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Colette Balmain, Kingston University, UK / @colettebalmain

Colette Balmain is a specialist in Asian cinemas and cultures, particularly East Asia. She is currently writing a book on East Asian Gothic Cinema and the second edition of An Introduction to Japanese Horror Film. Colette is interested in how gender, race and sexuality are represented in horror and gothic cinemas

#asiancinema #videogames #transnationalmedia #pornography

Ruth Beresford, University of Sheffield, UK / @rberesford

Ruth Beresford is a PhD student researching women’s experiences of pornography with a particular interest in how new methods of knowledge production can be developed for researching the field. She draws on feminist and participatory research methods which inform her Living With Porn(ography) project which has now launched. More details can be found via

#porn #feminism #participatoryresearch #experientialexpertise

Professor Lisa Downing, University of Birmingham, UK / @ProfLisaDowning

Lisa Downing is an author and academic, who is currently Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality at the University of Birmingham. She is the author of Desiring the Dead: Necrophilia and Nineteenth-century French Literature (2005), The Cambridge Introduction to Michel Foucault (2008) and The Subject of Murder: Gender, Exceptionality, and the Modern Killer (2013) and co-author of Film and Ethics: Foreclosed Encounters (2009)Her most recently published book is Fuckology: Critical Essays on John Money’s Diagnostic Concepts (co-authored with Iain Morland and Nikki Sullivan). She is now working on a new book tentatively entitled Selfish Women. In addition to publishing academic research, Lisa writes opinion pieces for magazines and newspapers including, most recently, the Times Higher Education. She has occasionally been known to write fiction, and she blogs when time permits at Sex Critical

#sexuality #perversion #socialpower #gender #sexology

Melissa Hair, Northumbria University, UK

Melissa Hair is a PhD candidate at Northumbria University. Her research is concerned with the on and off screen presence of women in contemporary American indie cinema, and examines the work of directors such as Miranda July, Lena Dunham and Nicole Holofcener. She has presented papers on the representation of abortion in American cinema and the construction of ‘quirky’ femininity in popular culture.

#indiecinema #independentcinema #femininity #feminism #womenandhollywood

Dr Neil Jackson, University of Lincoln, UK

Dr Neil Jackson is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Lincoln, UK. He is co-editor of Snuff: Real Death and Screen Media (2016) and his article on ‘Exhausted: John C Holmes the Real Story’ (1981) appears in Grindhouse: Cultural Exchange on 42nd Street and Beyond (edited by Austin Fisher and Johnny Walker 2016). He is currently preparing a study of the representation of the Vietnam War in exploitation cinema.

#hollywoodcinema #exploitationcinema #snuffmovies #trash #sexploitation #pornography

Sara Janssen, University of Kent, UK

Sara Janssen is a doctoral candidate in Film Studies at the University of Kent. Her current PhD research investigates contemporary alternative pornography as a form of cultural activism, with a particular focus on cinematic aesthetics. Her research interests include visual culture, sexuality studies, feminist and queer theory, aesthetics and theories of embodiment. She is the co-editor (with Mattias Frey) of a special issue of the journal Film Studies on Sex and the Cinema.

#queersexualities #pornography #aesthetics #body #affect

Darren Kerr, Southampton Solent University, UK / @xdkerr / @screeningsex

Darren Kerr is Senior Lecturer and Head of Film at Southampton Solent University. He is a member of the editorial board for Porn Studies, – the first international peer-reviewed journal dedicated to pornography. His research and publications have explored auto-erotic asphyxiation, paedophilia and 1970s porn culture. He is co-editor of Hard to Swallow: Hard-core Pornography on Screen (2012), Tainted Love: Screening Sexual Perversion (2017) and co-curator of Screening Sex. Darren has also written and published research on transnational horror, screen violence and literary adaptations of sexual deviancy.

#pornography #perversion #paedophilia #horror #violence #adaptation #sex #hardcore

Dr Wendy Leeks

wleeks789@btinternet. com

Retired academic specialising in psychoanalysis and queer theory. Published, a while back in those areas and those approaches to the paintings of Ingres. Retired, apparently, from the practice of queer sexuality, but I’m still thinking about it. Research interests currently Marilyn Monroe and Anna Freud, side-by-side – the queer undertow in the ‘life writing’ about these two women, and what this says about conceptions of femininity and female sexuality.

Professor John Mercer, Birmingham City University, UK

John Mercer is Professor of Gender and Sexuality at the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research at Birmingham City University. He is the author of of Gay Pornography: Representations of Sexuality and Masculinity (2017), Rock Hudson (2015) and co-author of Melodrama: Genre, Style, Sensibility (2005). I am co-editor of the Journal of Gender Studies, one of the editorial founders of Porn Studies and an editorial board member of Sexualities and Celebrity Studies. John has written about film and television genres, celebrity and stardom, the pornography debate, the sexualisation of contemporary media culture and contemporary masculinity. His research interests concern the politics of representation, in particular sexual representation, the connections between gay pornography and the making of a gay identity, the social and cultural construction of masculinities, performances of gender in the media and the wider culture, and melodrama, emotion and affect in the media and their gendered modes of address.

