SCMS CONFERENCE PANEL PROPOSAL: “THE PEDAGOGY OF PORNOGRAPHY: THE CURRENT AND FUTURE STATUS OF PORN STUDIES IN ACADEMIA”

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The anti-porn position from the feminist sex wars of the 1980s arguably never left, and in fact emerged anew in the 2000s, making many of the same claims of detriment as before. And although sociologists, historians, ethnographers, literary, film and media scholars have studied pornography as a cultural object since then, the practice is still regarded precariously, if not outright stigmatized.Of the approximately fifty courses offered in the US that include a pornographic component, few devote their attention solely to pornography as a genre and an industry. The fact that Routledge recently announced the formation of the scholarly journal Porn Studies simultaneously points to the increased desire but also limited number of venues for developing rich porn scholarship. Despite the many challenges to the legitimacy of studying pornography, several graduate students and junior faculty have expressed growing interest in critically engaging it. This panel seeks to address the current status of porn studies as an academic formation, and specifically to attend to the institutional limitations and professional anxieties that surround it, as well as to suggest modes of resistance to engender a more robust study of it. Living after the world economic crisis, where austerity rules and states like North Carolina have threatened to tax “non-useful” majors like Women’s Studies and Philosophy, this panel seeks to turn the question of “Why study pornography?” into “Why not?”
Possible Topics could include:

 

  • Working with departments and universities to develop research and classes on pornography
  • Strategizing dissertation topics on pornography
  • Considering present and future venues for publishing in porn studies, as well as tracking trends in the deployment of porn within current academic production
  • Devising pedagogical strategies for teaching porn in the classroom
  • Developing the interventions of porn studies into cultural, social, national, ethnographic, aesthetic, economic, media, film, feminist, queer, and political analyses.

If interested in participating, please send a 250 – 300 word abstract to John Stadler (john.stadler@duke.edu) by August 15, 2013.

The 2014 Society for Film and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference will be held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Wednesday March 19-Sunday March 23

2 Responses to “SCMS CONFERENCE PANEL PROPOSAL: “THE PEDAGOGY OF PORNOGRAPHY: THE CURRENT AND FUTURE STATUS OF PORN STUDIES IN ACADEMIA””

  1. Nels P. Highberg (@drnels)

    When and where is this conference taking place?

    • Constance Penley

      The 2014 Society for Film and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference will be held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Wednesday March 19-Sunday March 23.

      Thanks for your question. The date and location of the SCMS conference has now been added to the announcement.