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Network members: 125

dr peter alilunas, university of oregon, us

Peter Alilunas is an Associate Professor of Cinema Studies at the University of Oregon. He is an adult film historian with an interest in technology and regulation. He is the author of Smutty Little Movies: The Creation and Regulation of Adult Video (2016) and the founder and co-director of the Adult Film History Project. He is currently working on a new book tentatively titled “Porn 1.0” about the pre-history of online pornography.

Brandon Arroyo, Concordia University, Canada / @brandrroyo

Brandon Arroyo is a PhD candidate in film and moving image studies at Concordia University. His dissertation is an affective analysis of contemporary gay male pornography focusing on confession, transmedia identity construction, and the dynamics of space and place. He has been published in the Porn Studies Journal, Textual Overtures and MediaCommons. He created and hosts the Porno Cultures Podcast, featuring interviews with academics about their work in pornography studies. He is co-editing an anthology with Thomas Waugh about sexual confession in the arts over the last 25 years. 

#affecttheory #newmedia #queertheory #identityformation #modernism


Katie is currently finishing her doctoral project in the English department at King’s College London. Her work investigates how obscenity and queerness have been constituted, collapsed together, and criminalised through the early works of William S. Burroughs and John Waters. She has previously been awarded a MSc in Comparative Media Studies from MIT and a MA in English and Politics from the University of Glasgow.

Anirban Baishya, University of Southern California, US / @anirbanbaishya

Anirban Baishya is a PhD candidate and Annenberg Fellow in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California. His research interests include digital media, surveillance, pornography and cellphone cultures. His dissertation examines selfies and the rise of digital selfhood in contemporary India. His work has been published in South Asian Popular Culture, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies and International Journal of Communication. He is co-editing a special issue titled “South Asian Pornographies: Vernacular Formations of Permissible and the Obscene” for Porn Studies.

#southasia #digitalmedia #pornstudies #surveillance

Dr Colette Balmain, Kingston University, UK / @colettebalmain

Colette Balmain is a specialist in Asian cinemas and cultures, particularly East Asia. She is currently writing a book on East Asian Gothic Cinema and the second edition of An Introduction to Japanese Horror Film. Colette is interested in how gender, race and sexuality are represented in horror and gothic cinemas

#asiancinema #videogames #transnationalmedia #pornography

Dr Meg-John Barker, The Open University / @megjohnbarker

Dr Meg-John Barker is a writer, therapist, and activist-academic specialising in sex, gender and relationships. Meg-John is a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University and a UKCP accredited psychotherapist, and has over a decade of experience researching and publishing on these topics including the popular books Rewriting the Rules, The Secrets of Enduring Love, Queer: A Graphic History, and Enjoy Sex. Website:

#sexadvice #selfhelp #kink #queer #polyamory #bisexuality #nonbinarygender

Dr Katie Barnett, University of CHESTER, UK / @katiesmallg

Katie Barnett is a Programme Leader for Film and Media at the University of Chester, UK. Her research focuses broadly on representations of the family within Hollywood cinema, with particular interest in examining fatherhood and masculinity through the queer theoretical standpoint of reproductive futurism.

#Hollywood #gender #masculinity #queertheory #fatherhood #siblings

Dr Chloe Benson, Federation University Australia / @BensonChloe_

Chloe Benson is a lecturer in Film and Media Studies at Federation University Australia. Her recently completed doctoral thesis unites her interest in film, media, and sexuality studies by examining the complex interplay between marketing texts and representations of bisexuality in contemporary cinema.

#bisexuality #queercinema #filmfestivals #paratextuality #filmpromotion

DR Ruth Beresford, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Ruth Beresford is a research associate at Sheffield Hallam University. She specialises in the sociological study of pornography, sex and sexualities, and qualitative research methodologies. Her doctoral research explored women’s experiences of pornography with a particular interest in how new methods of knowledge production can be developed for researching the field. She draws on feminist and participatory research methods in her work.

#porn #feminism #participatoryresearch #experientialexpertise

Dr Heather Berg, University of Southern California, US / @Heather__Berg

Heather Berg is a lecturer in Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. She writes about labour in the porn industry, with a focus on precarity, worker resistance and policy. Her recent work appears in the journals Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society and Porn Studies.

#labour #sexwork #organising #policy


Susan Berridge, PhD, is a feminist television scholar, who lectures in Film and Media at the University of Stirling, Scotland. Her research focuses on gender inequalities on- and off-screen in the media industries and she has published on these themes in journals such as Feminist Media Studies, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Journal of British Cinema and Television and in edited collections. She is currently working on a funded research project on intimacy coordination in contemporary UK television with Dr Tanya Horeck, and serves on the editorial board of Feminist Media Studies.


Angelos Bollas is a doctoral researcher in sexuality and culture. His thesis examines representations of HIV/AIDS suffering in contemporary television productions. He is also interested in queer masculinity studies, cultural and sociological examinations of the process of Othering, as well as media representations of matters related to sex and sexuality.

#masculinitystudies #queermasculinities #sexuality #queerstudies #culture #queertv

Dr Clara Bradbury-Rance, King’s College London, UK / @CBradburyRance

Clara Bradbury-Rance is an Early Career Development Fellow in Liberal Arts at King’s College London. Her first book, Lesbian Cinema after Queer Theory, will be published with Edinburgh University Press in March 2019. Clara’s research interests largely focus on the intersectional study of sexuality and gender in film and popular culture, with an increasing focus on new media and politics. She teaches queer and feminist theory, popular culture, film and digital culture.

#queertheory #feministtheory

Lydia Brammer, university of warwick, uk

Lydia Brammer is currently a part-time PhD student at the University of Warwick. Having studied Film and Japanese Studies at Oxford Brookes University (2006-2010), followed by a Master’s degree in Film Studies at the same institution, Lydia decided to pursue her interests in Japanese cinema at PhD-level.  Lydia’s research is highly interdisciplinary and her thesis combines elements of Film Studies, Women’s Studies, and Japanese Studies, with a specific focus on her main interest of women and female sexuality in post-war cinema. As well as undertaking a PhD, Lydia has been working in academic publishing for almost seven years and is currently a Market Intelligence Analyst at Frontiers.

#japanesecinema #postwar #women #sexuality #culture #history

Dr Alice Haylett Bryan, King’s College London, UK / @alicehbryan

Alice Haylett Bryan received her PhD in Film Studies from King’s College London in 2017, where she submitted a thesis on womb phantasies in horror and extreme cinema. Her recent publications include ‘“I Only Like Seeing Myself in Small Bits”: Catherine Breillat’s Reflections of the Female Body’, Cine-Excess 2 (2016), and ‘Surgery, Blood and Patriarchal Sex: Excision and American Mary’ in Transgression in Anglo-American cinema: Gender, Sex and the Deviant Body, edited by Joel Robert Gwynne (2016). She currently teaches Film Studies at King’s College London, and is researching the reaction to the rise of the far right in twenty-first century American and European horror cinema.

#horror #psychoanalysis #feminism #extremecinema

Serian Carlyle, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY, UK / @Snecarlyle

Serian is currently studying for her Masters in European, Latin American and Comparative Literature and Culture at Cambridge. She previously read Russian Studies at UCL, where she wrote on pregnancy in Russian and Soviet cinema, as well as the depiction of sex work in post-Soviet Russian film. She is interested in the intersection between sexuality, health and nationalism in film, and the ways that bodies are used to explore national anxieties. She has co-authored a chapter on the depiction of abortion in Soviet cinema with Dr Rachel Morley (UCL SSEES), forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan.

Dr oliver carter, birmingham city university, UK

Dr. Oliver Carter is a Reader in Creative Economies at the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, Birmingham City University. His research focuses on alternative economies of cultural production; forms of creative enterprise and industry that bridge the borders of legality and illegality. He is the author of the monograph Making European Cult Cinema: Fan Enterprise in an Alternative Economy, published in 2018 by Amsterdam University Press. He is currently working on his latest book, which investigates the cultural and economic development of the British hardcore pornography business. Oliver has also produced a series of documentaries about the British porn business, including Sexposed (Simon Fletcher 2018) and Hardcore Guaranteed: The Mike Freeman Story (2019), which were distributed by Amazon Video. You can out more about Oliver’s work by visiting


Julia Chan is a mixed-race settler, writer, artist, and academic living in Tkaronto/Toronto. She holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from Queen’s University. Her work has appeared in the journal Porn Studies and is forthcoming in the edited collection Screening #MeToo: Rape Culture in Hollywood, edited by Lisa Funnell and Ralph Beliveau (SUNY Press). Recently, she was a Mitacs Postdoctoral Visitor in Cinema and Media Arts at York University and the Managing Editor of PUBLIC: Art | Culture | Ideas. Currently, she is a board member of the Surveillance Studies Network and the inaugural Postdoctoral Fellow at Carleton University’s Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her research interests include surveillance, visual culture, critical race and critical whiteness, gender, culture and technology, visual criminology, film, and popular culture.

