Athens – Call For Papers

Call for papers is now closed.

We invite papers for a one-day symposium on the global sexually explicit imagery on 30 September 2008, in Athens.

The symposium is intended as a forum that will explore the ways in which the sexually explicit imagery is socialised through technological, political economic, cultural and other processes. The symposium aims at bringing together scholars working on the broader field of pornography in order to explore, analyse and articulate the need to review and revisit academic, political and cultural understandings of pornography and analyse law and policy based responses to its changing nature, as a global media industry, a form of cultural product with global reach and power to shape meaning and values, as well as an actor affecting public policy. The symposium aims to facilitate the possibility for collaborative research agendas and policy analysis and intervention and is organised within the framework of the British Academy funded project, managed by Katharine Sarikakis (University of Leeds) and Liza Tsaliki (University of Athens).

We welcome contributions from scholars from around the world and various backgrounds (political science, media and cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, gender studies etc.). We are interested in papers that involve theoretical, empirical work or work in progress, comparative or case studies, meta-analytical as well as speculative approaches.

Topics can address a number of areas, including:

-socialisation of youth through porn and porn-defined popular culture and genres (. pornorap; suggestive advertising etc) -political economic dimensions of the global pornography industry: labour conditions,; mergers, new geographies of production and consumption

– intellectual property and control over image/profits related issues

– processes of mainstreaming of pornography: tactics, strategies, channels, profits, connection to mainstream media and culture

– conditions of production and consumption and impact on citizenship and democracy

– links to the broader sex industry: human trafficking, sexual slavery, human vulnerability and prostitution, sex clubs etc

– policies and laws on ANY of the aforementioned issues as linked to the production and consumption of the sexually explicit imagery/pornography in national and global contexts -theoretical/analytical  interventions on terms, conceptualization of problematique, frameworks of policy and law
-possibilities, strategies and practices of resisting the spread, impact and effects of the pornography industry -women’s and children’s position in the context of global imagery trade; class and gender, technology and power

Please send a 500 word abstract and a short biographical note, accompanied by contact details and affiliation by 15 June 2008 to Dr. Katharine Sarikakis, Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds (k.sarikakis’at’leeds.ac.uk ), and Dr Liza Tsaliki, Faculty of Communication and Media Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (etsaliki’at’media.uoa.gr)
There are limited places for this symposium.

Symposium fees: 80 Euros.