Sex, Sensibility and Cultural Provocation
In this talk Associate Professor Darren Kerr will be discussing his route into researching sex on screen.
A journey that began by tackling Shakespearean violence and continues with examining the politics of pornography and historically marginalised sexual cultures. Darren will discuss his experiences of researching controversial and culturally sensitive topics, which paved the way for the Screening Sex project – an initiative that produced screeningsex.com supported by a network of international scholars and a book series for original research which makes necessary interventions in understanding sex, society and the screen. The talk will highlight the importance of culturally provocative work, sex positive attitudes and present the recently launched Screening Sex charter supporting arts and cultural organisations.
Disclaimer: Please be aware that this talk will be covering subject matter appropriate for adult audiences only. Attendees will be required to be 18 years of age or older to attend.
Darren Kerr is Associate Professor of Sexual Cultures at Solent University, Southampton, UK. His publications include Hard to Swallow: Hard-core Pornography on Screen (2012) Tainted Love: Screening Sexual Perversions (2017) and he is series editor for the Screenings Sex book series with Edinburgh University Press. Darren co-leads the BAFTSS scholarly interest group on sex on screen and is co-curator of screeningsex.com, a public-facing academic blog with an international network that publishes short research articles, opinion pieces, interviews and book reviews. He is chair of Southampton’s longest running film education charity City Eye and is currently developing a research-informed charter to support arts and cultural organisations in pursuing better representations of sexual cultures, identities and politics.