Hayley louise charlesworth, manchester metropolitan university, uk / @fatherbananas

Hayley Louise Charlesworth is a PhD candidate at Manchester Metropolitan University, as part of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies. Her research examines representations of bisexuality, biphobia and bi-erasure in post-millennial gothic television from the UK, USA and Canada. She has delivered conference papers on contemporary representations of bisexuality and homosociality in film and television.

Dr David Church, Northern Arizona University, US

David Church is a Lecturer in Cinema Studies at Northern Arizona University, and specialises in genre studies (especially horror, exploitation and adult films), taste cultures, gender/sexuality studies and histories of film exhibition/distribution. He is the author of Disposable Passions: Vintage Pornography and the Material Legacies of Adult Cinema (2016); Grindhouse Nostalgia: Memory, Home Video, and Exploitation Film Fandom (2015) and is currently writing a monograph on queerness and pastness in post-ironic genre cinema.

#genre #exploitationcinema #adultfilmhistory #pornography #filmexhibition #homevideo #culturalmemory #fandom #queerstudies #tastepolitics

dr jamie coates, university of sheffield, uk / @coates_Jamie

Jamie Coates received his PhD in Anthropology from the Australian National University. He researches how media and migration in the Sino-Japanese context are reshaping young Chinese identities. 

#media #mobility #affect #imagination #play #gender #sexuality #China #Japan #EastAsia

dr samantha colling, Manchester Metropolitan University, uk / @samicolling

Samantha Colling is a Lecturer in Film and Media at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her book The Aesthetic Pleasures of Girl Teen Film (2017) explores new ways of thinking about pleasure and fun in relation to film, with a particular focus on millennial girl teen films and the kinds of affects that they are designed to create. She is currently working on a research project that explores sex in reality television in the UK.

PROFESSOR Lynn Comella, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, US / @LynnComella

Lynn Comella, Ph.D. is Professor of gender and sexuality studies in the department of interdisciplinary, gender, and ethnic studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. An expert on the adult entertainment industry, her research explores a number of broad sociological themes, including the relationship between sexual politics and consumer culture. She is the author of Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure (2017) and co-editor of New Views on Pornography: Sexuality, Politics, and the Law (2015).

#gender #sexuality #consumption #entrepreneurship #pornographystudies


Grade is a PhD candidate at Cambridge, working on typography and the book as object in Perec, Sollers, Roche and Roubaud. She is interested in visual arts and cultures as they enter into dialogue with queer theory, as well as theories of finitude within language.

LILlIAN Crawford, university of cambridge, uk / @lillcrawf

Lillian is a film and culture writer and film historian specialising in the representation of female identity in Britain during the 1940s and 1950s. Her principal interest is in cinema, with both an academic and a critical eye. She has written and edited articles on film and television for the University of Cambridge student newspaper, Varsity, and is a regular contributor to Little White Lies magazine. She has also written academic essays on Chantal Akerman’s representations of Sylvia Plath, waitressing in film, Ealing Studios, bodily transition in Girl, and ballet in the films of Powell and Pressburger.

Cristiane De Melo, Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil / @crismddn

Cristiane de Melo is a Ph.D. Candidate for the Graduate Program in Sociology at the Federal University of São Carlos/Brazil. Her research is supported by the São Paulo Research Foundation, FAPESP. The topics of her current interest revolve around the platforming of sex work; studies of gender and sexualities; queer studies; digital media; representations and visibilities.

Nicholas de Villiers, University of North Florida, US

Nicholas de Villiers is Professor of English and Film at the University of North Florida and author of Sexography: Sex Work in Documentary (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) along with essays on sex and cinema in Jump Cut and the edited collections I Confess!: Constructing the Sexual Self in the Internet Age (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019) and The Routledge Handbook of Male Sex Work, Culture, and Society (2021).

Dr Marc Démont, University of South Carolina, US

Marc received his PhD in comparative literature at the University of South Carolina where his dissertation focused on queer theory and French contemporary philosophy. He is currently working on two different projects. The first one is a study of the horror genre and more particularly the New French Extremity cinema, and the second one develops a queer psychoanalysis of touch.

#psychoanalysis #queertheory #contemporaryFrenchphilosophy

Professor Lisa Downing, University of Birmingham, UK / @ProfLisaDowning

Lisa Downing is an author and academic, who is currently Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality at the University of Birmingham. She is the author of Desiring the Dead: Necrophilia and Nineteenth-century French Literature (2005), The Cambridge Introduction to Michel Foucault (2008) and The Subject of Murder: Gender, Exceptionality, and the Modern Killer (2013) and co-author of Film and Ethics: Foreclosed Encounters (2009)Her most recently published book is Fuckology: Critical Essays on John Money’s Diagnostic Concepts (co-authored with Iain Morland and Nikki Sullivan). She is now working on a new book tentatively entitled Selfish Women. In addition to publishing academic research, Lisa writes opinion pieces for magazines and newspapers including, most recently, the Times Higher Education. She has occasionally been known to write fiction, and she blogs when time permits at Sex Critical

#sexuality #perversion #socialpower #gender #sexology

Dr Darren Elliott-Smith, University of Hertfordshire, UK / @delliott_smith

Darren Elliott-Smith is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television at the University of Hertfordshire. His research to date is focused on representations of queerness, gender and the body in horror film and television and extends to experimental, cult and trash in the moving image. He has published articles for SCOPE: An Online Journal of Film and Television Studies, contributed to edited book collections for Palgrave Macmillan, ECW Press and IB Tauris. He has contributed to numerous international conferences, workshops and symposia dedicated to horror, cult and LGBTQ film and television. His monograph Queer Horror Film and Television: Masculinity and Sexuality at the Margins is published by IB Tauris (2016).

#film #sexuality #gender #psychoanalysis #horror #gothic #adaptation #cult #experimentalfilm #curation #programming #videographicfilmstudies

Desirae Embree, Texas A&M University, UK / @desembree

Desirae Embree is a PhD candidate in English at Texas A&M University. Her dissertation research is on lesbian-produced pornographic texts in the late 20th century, with a focus on this ‘dyke porn’ movement’s relationship to larger structural trends in both pornographic media production and lesbian history. She was previously Associate Film Editor for the pop culture web magazine PopMatters, and she continues to publish on lesbian culture and representation in both academic and popular venues.


Jacob Engelberg is a doctoral researcher in Film Studies at King’s College London. His thesis traces and theorises figurations of bisexual transgression in different cinematic contexts between the 1970s and the 1990s. Jacob has published work in the Journal of Bisexuality and Porn Studies, where he will be editing a forthcoming special issue on bisexuality and porn film. He will also have chapters appearing in the edited collections: Screening Adult Cinema (Routledge) and Screening Sex: The Sex Scene (Edinburgh UP). Jacob is on the advisory board for Routledge’s Screening Cinema series, and a researcher with the Bisexual Research Group

Dan Erdman, Media Burn Archive, US / @Midnight_Choker

I am an archivist, specialising in film, video and digital moving images. Over the last few years, I’ve worked at Chicago Film Archives, The American Genre Film Archive, The New Museum and Boo-Hooray. I’m now the video archivist at Media Burn Archive. I’ve also written reviews, essays and festival reports for a number of different outlets, scholarly and otherwise. I am now finishing my first book, Let’s Go Stag: A History of Pornography on Film, for Bloomsbury.

#amateurcinema #homemovies #industrialfilms #educationalfilms #exhibition


Siobhan Fahey is director of Rebel Dykes History Project, an ARCHIVE + ART + FILM project who preserve, explore and share the archive of a  bunch of kick ass post punk dykes who shook up London, UK in the 1980s. She is producer of Rebel Dykes, a documentary film about 80s feminism and censorship (amongst other things).

