BOOK REVIEW – SEX CULTURES

REVIEW OF SEX CULTURES BY AMIN GHAZIANI. Cambridge: Polity press, 2017 REVIEW BY JAMES LAWRENCE SLATTERY, UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER, UK Part of Polity Press’ ‘Cultural Sociology’ series, Sex Cultures is a recent book that sets out to give a clear and concise overview of the ways sexuality is forged through and interacts with historical and … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW – SEX CULTURES

BOOK REVIEW – PROSTITUTION AND SEX WORK IN GLOBAL CINEMA

Review of Prostitution and Sex Work in Global Cinema: New Takes on Fallen Women, eds. Danielle Hipkins and Kate Taylor-Jones. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. Review by Will Visconti, The University of Sydney, Australia Though the majority of the narratives addressed in Prostitution and Sex Work in Global Cinema are negative, pessimistic, or (at best) ambiguous … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW – PROSTITUTION AND SEX WORK IN GLOBAL CINEMA

BOOK REVIEW – Pornography: Structures, Agency, and Performance

Review of Pornography: Structures, Agency, and Performance by Rebecca Sullivan & Alan McKee, Polity Press 2015. (PB/HB). 219pp. REVIEW BY MARTIN FRADLEY, University of Brighton Has contemporary pornography lost its transgressive status, or does it remain the locus of conservative moral panic? A handful of media events as I was reading this book would suggest … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW – Pornography: Structures, Agency, and Performance

CFP – Edited Collection: Gender, Genre and the Body in Contemporary North American and European Film

Gender and the body are inextricably connected, and it could be argued that within any given filmic context, they are also closely related to genre and generic traditions. Moreover, genres often use genders, gender stereotypes and bodies in diverse and specific ways, and gender and its relationship to the body performs different functions in the context of any given genre. This collection aims to critically examine and interrogate the representation of the body and its relationship to both gender and genre in contemporary North American and European films.

CFP – Cine-Excess XIII: Independent Visions of Excess

Birmingham City University Presents: Cine Excess XIIIIndependent Visions of Excess7th-9th November 2019 - Birmingham City University (and related screening venues) Confirmed Guests of Honour:Jen and Sylvia Soska (Rabid [2019], American Mary)Norman J. Warren (Terror, Inseminoid) Keynote Speakers:Dr Stacey Abbott, Roehampton UniversityProfessor Ernest Mathijs, University of British Columbia Cine-Excess XIII is hosted by Birmingham City University and will feature a … Continue reading CFP – Cine-Excess XIII: Independent Visions of Excess

CFP – Screening #TimesUp: Exploring Rape Culture in Hollywood Film

Beginning in 2017, the #MeToo movement drew attention to the sexual assault, coercion, and harassment experienced by many individuals and especially women working in Hollywood. Over the last two years, actors have come forward to speak about their experiences, condemning the industry for silencing victims while safeguarding predators. This conversation about sexual conduct and safe … Continue reading CFP – Screening #TimesUp: Exploring Rape Culture in Hollywood Film

Speaking of Sexual Violence: A Provocation

During an introduction to a City Eye Southampton Film Week screening of The Rape of Recy Taylor (Nancy Buirski 2017) at Solent University in November 2018, a brief exchange ensued about how we overcome the difficulty of starting conversations that address challenging topics. This was not about how we actively tackle issues of sexual violence, racism and abuse but how do we even begin to talk about them in a way that is not divisive, insensitive or biased by our own cultural identities?