The Feminist Porn Conference: Call for Papers

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We are pleased to announce a Call for Papers and Presentations for The Feminist Porn Conference

About The Conference

The Feminist Porn Conference will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the University of Toronto as part of the 2013 Feminist Porn Awards. Feminists have been debating, studying, and creating pornography for decades, and the transformation of feminism, sexual politics, porn, and popular culture over the last decade has broadened the dialogue on this provocative topic. With the resurgence of anti-pornography feminist scholarship by Sheila Jeffries, Gail Dines, Pamela Paul, Robert Jensen, and others, the time has come to hear from progressive, anti-censorship, sex positive, and sex worker feminist voices.

This one day conference will bring together academics, cultural critics, sex workers, activists, fans, and producers to explore the intersections between feminism and pornography as well as the emergence of feminist porn as a genre, industry, and movement. It will be a part of The Good for Her Feminist Porn Awards, one of the largest gatherings of feminist pornographers in the world. We seek to raise awareness, pose critical questions, and incite dialogue about the shifting landscape of pornography and what roles we can play in it.

How has a new generation of people in the porn industry–who openly identify as feminist and own their own companies, direct and produce their own material, and/or take on politicized identities as sex worker performers–changed the way porn in produced and consumed? What does it mean to be a feminist who performs in, makes, distributes, and/or consumes porn? Are women and feminists working within or against the status quo? How have representations of the female body, gender, and sexuality shifted as a result of feminists and women making porn? How are marginalized women—including women of color, queer and trans women, disabled women, lower and working class women, fat women, and older women—imagined, represented, or marginalized in pornography? How are femininities and masculinities re-imagined in feminist porn? How do performers of color and minority performers address misogyny, racism, and inequality as workers in a predominantly white, male-dominated industry?

Call for Papers and Presentations
Deadline January 4, 2013

We welcome academics, scholars, researchers, students, activists, past and present sex workers, and others to submit proposals to present at the conference. We welcome scholars from different disciplines (including feminist studies, gender and sexuality studies, ethnic studies, film and media studies, sociology, and history). We are seeking proposals for individual papers, panels, or workshops on these broad themes investigated within the context of race, class, gender, and sexuality:

  • historical studies of pornography
  • the anti-porn feminist resurgence
  • representations of female pleasure and desire
  • concepts of desire, authenticity, and fantasy
  • LGBT, queer, genderqueer, and transgender pornographies
  • BDSM, fetish, kink, and rough sex on film
  • porn, sex work, labor rights, and equality
  • HIV/AIDS, STIs, and safer sex
  • the politics of porn
  • DIY pornographies, new technologies, internet economies
  • watching porn: viewership and fandom
  • constructions of ability, beauty, desirability, and body size
  • sex education in porn
  • feminist porn as genre, industry, or movement
  • practical, how-to workshops for performers, directors, and producers

Guidelines for Submission

Individual Papers: Submit an abstract of 350 words, a short bio, and contact information.

Panels: Panel coordinators should submit a 200-word rationale for the panel as whole. For each contributor, please submit a short bio and contact information. Panels should have three to four presenters and a moderator.

Workshops: Submit a workshop description, format, goals, presenter’s bio, and contact information.

Send proposals to: feministpornstudies at, Subject Line: FP Conference

5 Responses to “The Feminist Porn Conference: Call for Papers”

  1. MrsNaughtywed

    Need any pole dancers (aka acrobatic pole aerialists) for this event?