Éric FalaRdeau, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), CANADA / @ThanatoFilms

Éric Falardeau is a PhD candidate in Communication Studies at the Université du Québec à Montréal. His research examines the representations of the male body in pornographic online audiovisual production. He holds an MA in Film Studies (Université de Montréal). His first feature film, Thanatomorphose (2012), won fifteen awards at international festivals and is distributed in a dozen countries. Falardeau was the guest curator at the exhibition Secrets and illusions, the magic of special effects, presented at the Cinémathèque Québécoise (2013-2017). He co-edited with Simon Laperrière the collective Bleu nuit. Histoire d’une cinéphilie nocturne (2014) and wrote Une histoire des effets spéciaux au Québec (2017), published by Éditions Somme Toute. His last book was about the depiction of bodily fluids in gore and pornographic movies, Le corps souillé : gore, pornographie et fluides corporels (L’Instant même, 2019). He is currently working on his second feature film.

DR Katerina Flint-Nicol, Queen’s University BelfasT, UK / @katathome1999

Kat Flint-Nicol is a Lecturer in Screen Media at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research focuses broadly on knowledge economies of class and class inequality across British film, media, and popular culture. She is currently working on a project that takes in British independent film with a particular focus on intersectional sites of obscenity, sexuality, and class.

Dr Martin Fradley, University of Brighton, UK 

Martin Fradley completed my PhD at UEA under the supervision of Professor Yvonne Tasker in 2003. Since then I have held teaching posts at numerous UK universities teaching film, television, literature, media and cultural studies, including full-time positions at the University of Aberdeen and Manchester University. Martin is a regular contributor to Film Quarterly, author of Straight Outta Uttoxeter: The Films of Shane Meadows (forthcoming 2018) and co-editor of Shane Meadows: Critical Essays (2013). His most recent work has appeared in the journals Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Film Studies & Journal of American Studies, and the collections Handbook of Gender, Sex and Media (2012), Postfeminism and Contemporary American Cinema (2013), Directory of World Cinema: American Independent 3 (2016) and Tainted Love: Screening Sexual Perversities (2017).

Research interests: film, television and popular culture; contemporary Anglophone cinema and television; gender, race, class and sexuality; film and media theory; authorship (Shane Meadows, David Cronenberg, David Lynch, Oliver Stone, David Gordon Green); genre theory; representations of neoliberal culture.


Finley Freibert is a Senior Lecturer of Comparative Humanities and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Louisville. His research resides at the intersection of media industry studies, media histories, LGBTQ cultural histories, and global film histories. His articles have appeared in peer-reviewed scholarly venues including Film Criticism, Spectator, Porn Studies, and The Journal of Anime and Manga Studies, and he has written for a general audience in The Advocate and Washington Blade. He is the co-editor, with Alicia Kozma, of the collection ReFocus: The Films of Doris Wishman (University of Edinburgh Press, 2021).

Mathilde Friis, Northumbria University, UK / @MattiFriis

Mathilde Friis is a first year PhD researcher in Visual and Material cultures at Northumbria University. Her research project explores the intersections of art, pornography, and technology through collaboration with OnlyFans performers. It investigates the methods and strategies used by femme performers to create digital identities and express themselves artistically. Through practice-based and critically informed research, her study aims to demonstrate the transformative potential of art in providing a space for self-representation and the communication of visions and voices of marginalised communities, specifically in the context of OnlyFans performers. By exploring the role of the camera and/or platform as an extension of the artists and how it/they shape(s) their self-representation and freedom to re-invent themselves, the study investigates the unique challenges and opportunities associated with creating digital identities and performing on OnlyFans, and how these experiences impact an artist’s sense of self and artistic expression.


Daphne Gershon is a PhD candidate in the Media and Cultural Studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests centre broadly around the representation of gender, sexuality, and ethnicity in the media, and television in particular. Currently, she is interested in television comedy, media discourses about masculinity, transnational feminism, and portrayals of sexual dysfunction. She has published work in Feminist Media Studies on portrayals of erectile dysfunction in television comedy and global discourses surrounding feminist portrayals of sexual violence within Pakistani cinema. In addition, her article which examines media representations of sexless marriage in Japan and herbivore masculinity has been published in the International Journal of Cultural Studies.

DR Elena Gorfinkel, King’s College London, UK / @cinemiasma

Elena Gorfinkel is senior lecturer in Film Studies at King’s College London. She is author of Lewd Looks: American Sexploitation Cinema in the 1960s (2017), and co-editor of Taking Place: Location and the Moving Image (, 2011) and Global Cinema Networks (2018). Her writing on embodiment, sexuality, labour, temporality and marginal cinemas have appeared in numerous journals and edited collections.

#sexuality #sexploitation #adultfilm #womensfilmmaking #independentcinemas #queertheory #spaceandplace #embodiment #labour #performance #temporality #sexualhistoricity

Melissa Hair, Northumbria University, UK

Melissa Hair is a PhD candidate at Northumbria University. Her research is concerned with the on and off screen presence of women in contemporary American indie cinema, and examines the work of directors such as Miranda July, Lena Dunham and Nicole Holofcener. She has presented papers on the representation of abortion in American cinema and the construction of ‘quirky’ femininity in popular culture.

#indiecinema #independentcinema #femininity #feminism #womenandhollywood

DR JAMIE HAKIM, university of east anglia, uk

Jamie Hakim is a lecturer in culture, media and creative industries. His research interests lie at the intersection of digital cultures, intimacy, embodiment and care. His book Work That Body: Male Bodies in Digital Culture was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2019. He is principle investigator on the ESRC funded ‘Digital Intimacies: how gay and bisexual men use their smartphones to negotiate their cultures of intimacy’, which is partnered with sexual health organisations the Terrence Higgins Trust, London Friend and Waverley Care. He was the recipient of the Stuart Hall Foundation X Cultural Studies Award 2020. As part of The Care Collective he has co-authored The Care Manifesto: The Politics of Interdependence (Verso, 2020). Jamie is also on the editorial board for Journal of Gender Studies and part of the Soundings editorial collective.

Dr Simon Hardy, University of Worcester, UK

Simon Hardy’s original research was on men’s use of pornography. He received his PhD from the University of Essex in 1995. The monograph was published by Cassell under the title The Reader, the Author, His Woman and Her Lover, in 1998. Since then he has published articles and chapters on many aspects of pornography and erotic culture for Sexualitites and various other journals and edited collections. Dr Hardy has taught at the University of Worcester since 1995, on the Sociology and Media & Culture courses, and as a specialist in the areas of the sociology of pornography, the history of sexuality, and contemporary media coverage of warfare. He is currently Head of the Department of History, Politics and Sociology. His current research project addresses the development of the pornographic genre in English writing 1660-1900.


Kylie Harris is currently pursuing her PhD in cinema and media studies at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Theater, Film and Television. Her research interests center on sexually explicit film, television, and digital media, particularly in how boundaries around what is considered pornographic are determined and maintained, as well as the role film, television, and digital media plays in sex education. She completed her Master of Arts in cinema and media studies, and Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) with a specialization in archival studies at UCLA. She is also particularly interested in the collection, curation, long term preservation, and continued access to sexually explicit materials. Prior to graduate study, she received her Bachelor of Arts in sociology from UC Berkeley.

Research interests: gender and sexuality in media; porn studies; media as sex education; affect theory; phenomenology; and media archives, libraries, and museums

Adam Herron, University of East Anglia, UK

Adam Herron is a PhD candidate at the University of East Anglia, UK. His doctoral project seeks to examine intersections between horror and pornography in films of the 1960s and 1970s, with a key focus on stages of distribution and exhibition. His upcoming research activities include an article with Intellect journal Film Matters titled ‘Victim Sells: The Commercial Context of Snuff Fiction and A Serbian Film‘, and an essay on how the exhibition of Snuff (1976) in New York challenges preconceptions held about grindhouse theatres and the imagined audiences of horror films and pornography.

#genre #gender #media history #pornography #media audiences #horror #distribution #exhibition

DR Megan HoffmaN, independent ScholaR, uk / @MeganMmariehoff

Megan Hoffman is an independent scholar. Her research interests include true crime, crime fiction, popular culture and gender studies. Her recent research focuses on true crime and social media, as well as the #MeToo movement’s influence on contemporary true crime. She is the author of Gender and Representation in British ‘Golden Age’ Crime Fiction: Women Writing Women (2016). Her work has also been published in journals and edited collections including Crime Fiction Studies (2022), Critiquing Violent Crime in the Media (2021), 100 British Crime Writers (2021), 100 American Crime Writers (2012) and Murdering Miss Marple: Essays on Gender and Sexuality in the New Golden Age of Women’s Crime Fiction (2012).


Dr Billy Holzberg is Assistant Professor of social justice at King’s College London with a PhD in Gender Studies from the London School of Economics. Their latest publication is on sex, affect and heteropessimism in Fleabag.

