Call for Presentations

Deadline for Proposals: December 23, 2013

Send proposals to: info [at] fpcon.org, Subject Line: FP Con Submission

We welcome academics, scholars, researchers, students, activists, past and present sex workers, directors, producers, performers, journalists, bloggers, cultural critics, fans, and others to submit proposals for academic and non-academic presentations on the following broad themes within the context of race, class, gender, ability, and sexuality:

  • historical studies of pornography
  • the anti-porn feminist resurgence
  • representations of female pleasure and desire
  • concepts of desire, authenticity, and fantasy
  • LGBT, queer, genderqueer, and transgender pornographies
  • BDSM, fetish, kink, and rough sex on film
  • porn, sex work, labor rights, and equality
  • HIV/AIDS, STIs, and safer sex
  • the politics of porn
  • DIY pornographies, new technologies, internet economies
  • watching porn: viewership and fandom
  • constructions of ability, beauty, desirability, and body size
  • sex education in porn
  • feminist porn as genre, industry, or movement

In addition, we seeks submissions for three other types of presentations:

Theory/Practice Conversations: This presentation format is designed to bring academics and non-academics into conversation with one another; it will feature 1-2 academics and 1-2 industry people in a discussion. Pairings will be based on where the worker’s identity, practice, and/or politics intersect with the academic’s research, scholarship, and/or politics.

Film Screenings: We will be screening short films, excerpts and clip shows, ideally accompanied by a Q&A with filmmakers or curators.

Business Presentations: This year, there is a track devoted entirely to workshops on the business of working in porn. These presentations will teach practical, real-world skills on various topics; for example, production and filmmaking, legal issues, marketing and branding, social media, affiliate programs and web-based technologies.

Description of Different Categories and Guidelines for Submission:

  1. Academic Presentations: Submit the title and a 350-word abstract of an individual paper along with a short author bio and contact information.
  2. Non-Academic Presentations: Submit presentation title and a 200-word description along with bios for each participant and contact information. This category includes workshops, panels, and facilitated discussions featuring activists, sex workers, directors, producers, performers, journalists, bloggers, cultural critics, and/or fans.
  3. Theory/Practice Conversations: Submit a title and 200-word description along with bios for each participant and contact information.
  4. Film Screenings: Submit title and 200-word description for short films, excerpts, or clip shows along with filmmaker/curator bio and contact information.
  5. Business Presentations: Submit a title and 200-word description along with bios for each participant and contact information.