Sex History, Ethics, and Activism

Sex History, Ethics, and Activism

This event has finished Took place on: Monday, 15th Apr 2019

This is the keynote lecture of the 'Disruptive Sex' Conference taking place from April 15-16 and is open to people not attending the conference.

It is over ten years since British researcher and disability activist Mike Oliver coined the term ’emancipatory disability research’ to refer to a radical new approach to researching disability (Oliver, 1992).

Can we apply the same considerations to academics who write about sex work; specifically, researchers in historical studies? What does ethical sex work history research look like? Is traditional historical research in danger of mirroring and perpetuating the power relationships experienced by oppressed people in their day-to-day lives? This paper asks if researchers in the history of sex lag behind researchers in the social sciences when it comes to understanding how work serves to perpetuate stigma and damaging narratives.

Much historical research around sex work continues to locate the ‘problem’ within the impaired individual. Sex workers often report that research is an alienating experience for them – it is something that is done to them over which they have little or no control. How can historians construct an emancipatory sex work research model that does justice to their subject while supporting marginalised communities today? In short, how can those researching the past support those in the present?

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2019-04-15 2019-04-15 Europe/London Sex History, Ethics, and Activism This paper asks if researchers in the history of sex lag behind researchers in the social sciences when it comes to understanding how work serves to perpetuate stigma and damaging narratives. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2019/04/15/sex-history-ethics-and-activism-195689 London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine,Keppel Street,London,

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