#affecttheory #sexualpolitics #newqueertelevision #representationsofheterosexuality #bordersandmigration


Tanya Horeck is an Associate Professor in Film & Media at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England. She has published widely on contemporary film, television, and digital media culture, with a focus on gender, affect, and violence. She is author of the book Public Rape: Representing Violation in Fiction and Film and the co-editor of two anthologies, The New Extremism in Cinema and Rape in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy and Beyond. Her latest book is Justice on Demand: True Crime in the Digital Streaming Era. Her current research projects include a study of online gendered harms and sexual risks for young people during COVID-19, and a study of the rise of consent culture and intimacy coordination on TV.

Dr Neil Jackson, University of Lincoln, UK

Dr Neil Jackson is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Lincoln, UK. He is co-editor of Snuff: Real Death and Screen Media (2016) and his article on ‘Exhausted: John C Holmes the Real Story’ (1981) appears in Grindhouse: Cultural Exchange on 42nd Street and Beyond (edited by Austin Fisher and Johnny Walker 2016). He is currently preparing a study of the representation of the Vietnam War in exploitation cinema.

#hollywoodcinema #exploitationcinema #snuffmovies #trash #sexploitation #pornography

Sara Janssen, University of Kent, UK

Sara Janssen is a doctoral candidate in Film Studies at the University of Kent. Her current PhD research investigates contemporary alternative pornography as a form of cultural activism, with a particular focus on cinematic aesthetics. Her research interests include visual culture, sexuality studies, feminist and queer theory, aesthetics and theories of embodiment. She is the co-editor (with Mattias Frey) of a special issue of the journal Film Studies on Sex and the Cinema.

#queersexualities #pornography #aesthetics #body #affect


Claire Jenkins is Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of Leicester. Her research focuses on popular film and television texts exploring the depiction of gender, sex and sexuality. She has published work on the family in Hollywood, sex and the older bird chick flick, metrosexuality in British Television and wedding dresses in romantic comedies. She is the author of Home Movies: The American Family in Contemporary Hollywood (2015). Her current research explores women directors working in mainstream Hollywood.

Dr Steve Jones, Northumbria University, UK / @DrSteve_Jones

Steve Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences at Northumbria University, England. His research principally focuses on sex, violence, ethics and selfhood within horror and pornography. He is the author of Torture Porn: Popular Horror after Saw (2013) and the co-editor of Zombies and Sexuality. His work has been published in Feminist Media Studies, Sexuality & Culture, Sexualities, Porn Studies and Film-Philosophy. For more information, please visit

#horror #pornography #violence #rape #extremefilm #morality #self

Dr Stuart Joy, Solent University, UK / @DrStuartJoy

Stuart Joy is a Senior Lecturer in Film and Television at Solent University. He is the author The Traumatic Screen: The Films of Christopher Nolan (forthcoming) and co-editor of The Cinema of Christopher Nolan: Imagining the Impossible (2015) and Through the Black Mirror: Deconstructing the Side Effects of the Digital Age (forthcoming).

#popular culture #gender #class #sexuality #filmandmediatheory #authorship #genretheory

Dr Dion Kagan, University of Melbourne, Australia / @DionKagan

Dion Kagan is an academic, arts writer and publishing professional who has lectured across media, cultural, screen and gender studies at The University of Melbourne and La Trobe University. His monograph, Positive Images: Gay Men and the Culture of Post-Crisis is coming out in 2017 with I. B. Tauris as part of their Gender and Popular Culture series. Dion is currently a queer columnist for The Lifted Brow and his writing has been published in The Big Issue, Metro, Screen Education, Archer: The Australian Journal of Sexual Diversity, Kill Your Darlings, Australian Book Review, Literature Film Quarterly, Sexualities and Continuum. Dion is a regular co-host of the Australian fortnightly culture podcast, The Rereaders.

#AIDSculturalcriticism #queerfilm #queerliterature #sexuality #popularculture

DR PATRICK KEILTY, university of toronto, canada / @patrickkeilty

Patrick Keilty is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, with affiliate faculty positions in the Technoscience Research Unit, Cinema Studies Institute, Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, and the Women and Gender Studies Institute. Professor Keilty’s work examines the political and economic implications of digital infrastructures in the pornography industry. He has published on embodiment and technology, data science, the history of information retrieval, transformations of gendered labor, design and experience, graphic design, temporality, and taxonomies of pornography.

dr oliver kenny, university of lille, france / @oliverkenny24

Oliver Kenny is currently teaching and research fellow at the University of Lille. After completing a BA and an MPhil at the University of Cambridge, Oliver received his PhD in Film Studies from Queen Mary University of London. He then moved to France, where, after 2 years at Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence, he took up his current post in Lille. His doctoral research dealt with ethics and politics in new extreme films with a broader interest in images of sex and violence, pornography, censorship, and theories of the extreme and transgression. Currently he is especially interested in the relationship between foreignness and censorship, theoretical approaches to transgression, and French academic discourse around images of sex.

Darren Kerr, Southampton Solent University, UK / @xdkerr / @screeningsex

Darren Kerr is Senior Lecturer and Head of Film at Southampton Solent University. He is a member of the editorial board for Porn Studies, – the first international peer-reviewed journal dedicated to pornography. His research and publications have explored auto-erotic asphyxiation, paedophilia and 1970s porn culture. He is co-editor of Hard to Swallow: Hard-core Pornography on Screen (2012), Tainted Love: Screening Sexual Perversion (2017) and co-curator of Screening Sex. Darren has also written and published research on transnational horror, screen violence and literary adaptations of sexual deviancy.

#pornography #perversion #paedophilia #horror #violence #adaptation #sex #hardcore

daniel laurin, university of toronto, canada / danieljlaurin

Daniel is a PhD Candidate at the Cinema Studies Institute and a member of the Collaborative Graduate Program in Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. His dissertation examines representations of straight performers in gay pornography and how their sexual identities and performances are coded as authentic, in particular via notions of amateurism, the home movie format, and reality genres. His work appears in the journal AG: About Gender and in the edited collection I Confess: Constructing the Sexual Self in the Internet Age.

Michaela Lebedíková, Masaryk University, Czechia / @mlebedikova

Michaela is a master’s level student of sociology researching sexual scripts and pornography. Currently, her focus is on the influence of pornography on young woman’s sexual scripts. She has also researched sexual objectification and sexual agency and gender equality in porn, visual depiction of orgasms in porn and the methodologies of content analysis of pornography. She is an author of the article Between Sexual Objectification and Sexual Agency: the Most Watched Porn Videos in the Czech Republic.

Dr Wendy Leeks

wleeks789@btinternet. com

Retired academic specialising in psychoanalysis and queer theory. Published, a while back in those areas and those approaches to the paintings of Ingres. Retired, apparently, from the practice of queer sexuality, but I’m still thinking about it. Research interests currently Marilyn Monroe and Anna Freud, side-by-side – the queer undertow in the ‘life writing’ about these two women, and what this says about conceptions of femininity and female sexuality.


Dr Aura Lehtonen is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Greenwich. Her background is in interdisciplinary social sciences, with a PhD in Gender Studies from the London School of Economics. Her research explores how difference, diversity and inequalities are understood, conceptualised and represented in contemporary culture and politics, with a specific focus on sexuality. She is the author of The Sexual Logics of Neoliberalism in Britain: Sexual Politics in Exceptional Times (2022), and she is currently working on a project about representations of ‘bad sex’ in contemporary Anglo-American TV.


Chloé Locatelli is a PhD researcher at the Digital Humanities department at King’s College London. Chloé’s research explores gendered-female embodiment in emergent sex tech products, and the consumption of intimacy through these new forms of sexual commerce. She is also a contributor to, covering sex tech developments with a feminist perspective for this online publication. To date she has provided multiple pieces, most notably articles exploring sex work online, performative technology and Japanese influences permeating emergent sex tech.


