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:-

'Fractured Lives, Dissenting Voices, Recovering Truth'

Freedom of the City, Phil Scraton

June 2016. In scenes reminiscent of The Truman Show a newly-elected US President embarked on world-wide daily pronouncements uninhibited by limitations of 140 characters. Prior to the UK Brexit referendum Nigel Farage presented a ‘breaking-point’ campaign poster depicting a line of desperate refugees, hauntingly close to earlier Nazi-propaganda. Bodies of men, women and children were washed up on north Mediterranean beaches. ‘Post-truth' was introduced into Oxford Dictionaries as ‘word of the year’, describing a politics in which ‘objective facts’ are ‘less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief'. Yet crude ideology as the driver of societal reaction and political intervention is not new. For decades, critical social research has exposed and questioned the foundations of ‘official discourse’ and mainstream ‘knowledge’. It foregrounds alternative accounts in rights discourse, derived and reproduced in people’s daily endurance of inequality and oppression; evident in the realities of disempowered communities fractured by class, ‘race’, sectarianism, gender, sexuality and age. Drawing on his published in-depth research Phil Scraton explores the profound challenges involved in bearing witness to the ‘pain of others’, foregrounding their social, political and economic rights in the processes of investigation and inquiry. A ‘rights deficit’ has been brought into sharp relief by the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire. Recounting personal testimonies ‘from below’, revealing institutionalised deceit and pursuing ‘truth recovery’, this lecture argues that dissenting voices are the foundation of hope, resistance and transformation.

Phil Scraton

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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