Sex work

Event Date: 22 – 24 June 2017
Birkbeck, University of London
Birkbeck Main Building
Torrington Square
London WC1E 7HX

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities in collaboration with British Comparative Literature Association, Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality (BiGS), the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, and Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics (MaMSIE) presents:

Feminist Emergency – International Conference

Panel 11:

Sex work

Across the world, in recent years, there have been changes in legal and social approaches to the activities that fall under the title prostitution or sex work, including decriminalisation of those selling sex, criminalising the purchase of sex, condemnation of prostitution as a violation of human dignity and the establishment of unions of sex workers for campaigning on labour rights and de-stigmatisation. Sex work is in large part gendered, with a huge majority of sex workers female, while most buyers are male. This panel reviews the 2017 Home Affairs Select Committee report into Prostitution and the government response to it, from the perspective of those involved or interested in the industry. Voice will be given to critical reflection on the interrelations of race and feminist concerns with sexual labour, as well as evaluating the type of work that sex work might be, and the relationship between feminisms and activisms, in the service of social justice for sex workers, will be explored.
Charity Ann (Sex Worker and Activist)
Angela Dimitrakaki (Edinburgh College of Art)
Maggie O’Neill (University of York)
Laura Watson (Spokeswoman for the English Collective of Prostitutes)
Chair: Julia Laite (Birkbeck, University of London)



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