Mark Lockwood is a sex work researcher & advocate, harm reductionist, and black sexuality scholar who is committed to mobilising the health, safety, and well-being of people in the sex trades. He is currently the program manager on the Harm Reduction team at AIDS United where he manages a grant portfolio that supports harm reduction programs and their efforts to provide care to people who participate in underground economies. Additionally, he is a PhD candidate in the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. His dissertation, “Black Inches: Masculinity, Visuality, and Performance in Blatino Pornography,” explores the history, visual, and sexual representations of Black porn actors in gay porn’s “blatino” genre. This research has been supported by Emory University, The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, The University of Maryland, College Park, and the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program. He received his M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University and his B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University – New Brunswick.

dr geoffrey maguire, university of cambridge, uk / @maguiregeoff

Geoffrey Maguire is a Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. His current project explores the representation of queer sexualities in world film through theories of cinematic embodiment and affect, and is entitled Bodies of Water: Queer Trends in Contemporary World Cinema. More broadly, he is interested in contemporary Latin American and European cinemas, with particular interests in cultural memory, queer representation, performance, and theories of cinematic spectatorship.

dr Laura Helen Marks, Tulane University, US / @drrambette

Laura Helen Marks is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Tulane University in New Orleans. Her work on pornographic genre, adaptation, and neo-Victorian studies has appeared in Sexualities, Phoebe, Salon, From Porno Chic to the Sex Wars, and is forthcoming in Porn Studies. Marks also contributes to the adult film oral history podcast, The Rialto Report. Her book, Porning the Victorians: Erotic Adaptations and Gothic Desire, is under contract.

#pornography #pornographicgenre #filmadaptation #gender #sexuality

Professor Alan McKee, University of Technology Sydney / @profalanmckee

Professor Alan McKee is an expert on entertainment and healthy sexual development. He holds an Australian Research Council Discovery grant entitled ‘Pornography’s effects on audiences: explaining contradictory research data’; and a Wellcome Grant entitled ‘Investigating mediated sex and young people’s health and well-being’. He recently completed a Linkage grant with True (previously Family Planning Queensland) to investigate the use of vulgar comedy to reach young men with information about healthy sexual development. He was co-editor of the Girlfriend Guide to Life and co-author of Pornography: structures agency and performance (Polity, 2015). He has published on healthy sexual development, and entertainment education for healthy sexuality in journals including the Archives of Sexual Behavior, the International Journal of Sexual Health, the Journal of Sex Research and Sex Education.

#entertainmenteducation #healthysexualdevelopment #pornography

Professor John Mercer, Birmingham City University, UK

John Mercer is Professor of Gender and Sexuality at the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research at Birmingham City University. He is the author of of Gay Pornography: Representations of Sexuality and Masculinity (2017), Rock Hudson (2015) and co-author of Melodrama: Genre, Style, Sensibility (2005). I am co-editor of the Journal of Gender Studies, one of the editorial founders of Porn Studies and an editorial board member of Sexualities and Celebrity Studies. John has written about film and television genres, celebrity and stardom, the pornography debate, the sexualisation of contemporary media culture and contemporary masculinity. His research interests concern the politics of representation, in particular sexual representation, the connections between gay pornography and the making of a gay identity, the social and cultural construction of masculinities, performances of gender in the media and the wider culture, and melodrama, emotion and affect in the media and their gendered modes of address.

#sexualrepresentation #gaypornography #masculinity #gender #media

Darshana SREEDHAR Mini, University of WISCONSIN-MADISON, US

Darshana Sreedhar Mini is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Supported by the Social Science Research Council and American Institute of Indian Studies, her work explores precarious media formations such as low-budget films produced in the south Indian state of Kerala, mapping their transnational journeys.  Her research interests broadly include Global Media Cultures, Transnational Cinemas and Migration, South Asian Cinema, and Feminist Media and her work has been published in Feminist Media HistoriesBioscope: South Asian Screen StudiesSouth Asian Popular CultureJournal for Ritual Studies and International Journal for Digital Television.

#feministporn #gender #sexuality #southasianmedia


Forum Mithani is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Cardiff’s School of Modern Languages, where she is undertaking a 3-year research project on transgressive motherhood in Japanese popular culture. Her research interests include Japanese literature, film and media; motherhood; gender and sexuality; feminism and social minorities.

dr ANDREW MOOR, manchester metropolitan university, uk

Andrew Moor is a Reader in Cinema History in the Department of English at Manchester Metropolitan University, a long-term member of the Executive Committee of BAFTSS (of which he is currently Chair), and Editor in Chief of its online open access journal Open Screens. His background is in British film history, though he currently works on all aspects of LGBTQ+ cinema. ​


Anti-social and anti-identitarian queer theorist and lecturer in political theory at Goldsmiths university. Currently finishing my PhD on new forms of porn consumption. I’m also developing a module called ‘sex and philosophy’. Interested in anything to do with this topic.

dr Ashley morgan, cardiff metropolitan university, uk / @DrAshleymorgan1

Ashley’s recent research interests are in the absence of sexual behaviours in representations of masculinity in popular culture. She argues that a lack of sex is a viable form of masculine identity and is further interested in the concept of asceticism and power. Where does power come from in representations of hegemonic men when sex is absent? She is especially interested in representations of Sherlock Holmes, and offers a very different reading of Holmes as a sexual ascetic in the forthcoming article, ‘Sex doesn’t alarm me: exploring heterosexual male identity in BBC’s Sherlock’ in forthcoming in the Journal of Popular Television, Autumn, 2019. She has published on representations of geek identity, male expertise and asceticism in the Big Bang Theory, social class masculinity and suits, and has a recurring interest in toxic masculinity . She is currently working on research on representations of the ageing female body, toxic masculinity in Sherlock and Welsh Male Identity.

Sabrina Moro, Nottingham Trent University, UK / @SabrinaMoroPhd

Sabrina Moro is a PhD candidate at Nottingham Trent University. Her thesis examines representations of sexual violence in the media, with a focus on rape narratives in TV series and anti-sexual assault celebrity advocacy. In conjunction with her studies, Sabrina leads workshops on depictions of sexuality, consent and gender in TV series.

#sexualassault #television #feminism #celebrityadvocacy

Gary Needham, University of Liverpool, UK / gary_needham

Gary Needham is Senior Lecturer in Film and Media at the University of Liverpool, UK. Key areas of research interest are experimental, oppositional, and alternative filmmaking histories and practices that range from the American underground and avant-garde, to queer cinemas and other kinds of marginal and outsider cinemas for example, exploitation films and artists’ films. He is interested in research around the relationship between art and the moving image especially the work of Andy Warhol and other artist-filmmakers, as well as film and identity politics in relation to sexuality and queer theory. Gary is the author of Brokeback Mountain (2010), co-author of Warhol in Ten Takes (2013) and co-editor of Queer TV: Theories, Histories, Politics (2009) and Asian Cinemas: A Reader and a Guide (2006).

#queercinemas #alternativecinemas #avantgarde #experimental #AndyWarhol 



Christina is a journalist and author and is the editor of the anthology of women and NB culture writers She Found it at the Movies: Women Writers on Sex, Desire & Cinema. She has an ongoing interest in the research in this field. Bylines: VICE, Empire, BBC, Vulture, Hazlitt, Sight & Sound. Movie columns at MUBI & Little White Lies.


Thao Nguyen is a graduate student in the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. Thao specialises in the fields of Gender and Sexuality Studies and Ethnography, and her research focuses on sexual commerce. Her current project examines the role of technology in the pornography industry from a sociological lens.

#sexualcommerce #technology #pornography #socialsciences


Rebecca is a PhD candidate and adjunct lecturer at the University of Reading School of Law. Rebecca’s doctoral research investigates how to recognise and enforce porn workers’ labour rights and freedoms in the gig economy porn industry.

Madita Oeming, University of Paderborn, Germany / @MsOeming

Madita Oeming is a German PhD candidate in American Studies at the University of Paderborn. With her Master’s thesis, ‘Moby’s Dick,’ Madita has entered the field of Porn Studies, within which she is now pursuing her dissertation project on contemporary American discourses on pornography. She has presented papers on porn parodies and her experience as a porn scholar in German academia. Currently, she is working on an essay about the vulva.

#pornography #porndiscourse #moralpanic #pathologisation #feminism #cliteracy


Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué is a poet and scholar living in Chicago. He is most recently the author of Losing Miami (The Accomplices, 2019) and co-editor of An Excess of Quiet: Selected Sketches by Gustavo Ojeda, 1979-1989, both of which were finalists for Lambda Literary Awards. His fourth poetry book, Madness, is forthcoming from Nightboat Books in March. He is currently a PhD student in English at the University of Chicago where he works in the study of sexuality. His dissertation project, The Gender of Gay Men, investigates how gay male sexuality provokes a variety of gendered positions, allegiances, and identifications in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Professor Susanna Paasonen, University of Turku, Finland 

Susanna Paasonen is Professor of Media Studies at University of Turku, Finland. With an interest in Internet research, sexuality, affect theory, and media culture, she serves on the editorial boards of e.g. the journals New Media & Society, Social Media + Society and Sexualities. Susanna is most recently the author of Carnal Resonance: Affect and Online Pornography (2011), co-author of Not Safe for Work: Sex, Humor, and Risk in Social Media (forthcoming, with Kylie Jarrett and Ben Light), as well as co-editor of Working with Affect in Feminist Readings: Disturbing Differences (2010, with Marianne Liljeström) and Networked Affect (2015, with Hillis and Petit). Her two current book-length projects explore the dynamics of distraction and boredom connected to social media (with Michael Petit) as well as the applications of the notion of play in studies of sexuality.

