Beyond The Sheets: Sexualities in the Age of Digital Reproduction


The representation of sexuality within culture has become deeply contested. Sexual imagery is ubiquitous in contemporary media, and yet writers often struggle to write convincingly about sex. The internet has democratised pornography, exotic dancing is the new jazzercise; many are concerned that childhood is being sexualised while others lament that adulthood is being neutered. Within this atmosphere, writing about sex remains notoriously difficult. In this interdisciplinary series, we will bring together writers and thinkers and includes academic papers, discussion panels, performances, and all forms of creative writing.

Podcasts in this series

Sexual Hearsay In The Discourse Around Malcolm X

Khary Polk

Khary Polk writes about race, sexuality, and the movement of African American soldiers around the world. He is Assistant Professor of Black Studies & Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies at Amherst College. Polk received his PhD in American Studies from New York University, and has published in Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity Objectification, and the Desire to Conform,Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, Women’s Studies Quarterly,The Studio Museum in Harlem, If We Have To Take Tomorrow, Corpus,The Journal of Negro History, and Think Again. His current book project is Subaltern Soldiers: Race, Sexuality, and American Militarism, 1898-1948.

Sun, 27 Apr 14 2

The Erotic Imagination

Michele Roberts

MICHÈLE ROBERTS is the author of twelve highly acclaimed novels, including The Looking Glass and Daughters of the House which won the WH Smith Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Her memoir Paper Houses was BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week in June 2007. She has also published poetry and short stories, most recently collected in Mud-stories of sex and love (2010). Half-English and half-French, Michèle Roberts lives in London and in the Mayenne, France. She is Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.

Sun, 13 Apr 14 2