'Performing Sexual Liberation: The Body and the Medical Authority of Pornography'

Series Name Centre for Medical Humanities
Type Conference
When 24 Oct 2014
Venue College Court
Open To Public
Ticket Price £7
For Bookings Contact Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans on hbe1@le.ac.uk

The 21st century has witnessed a growth in academic interest in what has come to be understood as the pornographication of culture.

The purpose of this conference is to gather a group of scholars together whose approach provides a critical counter point to the current academic trend to analyse pornography as sexually liberating for women (and men).

The conference addresses whether pornography, as an emblem of sexual freedom in a democratic society, needs rethinking. It aims to do so through analysing the complex inter-relation of pornography with branches of medicine (for example, sexology and psycho-therapy, and the pharmaceutical industry that helps support these latter) which afford pornography considerable legitimacy and even authority with regard to sexuality. The conference provides the opportunity to explore the relationship between pornography and medicine within the context of larger social structures and neo-liberal government.

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