#sexuality #affect #play #media #internet

Philippa Parnell, University of East Anglia, UK / @fifilord

A long term fan of romantic comedy, I have recently indulged that passion by completing a PhD study on the phenomenon of 21st century ‘man-com’ mainstream Hollywood films. In the broader context, I have presented papers on the masculinities of Disney’ ‘Frozen’, and poster-presentations of ‘Bromance’, any excuse to study the output made by Judd Apatow, or my love of good-old-fashioned movie romances. I welcome any input from further scholarship on representations of masculinity in contemporary post-feminist mainstream cinema, and the issues of masculinity in 21st century media more generally.

#filmmasculinity #hooligans #romanticcomedy #lad culture #postfeministmasculinity #warfilm

Dr Donna Peberdy, Southampton Solent University, UK / @donnapeberdy / @screeningsex

Donna Peberdy is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television at Southampton Solent University. She is the author of Masculinity and Film Performance: Male Angst in Contemporary American Cinema (2011) and co-editor of Tainted Love: Screening Sexual Perversion (2017). Donna has written about acting and performance in contemporary US film and television, film noir, transnational cinema, voice and vocal performance, the performance of sex and sexuality, bipolar masculinity and celebrity autoerotic asphyxiation. She is particularly interested in the relationship between screen acting and the performance of identity. Donna also blogs from time to time at Improv: Reflections on Screen Acting and Performance

#acting #performance #identity #masculinity #sex #sexuality #perversion 

Ryan Pumroy, Northern Illinois University, US / @ryanpumroy

Ryan Pumroy (MA) is Undergraduate Program Advisor in the Department of Communication at Northern Illinois University, US. He is interested in different forms of representation in film, media, and popular culture. For Screening Sex, he is interested in the way sex and sexuality are depicted in film and other types of media.

#sexualrepresentation #pornography #pornparody #fetish #psychoanalysis #masculinity #feminism #gender #mediaindustries

Daisy Richards, University of Warwick, UK / @daisyrichards

Daisy Richards is an MA student at the University of Warwick, writing on reclaiming the feminist aesthetics of nostalgia within television. She will shortly begin her PhD with the CATH Research Centre at De Montfort University, where she will focus on representations of rape and sexual violence within contemporary postbroadcast television programming.

#Feminism #sexual violence #rape #nostalgia #teen television #class #realitytelevision #television #aesthetics #quality #value #streaming #postbroadcastprogramming

Jennifer Richards, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK / @jenerichs

Jennifer Richards is a Lecturer in Arts and Humanities at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her research areas explore the Gothic predominantly within visual communication. She has recently published an article for the Fashion Studies Journal, which discusses the influence of witchcraft and mysticism in visual culture. She is currency researching the subject of transgressive women, and is currently co-convenor for the Manchester Gothic Festival V.

#gender #sexuality #visualcommunication #gothic


Pia Rickman MA is a feminist actor trainer and intimacy coordinator who lectures in Acting and Performance at the University for the Creative Arts (Surrey UK). Her research focuses on empowered collaboration between the director and actor, consent and screen acting, power dynamics and boundaries in the process of screen intimacy. She is interested in extending consent and negotiation principles more broadly in academia. Pia has published a guide to working with an intimacy coordinator, a fairly new role in the industry. Pia is co-founder of The Intimacy Practitioners’ Guild EU/UK.

Maureen Rogers, University of Wisconsin–Madison, US / @nini_rogers

Maureen is a PhD candidate in film history who researches exploitation cinema from an industrial perspective.

#sexploitation #exploitation #pornography

Dr Lauren Rosewarne, University of Melbourne, Australia

Dr Lauren Rosewarne is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She is a writer, researcher and frequent media commentator on issues relating to gender, sexuality, pop culture and the media. Lauren is the author of nine books, most recently Analyzing Christmas in Film: Santa to the Supernatural (2017). For more information, please visit her website:

#gender #sexuality #media #popularculture #politics

Dr Maria San Filippo, Goucher College, Baltimore MA, US / @cinemariasf

Maria San Filippo is Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Goucher College, and author of The B Word: Bisexuality in Contemporary Film and Television (2013), which received a Lambda Literary Award. Her new book project examines sexual provocation in 21st century screen media.

#sexualities #feministtheory #queertheory #women #film #media

chelsea saxby, university of birmingham, uk / @ChelseaSaxby

Chelsea is a PhD candidate in History at the University of Birmingham. Her thesis explores how British television could represent sex, bodies and relationships in the long 1970s. She argues that television was a crucial site in the discursive struggle to demarcate the boundaries around ‘normal’ and ‘natural’ sexual practices and bodies. Her thesis shows how these discourses were involved in the formation of subjects, both in the ways producers imagined audiences, but also the ways a viewer’s sense of self was constructed through their engagement with these mass cultural artefacts.

#postwarBritain #television #histsex

Catherine Scott

Internationally published author and journalist specialising in gender, sexuality, censorship and pop culture. Author of Thinking Kink: The Collision of BDSM, Feminism and Popular Culture (2015) and the forthcoming To Deprave and Corrupt: Britain’s Battle with Obscenity (2018).

#feminism #BDSM #obscenitylaw


Deborah Shaw is Professor of Film and Screen Studies at the University of Portsmouth. Her research interests include gender and sexuality on screen, transnational film theory, Latin American cinema, Latin American women filmmakers, film and migration, and she has published widely in these areas. She is the founding co-editor of the Routledge journal Transnational Cinemas (Now Transnational Screens), and her books include Contemporary Latin American Cinema: Ten Key Films, (Continuum Publishers, 2003), The Three Amigos: The Transnational Filmmaking of Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and Alfonso Cuarón, Manchester University Press (2013), The Transnational Fantasies of Guillermo del Toro. Palgrave Macmillan, co-edited with Ann Davies and Dolores Tierney (2014), and Latin American Women Filmmakers: Production, Politics, Poetics, co-edited with Deborah Martin for the World Cinema Series with I.B.Tauris (2017). Her latest book is Sense8: Transcending Television, co-edited with Rob Stone with Bloomsbury Publishers (2021).

daniel sheppard, birmingham city university, uk / @DanielJSheppard

Daniel Sheppard is a PhD candidate at Birmingham City University, fully funded by the AHRC Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. His thesis is called ‘Gays, Women and Chainsaws: Queer Approaches to Characterisation and Identification in Contemporary Slasher Cinema’ and conceptualises how female and gay male audiences are invited to watch contemporary slasher film and television texts in similar ways, identifying with characters and narratives in accordance to their heteropatriarchal cultural experience. He has written for Horror Homeroom and Screening Sex, presented at various international conferences, and is currently preparing essays for several edited collections.

#horror #gender #sexuality #representation #identification #affect

Professor Carol Siegel, Washington State University Vancouver, US.

Carol Siegel is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters on the representation of sexuality in literature, film, television, and popular music. Her book publications include Sex: Radical Cinema (2015), Goth’s Dark Empire (2005), New Millennial Sexstyles (2000), Male Masochism: Modern Revisions of the Story of Love (1995), Lawrence Among the Women: Wavering Boundaries in Women’s Literary Traditions (UP of Virginia, 1991) and the co-edited collections The Gay ’90s: Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Formations in Queer Studies (1997), Sex Positives?: The Cultural Politics of Dissident Sexualities (1997), Forming and Reforming Identity (1995), and Eroticism and Containment: News from the Flood Plain (1994). She also co-edits with Ellen E. Berry the online journal Rhizomes. Her current projects are a collection of essays co-edited with Lindsay Coleman – Sex and Excess on Film – and a monograph on the representation of Jewish sexualities in cinema and television.


Anthony Silvestri is a PhD candidate in the Media School at Indiana University, Bloomington. His dissertation focuses on the archives amassed by experimental filmmaker Kenneth Anger at the Kinsey Institute. Broadly, these collections intersect with issues surrounding the history of sexuality, queer archiving, sexual ephemera, and experimental filmmaking. His research has been published in Porn Studies and is forthcoming in the Journal of Film and Video.


