Teaching Sex Work Studies: Sensitivities and ethics of teaching around gender, violence, and sexuality.

On the 16th July 2018 a symposium for teachers and students on Teaching Sex Work Studies: Sensitivities and ethics of teaching around gender, violence, and sexuality will be taking place.

The keynote speaker is a Professor Clarissa Smith from the University of Sunderland.

The symposium will take place at the University of Leicester's College Court from 10:00 to 15:00.

As this is a closed event with limited spaces please contact Teela Sanders ( for a place.

Students are more than welcome to attend.

"Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys" Book launch

Please join us in launching Dr Lucy Neville's new book entitled Girls who like boys who like boys on the 16th July 2018 at College Court from 17:00.

LN, girls who like boys who like boys

This book is the culmination of a 5-year long project looking at women who produce and consume m/m erotica – from slashfic, to erotic texts, to visual pornography. While some meet the existence of women enjoying m/m sexually explicit media with surprise, there is growing acceptance that it is perhaps not quite as uncommon as first thought. At the Edinburgh Literary Festival in August 2014, Game of Thrones author G. R. R. Martin stated that he had received numerous letters from fans asking for more explicit gay male sex scenes in his novels (and the associated television series), and that ‘most of the[se] letters come from women’. The idea that women might be interested in watching men have sex with each other is certainly not new within popular discourses - there was much discussion of this issue after the success of Brokeback Mountain with female audiences, and recent analyses of billions of hits to PornHub (one of the largest online porn sites in the world) showed that, for the past two years running, gay male porn has been the second most popular choice for women porn viewers, with women accounting for 37% of its m/m porn viewers (PornHub, 2014, 2015). This book explores the reasons women have for liking m/m, as well as how their use of m/m erotic media fits in with their consumption more generally. In addition, it looks at how women’s use of this kind of media fits in with their perceptions of gender and sexuality. By drawing on a piece of wide-scale mixed methods research that examines these motivations, an original and important volume is presented that serves to explore and contribute to this under-researched area.

The event will also include a panel discussion with contributions from:

Professor Clarissa Smith – Professor of Sexual Cultures at the University of Sunderland, co-founder of the journal Porn Studies, and author of One for the Girls: The practices and pleasures of porn for women (Intellect, 2007)

Professor Feona Attwood – Professor in Cultural Studies, Communication, and Media at Middlesex University, co-founder of the journal Porn Studies, and author of Sex Media (Polity, 2017)

Professor John Mercer – Professor of Gender and Sexuality at Birmingham City University and author of Gay pornography: Representations of sexuality and masculinity (I.B. Taurus, 2017)

To obtain tickets please click here.

We are pleased to announce that Phil Scraton, Professor Emeritus from Queens Belfast University will be our Keynote speaker at this year's Scarman Lecture. His talk is entitled:-


Researching Truth, Delivering Justice in the Aftermath of the Hillsborough Disaster.

Freedom of the City, Phil Scraton

Phil Scraton

This presentation reflects primary, documentary and observational research conducted over three decades into the context, circumstances and aftermath of the Hillsborough Disaster. On 15 April 1989 ninety-six men, women and children lost their lives at an FA Cup Semi-Final football match in Sheffield. Hundreds more were seriously injured, thousands traumatised and many have died prematurely as a direct consequence. The investigations, inquests, appeals and reviews that followed failed the bereaved and the survivors. Their sustained but lonely campaign led eventually to the unprecedented Hillsborough Independent Panel (2010-2012) and its ground breaking report, providing the foundation for criminal and Independent Police Complaints Commission investigations, the quashing of the ‘accidental death’ verdicts and new inquests. Concluding the longest inquests in legal history in April 2016, the jury’s verdict was ‘unlawful killing’. It levelled severe criticisms against those in authority, the majority against the police, and that fans’ behaviour had not contributed to the deaths. The presentation raises profound concerns regarding the potential of long-term, critical social research within an academic work inhibited by financial, political and ‘ethical’ constraints. It demonstrates the political, ethical and personal challenges involved in bearing witness to the ‘pain of others’; and how structural relations of power, authority and legitimacy contextualise daily life, social interaction and individual opportunity. Focusing on the ‘view from below’, hearing testimonies from the margins, revealing institutionalised deceit and pursuing ‘truth recovery’, the presentation argues that critical social research is transformative. It addresses ‘personal troubles’ as ‘public issues’, seeking alternative accounts to secure ‘truth’ and acknowledgement.

Phil Scraton Hillsborough Panel

Phil Scraton PhD, DLaws (Hon), is Emeritus Professor in the School of Law, Queen’s University, Belfast. Recently Lowenstein Fellow at Amherst College, Massachusetts, USA and Visiting Professor at the Universities of Auckland, Monash, New South Wales and Sydney. His research includes: controversial deaths and the state; rights of the bereaved and survivors following disasters; the politics of incarceration. Widely published, recent books include: Power, Conflict and CriminalisationThe Violence of IncarcerationThe Incarceration of Women; Hillsborough: The TruthWomen’s Imprisonment and the Case for Abolition. He has written major reports for the NI Human Rights Commission and the NI Children’s Commissioner. Director of The Hillsborough Project 1989-95 he was principal author of Hillsborough and After: The Liverpool Experience and No Last Rights: The Promotion of Myth and the Denial of Justice in the Aftermath of the Hillsborough Disaster. He led Hillsborough Independent Panel’s research team and was lead author of its ground-breaking 2013 Report, Hillsborough. Adviser to the families’ legal teams throughout the inquests, the new edition of Hillsborough: The Truth was published in 2016. Awarded Freedom of the City of Liverpool and honorary DLaws by its university, his alma mater. Factual consultant on and contributor to the 2017 BAFTA winning documentary Hillsborough. He has been awarded a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship to research the unique work of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, the conduct of new inquests and the forthcoming legal proceedings. Castaway on Desert Island Discs in 2017, he has been commissioned to lead a month-long international research symposium on deaths in controversial circumstances hosted by the University of Sydney.

This event will be taking place on the 26th September 2018 from 17:00. Click here to register.


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