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SAC PhD Student Peter Alilunas

Lecturer I

Office Location(s): 6369 North Quad
Phone: 734-615-4472
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  • Fields of Study
    • Gender and sexuality
    • Pornography
    • Industry
    • Technology
    • Feminist and queer theory
    • Historiography
  • About

    A 2013 Ph.D. graduate in Screen Arts & Cultures at the University of Michigan, Peter is a former co-editor-in-chief of at the University of Texas at Austin and a co-editor of the Michigan Feminist Studies Journal.   

    Peter's dissertation, "Smutty Little Movies: The Creation and Regulation of Adult Video, 1976-1986," traces the industrial transition of the adult film industry from celluloid-based production and distribution to home video with the introduction of the Sony Betamax in 1976.  Arguing that this industrial transition was concomitant with a cultural shift in the regulation of gender and sexuality, this work examines the myriad ways in which adult video both triggered and contributed to a wide-ranging set of tensions and anxieties surrounding the understanding of mediated sexualities.  From legal constraints to community censorship efforts, alongside the internal re-framing of pornography as a "respectable" object, the story of the transition of adult film to home video offers much to larger histories of gender, sexuality, and technology.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., Screen Arts & Cultures, University of Michigan, 2013
    • M.A. in Media Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2008
    • B.A. in English, University of Oregon, 2006
  • Awards
    • SCMS Dissertation Award of Distinction for Ph.D. dissertation, "Smutty Little Movies: The Creation and Regulation of Adult Video, 1976-1986"
  • Selected Publications:
  • Articles