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PORN STUDIES Call for Papers: Porn Goes To College

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Porn Studies Forum – Porn Studies (Routledge)

The Porn Studies Forum is a regular section of Porn Studies that provides a space for timely responses to issues and developments within the academic study of pornography. We encourage provocative and open-ended short pieces of 500-1,500 words (including notes). Especially encouraged are works from performers who are students, academics who might teach porn, and short essays dealing with timely or provocative issues. 

Call for Papers: Porn Goes to College

The media frenzy surrounding Belle Knox, the “Duke University Freshman Porn Star,” as the press has described her, has drawn pointed attention to the intersection of pornography and college life, including issues of privacy, stigma, empowerment, and the sexual double standard. There’s nothing new, however, about pornography’s relationship to, and presence on, college campuses. In the late eighties, author and “sexpert” Susie Bright presented her traveling road show “How to Read a Dirty Movie” at colleges across the US; and since the early 1990s, Professor Constance Penley has taught a course on the history of pornography, in which she encourages students to think about pornography as they would any other film genre and media industry. Anti-pornography slide shows and documentaries are regularly screened in college lecture halls as part of the standard curricula in many courses, while porn performers and directors are routinely invited to speak on college campuses about their experiences in the adult industry, sometimes drawing criticism and generating controversy in the process.

Submissions that address the following topics are welcome:

  • Performer experiences with balancing sex work and school; public personas and privacy
  • Teaching pornography in the college classroom
  • Studying pornography from the student perspective
  • Navigating institutional cultures which might not be hospitable to discussions about pornography
  • Campus controversies involving pornography
  • Organizing or attending campus events, lectures, and screenings of pornography
  • Porn pedagogy

(UPDATE – EXTENDED DEADLINE is July 15th)
Completed submissions are due July 15, 2014, and should be uploaded to mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rprn. Please direct questions and inquiries to Lynn Comella at lynn.comella@unlv.edu.

April 2, 2014

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