Professor Clarissa Smith
director, Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland; founding co-editor, Porn Studies journal

Professor Clarissa Smith has established an international reputation for research centred on sexual media and representations. She is interested in the different kinds of pornography across different technologies; in how people access and engage with pornographic materials and with other forms of sexualised products. She is also intrigued by the constant demands for increasing regulation and censorship. Clarissa has written about the problems of legislating against pornography and criminalising the imagination. She has also written about porn-star performances, the meanings of masochism in sexual storytelling, the idea of ‘authenticity’ in pornography, and how audiences speak about the sexual content they like. She is a founding co-editor of the journal Porn Studies.

Follow Clarissa on Twitter: @drclarissasmith


Sunday 14 October, 14:00 Frobisher Auditorium 1
Is porn corrupting sex?