14 February 2014: Rethinking Foucault for 21st-Century Sexuality Studies

Organized by Lisa Downing; held at the University of Birmingham.
This is the inaugural “Critsex in the Midlands” event.

Live tweets of this session can be found here.

Voice recordings of the three talks can be found here.


Dr Romana Rosalie Byrne (PhD graduate of School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, Australia, author of the forthcoming book, Aesthetic Sexuality, which will be publicized at the event)
“Foucault’s Elusive ars erotica and the Case of Aesthetic Sexuality”

Dr Oliver Davis (Associate Professor, French Studies, University of Warwick)
Provisional title: “Foucault Tomorrow: Codicil for a Queer Pharmatopia”

Dr Emma Foster (Lecturer in International Politics and Gender, University of Birmingham)
Provisional title: “Foucault, Sexuality, and Sustainable Development”


Prof. Lisa Downing (Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality, University of Birmingham, and author of The Cambridge Introduction to Michel Foucault, 2008)

30 May 2014: Sex Critical Approaches to Pornography

A guest-organized session convened by Prof. Feona Attwood & Dr Helen Hester, Middlesex University.


Dr Helen Hester, Middlesex University: ‘What’s So Critical About Sex Critical Approaches to Pornography?’

Dr Giovanna Maina, University of Sunderland: ‘Cabaret Desire: Critical Reception of Feminist Porn’

Dr Stephen Maddison, University of East London:  ‘Pornographic Enterprise: Immaterial Sex and Compulsory Pleasure’

Dr. Lucy Neville, Middlesex University: ‘”I don’t want to be presented as some sort of freak-show… but you’re ‘one of us'”:  Researching women’s engagement with gay male erotica from within the community’


Prof. Lisa Downing, University of Birmingham

Sarah Harman, Brunel University