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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 Worcester, UK / @katiesmallg

Katie Barnett is a lecturer in Film Studies and Media & Culture at the University of Worcester, 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

Ruth Beresford, University of Sheffield, UK / @rberesford

Ruth Beresford is a PhD student researching 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 which inform her Living With Porn(ography) project which has now launched. More details can be found via

#porn #feminism #participatoryresearch #experientialexpertise

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

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

Lynn Comella, Ph.D. is an associate 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

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 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.

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 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

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

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.

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 Mini, University of Southern California, US

Darshana Mini is a PhD Candidate at the Cinema and Media Division at the University of Southern California. Her dissertation project looks at Indian cinema’s relationship to sexuality, import policy and censorship by tracking the emergence of the South Indian state of Kerala as a hub of soft-core pornography. She examines how the genre of soft-porn cinema emerged as a subversive form in the late 90s by contravening Government prohibition on the circulation of sexual content. Using multi-sited ethnography, she seeks to examine the ways in which soft-porn films negotiated debates on sexuality and obscenity in India’s contentious mediascape.

#feministporn #gender #sexuality #southasianmedia

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 

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

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

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 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

Catherine Scott / @CathScottAuthor

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connor Winterton, Birmingham City University, UK / @ralphhh94

Connor Winterton is currently a PhD researcher at the Birmingham School of Media, Birmingham City University. His thesis is concerned with the representation of ‘queer sex’ in contemporary American and European cinema, in a wave of filmmaking he labels ‘Neo-Queer Cinema’. The thesis will critically discuss what queer sex may be defined as, whilst also examining the stylistic and narrative representation of queer sex acts, and how they have or have not changed since the 1990s (or more precisely since New Queer Cinema). He is also currently writing a chapter on female heroines in Tarantino’s films (more specifically Kill Bill and Death Proof), which analyses on-line responses to the women in on-line spaces such as blogs and community forums.

#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