Attwood is co-editing, Porn Studies, attracted a great deal of interest across the media earlier this year.

While the news generated many positive responses, others suggested that the study of sexually explicit media remains a pointless, comical or distasteful task. The establishment of the journal also met with some resistance, most clearly in the form of a petition set up by the anti-pornography campaign group, Stop Porn Culture.

The petition called for the publisher, Taylor and Francis, to change the composition of the editorial board, or to change the journal’s name and create another journal which might be called Critical Porn Studies.

In this talk Professor Attwood will consider what porn studies is and why it might be worth developing. She examine what responses to porn studies tell us about the place of sexually explicit media in our culture and in academic debate. What do they tell us about the significance and role of critical Cultural Studies in public discussions of the media? What contribution can academic work make to these discussions?


Professor Feona Attwood is Professor of Cultural Studies, Communication and Media at Middlesex University, and was previously Professor of Sex, Communication and Culture at Sheffield Hallam University.

Her research focuses on the experience and significance of sex in contemporary culture; and in particular on obscenity and onscenity; sexual cultures; new technologies, identity and the body; and controversial media.

She set up the international research network, Onscenity, in 2010 and has recently completed an AHRC fellowship on the public debates about the sexualization of culture.

She is the editor of Mainstreaming Sex: The Sexualization of Western Culture (2009), Making Sense of Online Pornography (2010), and (with Vincent Campbell, I.Q. Hunter and Sharon Lockyer) Controversial Images: Media Representations on the Edge (2013).

Her current projects focus on sexuality studies and public engagement, and pornographies and their audiences. She co-edits the sociological journal, Sexualities and is the co-founder and editor of Porn Studies journal.

Event Schedule:

5pm- 5:30pm Reception drinks - Mezzanine outside H116, Hatchcroft

5:30pm - 6:30pm Introduction from Professor Waqar Ahmad, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic followed by the Inaugural Professorial Lecture by Feona Attwood - H116, Hatchcroft

6:30pm - 7:30pm Buffet and drinks, Atrium, 1st floor, Grove

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