The Organisers

s200_feona.attwoodFeona Attwood is Professor in Cultural Studies, Communication & Media at Middlesex University, UK.

Feona’s research is in the area of sex in contemporary culture; and in particular, sexual cultures; new technologies, identity and the body; and controversial media. Recent publications have focused on online sexual cultures, aesthetics, sex and the media, and public engagement. Feona is currently writing a book, Sex Media and Technology to be published by Edinburgh University Press.  Professor Attwood is the co-editor of Sexualities journal and founding co-editor of the journal Porn Studies.

Meg Barker PhotographDr. Meg John Barker is a writer, academic, counsellor and activist specialising in sex and relationships.

Meg is a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University and has published many academic books and papers on topics including non-monogamous relationships, sadomasochism, counselling, and mindfulness, as well as co-editing the journal Psychology & Sexuality. They were the lead author of The Bisexuality Report and are involved in running many public events on sexuality and relationships, including Critical Sexology. Meg is also a sex and relationship therapist, and their book and blog Rewriting the Rules addresses these matters on

Egan Photo 2R.Danielle Egan is Professor of Gender and Sexuality at St. Lawrence University, Canton, USA.

She is the author of Dancing for Dollars and Paying for Love: The Relationships Between Exotic Dancers and their Regular Customers (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006) and the co-authored book Theorizing the Sexual Child in Modernity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). Danielle’s new book, Becoming Sexual: A Critical Appraisal of Girls and Sexualization (Polity 2013)  examines  the assumptions and implications at the heart of popular literature on the sexualization of children.

  1609865_10153866856795354_917152882_nClarissa Smith is Professor of Sexual Cultures in the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, part of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media at Sunderland University.

Clarissa’s research interests relate to sex, sexual identities and sexual representations in contemporary culture; publications include One for the Girls! The Pleasures and Practices of Porn for Women (Intellect) and the co-authored Studying Sexualities: Theories, Representations, Cultures (Palgrave). A member of the editorial boards of Journal of Gender Studies, Sexualities and Participations, Clarissa is also the founding co-editor of Porn Studies. Website:;