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[Commlist] CFP: Por(n), Sex + [Big] Data

Tue Sep 29 10:50:06 GMT 2020

                            Call for Papers

                        *  Por(n), Sex^2 + [Big] Data*
                               Porn Studies Journal

                            Guest edited by Rebecca Saunders

Deadline for Abstract Submissions of 500 words: 30^th October 2020

Deadline for finished articles: 8^th March 2021

Please send your abstracts and short bio to (r.i.saunders2 /at/ <mailto:(r.i.saunders2 /at/>

This special issue of Porn Studies considers the important relationship between big data and contemporary pornography and sex media. The cultural and political impact of big data, as well as the ethical implications of its collection and commodification, have been urgently researched within the fields of digital humanities, science and technology studies and digital sociology. This special issue turns these areas of inquiry, crucially, towards the analysis and understanding of contemporary sexuality and gender. Consuming pornography online and engaging with broader pornified media such as smart sex toys and dating apps generate data about how people desire, their socio-sexual interactions and the physiology of pleasure. As sexual culture in the digital North becomes thoroughly integrated with digital technologies and interfaces, the ethics, economics and politics of big data become central to examining the power relations and biopolitics of the sexual body in the twenty-first century.

This special issue invites academics, producers, activists and educators to explore the economic, cultural and political implications of the relationship between big data, pornography and sex tech. Important areas of inquiry include but are not limited to:

  * The cultural impact and economic uses of data gathering through
    online porn consumption
  * MindGeek and Pornhub Insights
  * Dating applications
  * Crip sex and big data
  * Smart sex toys
  * AI sex robots
  * The use of algorithms in sex tech
  * New materialism and embodiment
  * The datafied sexual self
  * Sexual self-care and health
  * Racialised components of big data collection in sexual technologies

Please send abstracts of up to 500 words and a short biographical note to (r.i.saunders2 /at/ <mailto:(rebecca.i.saunders2 /at/> by 30^th October 2020. Finished articles should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words and are due on the 8^th of March, 2021.

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