As promised we are returning with a description of the network’s envisioned aims and principles by which future collaborations among those who accept to participate will take place. This is a brief and purposefully open-ended description to allow for our collaborations to evolve based on the conscience and needs of the network’s members that will define their own research foci of attention.
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For all those interested in pursuing a long term collaboration we will set up a forum for discussion and information sharing.
There might be a change of heart too by some, which we regret- however we are very glad we met you all and had the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with you.
So here it goes:
The Porn Cultures and Policy Network aims to
a. Bring together scholars, policy makers, activists and the lay public with an interest in the dynamics and politics of the global porn industry as an international policy actor, transnational complex of consumers, global production and distribution mechanism.
b. Design and pursue research agendas that have clear international comparative foci but which allow a plurality of inter-multidisciplinary methods and analyses, as appropriate.
c. Pursue funding and other support by research councils, governments, charitable and other such organisations as appropriate with the aim to produce research that advances not only scholarly understanding of the global porn industry but also to better human life and with respect for human rights and sensitivity to gender issues and the rights of children and women.
d. Encourage dialogue among interested parties with the aim to identify common concerns and common intellectual, working and action ground among varying philosophical, empirical, academic and policy approaches.
PCPN argues that today’s global pornography industry is significantly different to the model active in the 1970-1990s in terms of its global reach, modes of production, links to sex trade and human trafficking and utilisation of communication technologies, political clout and relation to mainstream popular cultures.
PCPN recognises that national governments and policymakers face extreme difficulties in applying appropriate measures for the safeguarding of those concerned in the global porn industrial complex, not least based on the difficulty to maintain a balance between and among human rights, managing technological, economic and other challenges and reconsidering the conditions under which liberty, choice and agency can be maintained and exercised by vulnerable publics.
PCPN is concerned with the conditions under which the production of the global sexually explicit imagery takes place, the ways in which this produce is socialised, consumed and demanded and the long-term effects on human subjects and their political and cultural expression.
PCPN acknowledges that there are a variety of often conflicting approaches to the issue of pornography and maintains that dialogue and research agendas can complement each other. The central concern of the network is the study of pornography as a global industry in the era of global round-the-clock transactions, global mechanisms of distribution and consumption and intensified human mobility, whether forced or otherwise. Within this context PCPN is interested in exploring the conditions and cultures of alternative ways of expression and consumption of the sexually explicit imagery.
PCPN treats the subject of the pornography industry as one intrinsically linked to all realms of social, cultural, political and economic life.
Katharine Sarikakis (University of Leeds, UK)
Liza Tsaliki (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)