Sex and the Cinema – A Film Studies journal conference
10-11 December 2016
University of Kent
From the extremes of Disney canoodling at one end of the spectrum to pornography at the other, sex has always had a central role in moving images. This role has never been confined to representations in individual scenes, but has taken shape in every industrial and cultural aspect of their production, dissemination and consumption, from the Hollywood casting couch and red-light-district alleyways, to parked cars at drive-ins and the YouPorn user’s bedroom. So too has sex held a key position in film scholarship, aesthetics and the cognate disciplines that appraise moving images and their function in society. In recent years, this presence has only grown, in the form of key individual publications as well as burgeoning subfields (e.g., porn studies) and objects of inquiry (e.g., grindhouse programming).
As a substantial intervention into this ongoing research, the Aesthetics Research Centre, the Centre for Film and Media Research, and the journal Film Studies will stage a major international conference at the University of Kent in Canterbury (UK), to be held 10-11 December 2016.
Confirmed keynote speakers:
- Prof. Daniel Biltereyst
- Prof. A.W Eaton
- Prof. Jon Lewis
- Jennifer Lyon Bell
The programme, which includes nearly 50 academics from the UK, Europe and beyond, is available here.