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Researcher Network Conference

Why does research matter?  Who does it matter to? What is the significance and the impact of what we do?  This conference will explore the many different ways that our research makes a difference.

There has been no scholarly attention examining the photographic portraits that sex workers post online. My doctorial research is an academic first and aims to provide a critical analysis of sex workers’ visual self-representation using a mixed methodological approach. This research matters beyond academia, it matters to the networked global sex working community that is fighting for the right to exist in online spaces. My research has the power to reshape the hegemonic visual representation that encourages the sense that the only way of interpreting their lives is to see them as ripe for ‘rescue’.  

Visual arts-based research can be a form of and inform activism, this is imperative in times of censorship of transgressive sex cultures and the eviction of sex workers from the open internet. This necessitates academic research into user-generated visual data created by sex workers. The visual stereotyping through art, media and cinema acts as a blindfold that enables people to forget that sex workers are individual human beings like everyone else.  Sex workers are now image-makers and have a voice of their own however photography is often dismissed as irrelevant and maliciously, perhaps dangerously, is used to silence the voices, actions, feelings, and rights of sex workers.

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to May 19

A Decriminalised Future: Sex Workers’ Festival of Resistance.

I am a guest panellist for the SWARM conference in May: A Decriminalised Future: Sex Workers’ Festival of Resistance is the SWARM 10 year anniversary celebration

Sex Workers' Festival of Resistance: A Decriminalised Future is a four day event of panels, workshops, art, films and discussion for sex workers and our allies. It features a two day public conference on the 18th and 19th of May discussing a wide range of topics that impact on sex workers, and that connect and intersect with sex worker rights organising.

This festival is planned as a celebration of 10 years of SWARM (formerly SWOU) activist organising. It is an opportunity for us to reflect on our history and our achievements and come together to honour the many years of work that have gone into building the SWARM collective. It is also an occasion for us to continue building, renewing and discovering the connections and bonds we have with other social, labour and movement struggles.

Themes and topics that will be explored at the conference include: decriminalisation, transfeminism, policing, prisons, migration, austerity, healthcare, resilience, researching sex work, trafficking, working with sex workers, technology and surveillance, the Nordic Model, experiences of sex workers of colours,  exploring radical histories, disability, pornography, the future of work, artists and the body, visibility and representation, community organising, systemic violence, unions, activism, imagining feminist futures...

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On the 19th, from 14.30-16.00.

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