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[Commlist] Call for Papers - Pornographic Subjectivities: Sexuality, Race, Class, Age, Dis/Ability
Mon Oct 28 09:41:02 GMT 2019
Call for Papers
Pornographic Subjectivities: Sexuality, Race, Class, Age, Dis/Ability
Porn Studies Conference
XVIII Gorizia International Film Studies Spring School
Porn Studies Section
Gorizia (Italy), March 28th-31st, 2020
Deadline for proposals: December 31st, 2019.
The 2020 edition of the Porn Studies section of the MAGIS –
International Film Studies Spring School aims to investigate pornography
as a dispositive of subjectivation (Foucault 2001), that is as a complex
and heterogeneous assemblage of technologies, institutions, discourses,
practices, ideologies (Agamben 2009) able to create subjectivity through
«a mixed economy of power and knowledge» (Rabinow and Rose 2003). The
main goal of the section is therefore to understand what kind of
subjects are produced by pornography and how they are constructed, with
particular attention to the intersections between sexuality and race,
class, age, dis/ability.
Drawing loosely on Jacques Derrida’s philosophical reflections, we could
say that pornography-as-dispositive is informed by a
carno-phallogocentric logic, that is by «the scheme that governs the
production of the subject in Western culture» (1992). According to
Derrida, this subject is produced by means of a process of exclusion (of
other subjects) and through the construction of a structural Otherness.
Pornography has always established complex and contradictory relations
with this scheme. On the one hand, pornography (or, a specific kind of
pornography) seems to reiterate (and reinforce) the logic of
carno-phallogocentrism, in that it seems to create the quintessential
«sovereign subject»: white, male, heterosexual, able-bodied, young, and
(upper) middle-class. On the other, pornography (or, another kind of
pornography) seems to undermine the carno-phallogocentric scheme from
the inside, deconstructing some of the central nodes on which it is
based, building instead heterotopic spaces in which subjects seem to
develop new and decentralized subject positions.
With this in mind, we invite proposals that explore, but are not
restricted to, the following topics:
- pornographic representations of race, class, age, dis/ability, present
- pornographic stereotypes about race, class, age, dis/ability and their
«changing historical contexts» (Rosello 1998)
- «marked bodies» (Holmes 2012) in pornography
- re-appropriation of representation by decentralized subjects
- «oppositional modes of production and perverse viewerships» beyond
«the framework of visibility politics organized about the nexus of
positive-negative images» (Nguyen 2014)
- essentialist vs. constructivist readings of race, class, age,
dis/ability and naturalization vs. denaturalization of difference in
- fetishization of race, class, age, dis/ability in pornographic production
- industrial niches (such as, for instance, interracial, “chav porn”,
granny porn, disability porn, etc.) and commodification of race, class,
age, dis/ability within long-tail economy (Anderson 2004)
- stars and performers, present and past (for example, Jeannie Pepper,
Lexington Steele, Nina Hartley, Long Jeanne Silver, Brandon Lee, Asa
- specialized films, film series, websites, platforms channels and
categories on porn aggregators based on race, class, age, dis/ability.
The deadline for the submission of papers and panel proposals is
December 31st, 2019.
Proposals should not exceed one page in length. Please make sure to
attach a short CV (10 lines max).
The conference fee is €150.
Selected papers will be considered for an edited collection within the
book series “Mapping Pornographies: Histories, Geographies, Cultures”
(Mimesis International, Milan-London).
Address questions and proposals to: (goriziafilmforum /at/ gmail.com)
<mailto:(goriziafilmforum /at/ gmail.com)>, (e.biasin /at/ libero.it)
<mailto:(e.biasin /at/ libero.it)>, (g.maina /at/ gmail.com)
<mailto:(g.maina /at/ gmail.com)>, (federico.zecca /at/ uniba.it)
<mailto:(federico.zecca /at/ uniba.it)>.
The Porn Studies section of the Gorizia International Film Studies
Spring School (Italy) is now one of the most important conferences in
the field of porn studies, opening space for innovative approaches and
methodologies for investigating the relationships between sex, commerce,
media and technology. Drawing together the work of leading scholars from
around the world (including Peter Alilunas, Feona Attwood, Lynn Comella,
Kevin Heffernan, Peter Lehman, Alan McKee, John Mercer, Susanna
Paasonen, Eric Schaefer, Clarissa Smith, Thomas Waugh, Linda Williams)
as well as emerging scholars, the School has mapped a transformed
landscape of sexual representations and coordinated a new wave of
research. The section is also specifically focused on the relationship
between production and dissemination of knowledge and related
industrial/archival/artistic practices: artists, performers, archivists,
curators, and media practitioners in general have been involved in the
debate through screenings, curator talks, artist talks, and panel
discussions (among others, the School has hosted talks by directors such
as Bruce LaBruce, Ashley Hans Scheirl, Anna Span).
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