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Sent: 23 October 2012 17:18 Please see the CFP for a panel at the Lavender Languages Conference to be held Feb. 15- 17 at American University in Washington DC. Lavender Languages is an sociolinguistic and anthropological conference dealing primarily with LGBTQ research. Please see the following hyperlink for more information. http://www.american.edu/cas/anthropology/lavender-languages/ Please submit paper proposals directly to me, Brian Adams-Thies, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit proposals by Nov. 15th. Session: Porn, Porn, Porn Lavender Languages 20 Panel Organizer: Brian Adams-Thies, Asst. Professor of Anthropology, Drake University Pornography of all kinds has been studied, discussed, celebrated and persecuted from numerous perspectives. Academics have been asked to read pornography as text and then later asked to stop reading porn as text. We speak of audience reception of porn and also attempt to decode the visual. We attempt to contexualize porn in specific manners while avoiding other manners of contextualization. We hear of the "pornification" of societies; the dangers of porn; the addictive nature of porn and the supposedly inherent misogyny of porn. Bareback gay porn has expanded immensely in the past decade and now includes such major porn producers as Sean Cody. In response to the fetishization of the barebacker (gay and straight), legislators in California now demand that all porn involve the use of a condom. The psychological make-up of porn performers has been debated and popularly porn actors are deemed somehow emotionally lacking and psychologically unstable (especially the cannibalistic gay porn stars from Canada). These ideas infuse the research of porn in a myriad of ways and create specific challenges and opportunities for researchers. The focus of this session is to question and critique where porn studies have been and where we are going. What are the limitations of previous research strategies and cultural perspectives? What are the lacunae in porn studies? What are the challenges of studying pornography and what methods can we deploy to better study porn? Further inquiries might include ethnographic interventions into porn studies; how porn is used socially by various communities; the challenge of "ethical research" "protecting human subjects" and studying porn (this is back to the question of methodology); what are the boundaries of porn studies and do we want to usurp those boundaries. Dr. Brian Adams-Thies, PhD Assistant Professor of Anthropology Department for the Study of Culture and Society Drake University