Economies of Desire (Research Seminar)

Research seminar, co-organised by IIPC

Economies of Desire: Media, Youth and Sexuality

University of Turku

Friday, April 26, 2013

Janus Auditorium, Sirkkala, Kaivokatu 12 (entrance also on Sirkkalankatu side)

10:15 to 17

Debates on the sexualisation of culture, and that of media culture in particular, have been underway since the 1990s. Concern has been voiced particularly on the effects of sexual imagery on children and the youth, the increased accessibility of pornography, the exchange of sexually explicit photos and videos among teenagers and the sexualisation of children’s clothing.

The seminar, Economies of Desire: Media, Youth and Sexuality, revisits these debates while expanding their focus to the lived experiences of young people, to theorizations of body image, affect and desire, as well as to the challenges that sexual or pornographic imageries pose in and for media education.




10:15–10:30 Welcome: Susanna Paasonen (University of Turku)


10:30–11:15 Bringing the image to life: Affect, intensity and proximity

Rebecca Coleman (Lancaster University)


11:15–12:00 Sexual Images as Body Image Therapy: Pitfalls and Possibilities

Katariina Kyrölä (Stockholm University)


12:00–13:00 Lunch


13:00–13:45 Intimacy re-defined: sexual performances and the urge of posing on social network sites

Kaarina Nikunen (University of Tampere)


13:45–14:30 Abuse! Childporn! Paedophilia! Fashion advertising as the laboratory of affective reactions

Annamari Vänskä (Stockholm University)


14:30–15:00 coffee


15:00–15:45 Media education in the age of pornofication

Reijo Kupiainen (Aalto University)


15:45–16:30 ‘“It’s for wanking! Doh!”: Young People Talking Back to Porn Researchers’

Feona Attwood (Middlesex University)

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