Sex, Media, Reception: New Approaches


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  • Host Department: Comparative Literature
  • Date: 02/14/2014
  • Time: 1:30PM - 7:00PM

  • Location: Space 2435 North Quad

  • Description:

    Registration is free and open to the public. For pre-registration please email


    FRIDAY, FEB 14
    NQ 2435

    1:30 Opening remarks

    1:45 – 3:15    Sites of Reception: From Drive-Ins to Cable
    Moderator: Candace Moore (Screen Arts and Cultures)
    John Vari (UT Austin): “Open Late for that Sexy Date: Exhibition and Reception at the Adult Drive-In Movie Theater”, David Church (Indiana): “This Thing of Ours: Heterosexuality, Recreational Sex, and the Survival of Adult Movie Theaters”, Luke Stadel (Northwestern): “Bedroom TV: Cableporn and the Shifting Site of American Television Reception, 1981-1985”

    3:30 – 5:00    Sex in the City
    Moderator: Gayle Rubin (Anthropology) (TBC)
    Ben Strassfeld (U Michigan): “’The Detroit Model’: Regulating Adult Businesses in the Motor City”, Philip Hallman (U Michigan): “Mapping Sex and the Motor City”, Noelle Griffis (Indiana): “Institutionalizing New York City Film Culture: Anti-Censorship Rhetoric meets Pornography Policy in John V. Lindsay's "Fun City"

    5:15 Keynote: Elena Gorfinkel (UW Milwaukee): “Watching ‘An Audience of Voyeurs’: Sexploitation and the Problem of Adult Film Reception”

    6:45 Reception