About


Ummni Khan, Associate Professor in the Department of Law and Legal Studies, Joint Chair in Women’s Studies (Carleton University and University of Ottawa), and winner of the 2016 FPA Research Excellence Award presents a full-day symposium in her area of research exploring the relationship between law and sexuality.

Ummni Khan

Ummni Khan

This full-day symposium engages with historical and current controversies relating to sexual representation. Experts in the feminist pornography debates of the 80’s and 90’s will provide historical, cultural and legal context, and consider how those debates inform contemporary struggles over issues like ‘sexting’, ‘revenge porn’ and ‘sex work.’  Blending critical analysis with creative expression, the symposium also features artist-scholars who will offer performances and insight on the role of erotica as empowerment, pleasure and resistance. The day will conclude with a video-viewing and conversation with members of the Kiss & Tell collective, whose sexually explicit photographic exhibition, Drawing the Line, made a key intervention into the Canadian sex wars. Download the event program.

Presenters include Brenda Cossman, Karen Busby, Trish Salah, Lara Karaian, Patrizia Gentille, Lizard Jones, Susan Stewart, Casey Mecija, Anna-Aude Caouette  and Ummni Khan. You can read all of the presenter bios here.

kiss and tell

1991 Kiss &Tell Susan Stewart (Photographer) in collaboration with Persimmon Blackbridge and Lizard Jones

 

This event is sponsored by the Joint Chair in Women’s and Gender Studies, the Faculty of Public Affairs, the Faculty of Arts and Social Science, the Department of Law and Legal Studies, the Sexuality Studies Minor Program, Canadian and Indigenous Studies, and is a part of FPA Research Month.

Registration for this event is now full. You can complete the form below to be added to the waiting list.