Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University, 1250 Guy Street, FB 319,Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3H 2T4

Mailing address: Gem Lab, School of Cinema, FB 319, Concordia University, 

1455 Maisonneuve BLVD. West, Montreal, QC Canada, H3G 1M8

 

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Porn Studies Reading Group

 

Over the course of the Fall semester, a diverse group of researchers from the departments of Humanities, Film Studies and Communications will meet in order to exchange their passion, research and knowledge on the field of porn studies. Inspired by the genre's visual histories, its perennial marginal status within academia, as well as its evident centrality in current political, technological and material discourses, the group aims to build upon the porn studies curriculum already in place in the departments of Film Studies and Communications. So far, the questions that the group has examined through biweekly discussions were directed at recent theoretical interest on pornographic affect, labor, spectatorship and representation, as well as the genre's relationship to the rhetoric of pathology and panic.

 

The porn studies group aims to solidify this interest and open up the conversation on pornography for the greater Concordia community, with the Global Emergent Media Lab hosting the project. As a nurturing environment for the investigation of different media practices, both mainstream and alternative, the Lab serves an opportune hub for a reading group centering on porn through the general frameworks of media and cultural studies. Bearing in mind Montreal's centrality in the contemporary production and distribution of pornography through companies such as MindGeek, and Concordia's Strategic Directions which emphasize global thinking through endeavors based in local trends (particularly the mandate "Embrace the city, embrace the world"), the coordinators and members of the reading group recognize the GEM Lab as a strategic location from which these institutions can be examined.

 

The reading group will meet each time at 6:00pm until 8:00pm

 

If interested in participating in the porn studies group, please contact Nikola Stepić or Rebecca Holt at nikola.stepic@concordia.ca or reba.s.holt@gmail.com

 

Winter 2019 Calendar:

 

Week 1 (January 31): Archives 
Cait McKinney, “Body, Sex, Interface: Reckoning with Images at the Lesbian Herstory Archives” (Ylenia)
Keilty, Patrick Keilty, “Carnal Indexing.” Knowledge Organization 44(4): 265-272. (Maggie) 

 

Week 2: (February 21):  Sex work/Reception
Hosted by: Matthieu, Grace, and Aurelie 

 

Week 3: (March 14) Queer Studies 
Hosted by: Nikola, Edo, and Brian

 

Week 4: (April 4) Critical Data/Platform Studies 
Hosted by: Antonia, Maggie, Becky

 

Week 5: (Wednesday, April 24) Transnational Porn Studies
Hosted by: Edo and Brian

 

Fall 2018 calendar:

September 27: Porn and Pedagogy (Jump Cut Special Issue, 1996)

Curry, Ramona, ‘Media Scholars Teaching Pornography: Stepping Across Broadway’, Jump Cut, 1996, 114–18

Kane, Kate, ‘Teaching the Body Course’, Jump Cut, 1996, 132–126

Kleinhans, Chuck, ‘Teaching Sexual Images: Some Pragmatics’, Jump Cut, 1996, 119–22

 

October 18: The Aesthetics of Porn

Koch, Gertrude, ‘On Pornographic Cinema: The Body’s Shadow Realm’, trans. by Jan-Christopher Horak, Jump Cut, 1990, 17–29

Williams, Linda, ‘Film Bodies: Gender, Genre, and Excess’, Film Quarterly, 44 (1991), 2–13

 

November 8: Porn and Power

Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong, ‘Screening Pornography’, in Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics (Cambridge, Massachusetts London: The MIT Press, 2006), pp. 77–128

Hansen, Christian, Catherine Needham, and Bill Nichols, ‘Skin Flicks: Pornography, Ethnography, and the Discourses of Power’, Discourse, 11 (1989), 64–79

 

November 29: Reading Porn

Beauvoir, Simone de, ‘Must We Burn Sade?’, in Political Writings, ed. by Margaret A Simons and Marybeth Timmermann, 2017, pp. 37–102

Sontag, Susan, ‘The Pornographic Imagination’, in Styles of Radical Will (New York: Picador USA, 2002), pp. 35–73

Ullén, Magnus, ‘Pornography and Its Critical Reception: Toward a Theory of Masturbation’, Jump Cut, 2009

 

December 13: TBD

 

 

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