#sexualrepresentation #gaypornography #masculinity #gender #media

Sabrina Moro, Nottingham Trent University, UK. / @SabrinaMoroPhd

Sabrina Moro is a PhD candidate at Nottingham Trent University. Her thesis examines representations of sexual violence in the media, with a focus on rape narratives in TV series and anti-sexual assault celebrity advocacy. In conjunction with her studies, Sabrina leads workshops on depictions of sexuality, consent and gender in TV series.

#sexualassault #television #feminism #celebrityadvocacy

Professor Susanna Paasonen, University of Turku, Finland 

Susanna Paasonen is Professor of Media Studies at University of Turku, Finland. With an interest in Internet research, sexuality, affect theory, and media culture, she serves on the editorial boards of e.g. the journals New Media & Society, Social Media + Society and Sexualities. Susanna is most recently the author of Carnal Resonance: Affect and Online Pornography (2011), co-author of Not Safe for Work: Sex, Humor, and Risk in Social Media (forthcoming, with Kylie Jarrett and Ben Light), as well as co-editor of Working with Affect in Feminist Readings: Disturbing Differences (2010, with Marianne Liljeström) and Networked Affect (2015, with Hillis and Petit). Her two current book-length projects explore the dynamics of distraction and boredom connected to social media (with Michael Petit) as well as the applications of the notion of play in studies of sexuality.

#sexuality #affect #play #media #internet

Dr Donna Peberdy, Southampton Solent University, UK / @donnapeberdy / @screeningsex

Donna Peberdy is Senior Lecturer in Film and Television at Southampton Solent University. She is the author of Masculinity and Film Performance: Male Angst in Contemporary American Cinema (2011) and co-editor of Tainted Love: Screening Sexual Perversion (2017). Donna has written about acting and performance in contemporary US film and television, film noir, transnational cinema, voice and vocal performance, the performance of sex and sexuality, bipolar masculinity and celebrity autoerotic asphyxiation. She is particularly interested in the relationship between screen acting and the performance of identity. Donna also blogs from time to time at Improv: Reflections on Screen Acting and Performance

#acting #performance #identity #masculinity #sex #sexuality #perversion 

Caroline Ryan, Dublin City University, Ireland / @car_ireland

Caroline Ryan is a PhD researcher at Dublin City University. Her research focuses on the experiences of women working in the American porn industry and how these experiences are discussed by the feminist movement. This also involves examining the history of pornography and the relationship between power, sex and knowledge. She also holds an MA in Sexuality Studies.

#pornography #sexuality #culture #power #knowledge

Dr Maria San Filippo, Goucher College, Baltimore MA, US / @cinemariasf

Maria San Filippo is Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Goucher College, and author of The B Word: Bisexuality in Contemporary Film and Television (2013), which received a Lambda Literary Award. Her new book project examines sexual provocation in 21st century screen media.

#sexualities #feministtheory #queertheory #women #film #media

Professor Carol Siegel, Washington State University, Vancouver

Carol Siegel is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters on the representation of sexuality in literature, film, television, and popular music. Her book publications include Sex: Radical Cinema (2015), Goth’s Dark Empire (2005), New Millennial Sexstyles (2000), Male Masochism: Modern Revisions of the Story of Love (1995), Lawrence Among the Women: Wavering Boundaries in Women’s Literary Traditions (UP of Virginia, 1991) and the co-edited collections The Gay ’90s: Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Formations in Queer Studies (1997), Sex Positives?: The Cultural Politics of Dissident Sexualities (1997), Forming and Reforming Identity (1995), and Eroticism and Containment: News from the Flood Plain (1994). She also co-edits with Ellen E. Berry the online journal Rhizomes. Her current projects are a collection of essays co-edited with Lindsay Coleman – Sex and Excess on Film – and a monograph on the representation of Jewish sexualities in cinema and television.

Sarah Taylor-Harman, Brunel University London, UK / @s_taylor_harman

Sarah Taylor-Harman (née Harman) is a PhD candidate at Brunel University London, and her thesis focuses upon female sexual desire and the adaptations of The Story of O. She is co-editor of Screening Twilight: Critical Approaches to a Cinematic Phenomenon (2014) and editorial board member of Routledge’s journal Porn Studies. Her research interests include: adaptations; bad cultural objects; gender and sexuality; pornography; and sadomasochism. 

#adaptations #gender #feminism #porn #sadomasochism #sexuality

Connor Winterton, Birmingham City University, UK / @ralphhh94

Connor Winterton is currently a PhD researcher at the Birmingham School of Media, Birmingham City University. His thesis is concerned with the representation of ‘queer sex’ in contemporary American and European cinema, in a wave of filmmaking he labels ‘Neo-Queer Cinema’. The thesis will critically discuss what queer sex may be defined as, whilst also examining the stylistic and narrative representation of queer sex acts, and how they have or have not changed since the 1990s (or more precisely since New Queer Cinema). He is also currently writing a chapter on female heroines in Tarantino’s films (more specifically Kill Bill and Death Proof), which analyses on-line responses to the women in on-line spaces such as blogs and community forums.

#sexonscreen #contemporaryqueercinema #queersex #sexuality #gender #feminism