Jiaying Sim is Assistant Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at DigiPen, Singapore. Her research interests include the use of assemblage and affect theory to rethink the politics and ethics of Asian screen cultures, and the question of how to present sexual violence on screen ethically. She is currently working on a monograph on the ethics of care in global screen cultures and is working towards a feminist ethics on rape culture in Asian cinemas.

Marc Sinclair, Huddersfield University, UK / @sinkamarc

Marc is a writer, blogger and photographer working towards an MA in creative writing by research. The creative component will comprise a portfolio of blog and vlog submissions orientated around the general topics of ‘sex’ and ‘identity’. Marc is captivated by the work of feminist filmmakers like Erica Lust as well as other voices that are at the spearhead of new intersectional voices in pro-feminist orientated porn and other social sex movements that have self-identifying women at the heart of their ideological ethos. This includes (but is not limited to) projects such as and lustery.

#sex #porn #feminism

mx james lawrence slattery, university of manchester, uk / @JamesLSlattery

James’s work currently considers whether queerness can still be framed as a tool of anti-capitalist resistance, looking at how LGBTQAI+ identity politics have been assimilated into the culture of neoliberalism, and asks how temporality functions in the production of subjectivity. They attempt to explore and unpack these ideas through looking at film, television and video art, both mainstream and avant-garde. From September 2019, James will be a PhD candidate in the School of Arts, Language and Cultures at the University of Manchester. Their research title is “Taking Back Desire: Visions and Queerness and Capitalism in Time”. This project is fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership and supervised by Dr David Alderson.

professor clarissa smith, northumbria University, uk / @DrClarissaSmith

Clarissa’s research centres on sexual media and representations. She is interested in the textual formations of pornography and how those play out across different technologies; in how people access and engage with pornographic materials and with other forms of sexualized products. She is also fascinated by seemingly constant demands for increasing regulation and censorship. She is the author of One for the Girls!: The Pleasures and Practices of Reading Women’s Porn (Intellect, 2007), co-author of Objectification: On the Difference between Sex and Sexism (Routledge, 2020), co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Media, Sex and Sexuality (Routledge, 2017) and Studying Sexualities: Theories, Representations, Cultures (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Clarissa is a founding co-editor of the Routledge journal Porn Studies, a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Gender Studies, of Sexualities, of Cine-Excess and of ParticipationsShe is co-investigator with Professor John Mercer, Birmingham City University, on the Masculinity, Sex and Popular Culture research network (Mascnet) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The network connects academics, early career researchers and students as well as experts and commentators from outside of academia.


Phyll Smith / @theautist

Phyll Smith writes principally on the politics of ‘fringe’ media and marginal audiences, and how they often have a disproportionate effect to the size or status of their cohort. Always interested in the intersection of censorship or discursive distinctions and class and gender, in the relationships between ‘adult’ material and audiences regarded as children, or ‘child like’ for reasons of class, gender, ethnicity or education, and medicalised prescriptions again media consumption. Research includes discussions of pornographic cartoons of the 1930s (Tijuana Bibles); ‘Grindhouse’ cinemas and unruly audience behaviours; moral panics around children and cinema; and discussions and evidence around ‘sexualisation’ and the Papadopoulos report (2010) and its legacy.


Dr John Paul Stadler is a media scholar and fiction writer. His research and teaching centers on the role of media in shaping modern notions of gender and sexuality, particularly with regard to queer and transgender subjectivities. In his current project “Pornographesis: Sex, Media and Gay Culture,” he explores the historical force, technological forms, and sexual politics of adult media in order to correct a blind spot in the story sexuality studies tells about contemporary gay life. By paying close attention to the narrative structures, cultural positions, and reception practices of adult media since the 1960s, he makes the case for the centrality of this popular cultural form for understanding the historical formation of gay identity in the United States. In addition to delivering vexed pleasures, adult media also intervenes in political crises, creates alternative social structures, and challenges the rigid demands of heteronormative masculinity for gay subjects. “Pornographesis” dives deep into this popular cultural form while engaging closely with its evolving media formats, from 16mm to video, print, photographic, telephonic, theatrical, and digital technologies to shed light on desire’s entanglement with media.


Whitney Strub is an associate professor of history at Rutgers University-Newark. He is the author of Perversion for Profit: The Politics of Pornography and the Rise of the New Right (Columbia University Press, 2011) and Obscenity Rules: Roth v. United States and the Long Struggle over Sexual Expression (University Press of Kansas, 2013) and, with Carolyn Bronstein, coeditor of Porno Chic and the Sex Wars: American Sexual Representation in the 1970s (University of Massachusetts Press, 2016). His work on obscenity and pornography has appeared in Radical History Review, Journal of the History of Sexuality, GLQ, American Quarterly, and elsewhere. He blogs at


Dr Rebecca Sullivan specializes in feminist media and cultural studies on sexuality. She is the author/editor of eight books including, “Pornography: Structures, Agency, and Performance” [with Alan McKee]; “Bonnie Sherr Klein’s Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography”; “Natalie Wood”; and “Visual Habits: Nuns, Feminism, and American Postwar Popular Culture.” She is past Chair of the Sexuality Studies Association and the Canadian Communications Association. Current research projects funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council include “The Legacy of Studio D for Canadian Feminist Media Activism” [Lead Investigator]; and “Representational Diversity in US Comic Books, 1934-2014” [Co-investigator]. Dr. Sullivan’s research interests in sexual rights focuses on questions of media representation and performance and the formation of what she calls “sexual scripts” for women.


Karen Sztajnberg is a Brazilian doctoral candidate and working artist who first graduated from Bard College (Film, B.A, 1997), then Columbia University (Film M.F.A, 2006) and joined the Amsterdam School for Cultural Research. Her research topic is how the South American tradition of subversive art intersects with spectatorship in a transnational production context. Credited as director, editor, screenwriter, and video artist, her work has been screened at the Rotterdam Film Festival, Lincoln Center Film Society, DocFeed, HotDocs, Visions du Reel, and in many art galleries, culminating in her solo exhibition at Appleton Square in Lisbon, Portugal.


Emilija Talijan recently completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge. Her research focusses on questions of listening, sound and the senses in relation to the body. Her PhD thesis explored contemporary cinema’s auditory attention to the body through noise, looking at formal approaches to sound design used by directors to frame our listening and raise specific questions about the politics and ethics of listening to different bodies on screen. This included listening to the female body and the auditory representation of sex on screen in the work of Catherine Breillat.  

Her next project looks at different sensors in cinema and their ability to register the body’s non-visual signals, in particular sound and heat. From October 2019, she is taking up the position of Junior Research Fellow at St John’s College, Oxford.

#sound #noise #sex #body #listening #heat #intimacy #technology

GVGK TANG, Independent Scholar, US / @gvgktang

GVGK Tang is a public historian and community organizer with a background in global trans-queer sexualities, communities, and identities. Tang holds a BA in History and Sociology, with a minor in LGBT Studies, and an MA in Public History, with a concentration in Digital Humanities and Media Studies, from Temple University.

Dr Alison Taylor, Bond University, Queensland, Australia

Alison Taylor is Teaching Fellow at Bond University in Queensland, Australia. She is the co-ordinator of Sex, Society and the Movies, and Deputy Co-ordinator for Ethical Thought and Action, and author of Troubled Everyday: The Aesthetics of Violence and the Everyday in European Art Cinema (2017).

#screenaesthetics #extremecinema #gender #sex #thelimitsofrepresentation

Dr Sarah Taylor-Harman, Brunel University London, UK / @s_taylor_harman

Sarah Taylor-Harman (née Harman) is presently completing her PhD at Brunel University London, and her thesis focuses upon female sexual desire and the adaptations of The Story of O. She is also co-editor of Screening Twilight: Critical Approaches to a Cinematic Phenomenon (2014).  Her research interests include: adaptations; bad cultural objects; gender and sexuality; pornography; and sadomasochism. 

#adaptations #gender #feminism #porn #sadomasochism #sexuality


Robbie is an Intimacy Director and Coordinator, trained by Intimacy for Stage and Screen in the UK. He works between the UK and NZ. He is currently researching representations of queer intimacy on screen at Victoria University Wellington for his Master’s.

