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    Visual histories of sex: collecting, curating, archiving

    Bauer, Heike and Pappademos, M. and Sutton, K. and Tucker, J. (2022) Visual histories of sex: collecting, curating, archiving. [Editorial/Introduction]

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    Increased access to visual archives and the proliferation of digitized images related to sexuality have led a growing number of scholars in recent years to place images and visual practices at the center of critical historical inquiries of sexual desire, subjectivity, and embodiment. At the same time, new critical histories of sexual science serve both to expand the temporal and geographical frames for investigating the historical relationships of sex and visual production, and to generate new lines of inquiry and reshape visual studies more broadly. The contributors to this issue invite us to ask: What new questions and challenges for the study of sex and sexual science are posed by critical studies of the visual? How are new visual methodologies that focus on archives changing the contours of historical knowledge about sex and sexuality? What—and where—are new methodologies still needed? “Visual Archives of Sex” aims to illuminate current research that centers visual media in the history of sexuality and that interrogates contemporary historiographies.


    Item Type: Editorial/Introduction
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): archives, sex, sexual science, visual studies, pornography
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Heike Bauer
    Date Deposited: 24 May 2022 09:18
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:52


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