Matthew Tchepikova-Treon, University of Minnesota, US / @TchepikovaTreon

Matthew Tchepikova-Treon is a doctoral candidate in American Studies at the University of Minnesota where he teaches courses on pop culture, cinema, literature, and media. He is currently writing his dissertation—“X-Rated Sound: One-hundred Years of 1972”—on the material history of sound technologies, popular music, urban space, and exploitation cinema in the U.S. during the global political drama of the Cold War. His work has appeared in Jump Cut, Flow, and various popular outlets, and his chapter “Super Fly and the Sound of Seventies Blaxploitation” is forthcoming in the collected volume The Soundtrack Album: Listening to Media, edited by Paul Reinsch and Laurel Westrup (Routledge). He also co-founded and continues to operate the Moving Image, Media, & Sound research collaborative with UMN’s Institute for Advanced Study.

DR Adam Vaughan, University of Southampton/Solent University, UK / @AdamofVaughan

Adam Vaughan recently completed his PhD at the University of Southampton, researching identity and performance in contemporary documentary film. He is also an Associate Lecturer at Solent University, where he leads a unit on critical approaches to the director, as well as teaching on modules related to film history, film in the global age, and how film depicts gender, sexuality and race. His research interests include performative identity and LGBTQ+ representation in film, such as those published through The Conversation.

#performance #identity #documentary #LGBTQ+representation #queerfilm

dr will visconti, school of advanced study, university of london, uk / @WillVisconti

Will Visconti’s work focuses on transgression, the arts, and sex, particularly during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He has previously had articles published in the European Journal of Humour Research and Essays in French Literature & Culture, with previous pieces examining the work of Mae West and the history of the Moulin Rouge. Among his current projects are an exploration of how the figure of the cortigiana (courtesan) became emblematic of the city of Venice in the Anglophone imagination; French representations of sex work in film and television; and the links drawn between nineteenth-century celebrities and Emile Zola’s “Nana” in the Parisian popular press

DR Richard Vytniorgu, University of HERTFORDSHIRE, UK / @rvytniorgu

Richard is a literary-cultural scholar working at the intersections of gender and sexuality and health and wellbeing, within the overall context of literature, media, communication and cultural studies (including rhetorical studies).

His research interests lie in LGBT+ belonging and marginalisation, GBMSM (gay, bisexual, and men who have sex with men) sexual wellbeing and identity, and the use of autobiographical writing, film, media and other forms of representation to explore these themes.

He is currently writing a monograph on TV, film, media, and literary explorations of effeminacy and gay bottom identities in Western and non-Western narratives, often autobiographical. His research has been published in Journal of Homosexuality, Modern Language Review, and Rhetoric Review (among others). He has been funded by the AHRC, ESRC, and the Wellcome Trust.

He is committed to interdisciplinary research and teaching, and is keen to explore ways to embed participatory approaches in his research and impact.

#belonging #GBMSM #gayporn #gaysex #gaybottoms #bottoming #effeminacy #gendernonconformity #autobiography


I am a queer PhD student and instructor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Kent State University. My research interests lie broadly in gender and sexuality, with specific foci on queer spaces, inequalities, pop culture, and carnality. I utilise visual and ethnographic methods, and my work and teaching are grounded in queer, feminist, and decolonisation theories and pedagogies.

Shilyh Warren, UT DALLAS, US / @shelikeswhat

Shilyh Warren is Associate Professor of Visual and Performing Arts in the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is the author of Subject to Reality: Women and Documentary (University of Illinois, 2019). Her essays on documentary, feminist theory, and women’s cinema have been published in edited volumes as well as journals such Signs, Camera Obscura, and South Atlantic Quarterly. Recent writing on feminist documentary appears in Reclaiming Popular Documentary (2021) and Another Gaze (2021) and on the politics of sexuality in Women & Language (Fall/Winter 2021).


I have an undergraduate and Master’s degree in Film and Television Studies, and will be starting a PhD at the University of Portsmouth in October 2021. The PhD will focus on the representation of queer and LGBTQ+ history in contemporary film and television, supervised by Professor Deborah Shaw. My primary research interests include queer and LGBTQ+ identity and culture, and how this is represented within contemporary media. I have also written theses dedicated specifically to representations of transgender culture and identity, as well as themes of nostalgia and memory in contemporary film and television.

Caroline West, Dublin City University, Ireland / @carolinewest_IE

Caroline West is a PhD researcher at Dublin City University, Ireland. Her research focuses on the experiences of women working in the American porn industry and how these experiences are discussed by the feminist movement. This also involves examining the history of pornography and the relationship between power, sex and knowledge. She also holds an MA in Sexuality Studies.

#pornography #sexuality #culture #power #knowledge

erin Wiegand, Northumbria University, UK / @erinewiegand

Erin Wiegand is a PhD candidate at Northumbria University. Her dissertation on the American ‘exploitation documentary’ (including mondo movies, nightlife docs, and marriage-manual films) examines the historical relationship between exploitation films and conceptions of documentary sobriety, veracity, and educational value, as well as the dichotomous role of pleasure and education in documentary film marketing and reception. Her most recent publication is “The Margins of Mondo: Tracing Genre through 1960s American ‘Mondo’ Film Discourse” (Film International 88, 2019). She is also a programmer at the volunteer-run Star & Shadow Cinema in Newcastle.

#genre #exploitation #filmhistory #pornography #educationalfilms #sexploitation #audiences #distribution #exhibition #curation #programming

Connor Winterton, Birmingham City University, UK / @ralphhh94

Connor Winterton is a PhD Candidate and Associate Lecturer at Birmingham City University. While Connor’s PhD research is centred on representations of gay, lesbian and queer sex in contemporary cinema, his other research interests include: gender, sexuality and representations in moving-image media; sexually explicit screen media; feminist film and media theory; audiences and spectatorship; queer theory; and LGBTQ+ film cultures. Connor is an editorial board member for the new and innovative journal MAI: Journal of Feminism and Visual Culture, and has a number of publications forthcoming that relate to audience studies and action heroism, gay male identity in contemporary American teen cinema, and sexual politics and romance in Love Island.

#sexonscreen #contemporaryqueercinema #queersex #sexuality #gender #feminism

Isaac Gustafsson Wood, University of Southampton, UK / @isaacgwood

Isaac Gustafsson Wood is a PhD researcher at the University of Southampton. His work focuses on representations of male rape in film comedy. He is more broadly interested in gender, representation and Hollywood cinema.

#gender #masculinity #rape #Hollywood

Dr Ellen Wright, DeMontfort University, UK / @drSmut

VC2020 Lecturer in Cinema and television history at DeMontfort University, Leicester. Previously taught Film studies at University of East Anglia and Photography theory at University of Lincoln. Currently delivering modules on Cult Film and Film and Material Culture. Specialism in gender and sexuality and Hollywood cinema and cinema cultures between 1920s and 1960s. Ellen’s website is :

#gender #sexuality #performativity #starstudies #classicalHollywoodcinema


I am Xuechen Zhao, a second-year PhD student from the University of Sheffield. My research aims to explore Chinese heterosexual men’s mobile dating experience in the UK. I have been interviewing Chinese heterosexual men in the UK who use dating apps about their profile construction ideas and views of masculinity. Although most Chinese men desire to build confident and positive masculinity on dating profiles, they admitted that they were still not confident about dating in the UK because of the size of genitals. According to my participants, the perception was based on pornography they had seen in which Chinese heterosexual men always had small and thin genitals compared to blacks and whites. Accordingly, men’s identity and masculinity formations are influenced by their perceptions of sexuality. My research will examine the relationship between Chinese masculinity and sexuality in the context of British mobile dating, which contributes to the discussion around men and sexuality.


Polina Zelmanova is currently completing her Masters by Research in Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick. She is interested in the representation and politics of sex and sexuality on screen as well as broader frameworks of queer and feminist screen studies. Her thesis research explores the sexual politics of coming-of-age films made by women. More broadly, she is attracted to work on the politics of the body on screen, pornography studies and feminist film festival practices.


ZHU Xinchen is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the College of Communication at National Chengchi University and also a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chinese Literature, National Cheng Kung University. He received his BA degree in Chinese Literature from Fujian Normal University and an MA degree in Theatre Studies from National University of Singapore. His research focuses on gender, sexuality and eroticism in Chinese-language cinema and Taiwanese intercultural theatre. His exposure to China, Singapore and Taiwan adds breadth to his research, most of which offers an intimate view into female desire and subjectivity in Chinese-language erotic cinema. His recent publications include: “Under Film Censorship: Party-State, Power and National Discourses in Reconstructing Female Film Stardom of Tang Wei” at the 9th Asian Conference on Media, Communication & Film (MediAsia, 2018), and “Sexual Politics in Japan Female-friendly Pornography” in the 7th Chinese Sexuality Conference (2019). He is currently writing his PhD dissertation on modernity and Taiwan erotic cinema from 1980 to the present day.