Contact: Jennifer DePoe, Good for Her Feminist Porn Awards, Jennifer@goodforher.com
Tristan Taormino, The Feminist Porn Conference, email@example.com
TORONTO, October 23, 2013—Good for Her, Tristan Taormino, and The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies announced the dates and submission deadlines today for The 2014 Feminist Porn Awards and The 2nd Annual Feminist Porn Conference.
The 9th Annual Feminist Porn Awards will be held April 3 and 4, 2014 in Toronto. The events include a screening of nominated films with directors, producers, and performers in attendance as well as the Feminist Porn Awards Gala at the Capitol Theatre. The Awards have been celebrating diverse sexuality, desire, and ethically produced porn since 2006. They offer audiences an alternative to mainstream porn and access to provocative sexy films that are sometimes not available to a wider audience.
“We’re very excited about receiving this year’s submissions. Every year we have an even more diverse group of films by people of all sexes, genders, bodies and desires to share with our growing audience. We look forward to seeing what expanded feminist expressions of porn look like on screen, and seeing more locally produced films,” says Carlyle Jansen, founder of Good for Her and The Feminist Porn Awards. The deadline for submissions to the Feminist Porn Awards is January 17, 2014.
The 2nd Annual Feminist Porn Conference will take place April 5 and 6, 2014, at the University of Toronto. The deadline to submit presentation proposals is December 23, 2013. The Feminist Porn Conference brings together academics, students, cultural critics, sex workers, activists, fans, performers, directors, and producers to explore the intersections between feminism and pornography as well as feminist porn as a genre, industry, and movement. The conference includes sessions devoted to both academic and non-academic presentations, film screenings, a keynote talk, and networking time. In addition, this year there will be a business track featuring workshops on production and filmmaking, legal issues, marketing and branding, social media, affiliate programs, and web-based technologies.
“I’m thrilled to return to the University of Toronto for the conference. Last year’s event exceeded all my expectations, and I look forward to expanding to two days of programming this year,” says Tristan Taormino, founder and producer of The Feminist Porn Conference. “Plus, with generous support from The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, we were able to move to a fully accessible building on campus.”
The internationally recognized institute is currently led by Julia Heiman, who has been director since 2004. After two terms, Heiman is stepping down from the director’s position to return to her faculty position in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at IU Bloomington. The search committee is launching an international search for the institute’s next leader.
“The Kinsey Institute is one of IU Bloomington’s most well-known research centers, with a long and storied history of providing insight to the research community and the world,” said Lauren Robel, provost of IU Bloomington and executive vice president. “Julia Heiman has been an outstanding advocate for Kinsey over the last 10 years, and I am confident that the search committee will identify a new director who will further the institute’s extraordinary legacy.”
The Kinsey Institute was established in 1947 by the late Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey, a professor of zoology at IU Bloomington. Since then, The Kinsey Institute, which is supported by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at IU Bloomington, has been a trusted source for research and information regarding critical research issues in sex, gender and reproduction. The Kinsey Institute collections encompass print materials, film and video, fine art, artifacts, photography and data from six continents. Its holdings span more than 2,000 years of human history. In 2004, the institute’s founder was the subject of the Hollywood film, “Kinsey.”
The interdisciplinary research questions pursued at The Kinsey Institute are related to the areas of psychology, neuroscience, biology, gender studies, public health, sociology, behavioral sciences and other fields — a research portfolio that reflects the complexities of studying sexual interests, sexual behaviors and sexual health.
“The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is committed to supporting sex research conducted at The Kinsey Institute,” said Sarita Soni, the vice provost for research at IU Bloomington. “The institute’s interdisciplinary research has great potential to draw faculty and students from across the campus, the university and the world. I am certain we will find a new leader who will further develop the Kinsey Institute’s research portfolio.”
The members of the search committee are:
- Chair: Brad Wheeler, vice president for information technology and CIO, professor of information systems, IU Kelley School of Business
- Ellen Ketterson, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
- Lynn Luckow, president and CEO, LikeMinded, San Francisco
- Michael Reece, associate dean, School of Public Health-Bloomington
- Deborah Widiss, IU Maurer School of Law
- Sarah Wiehe, IU School of Medicine
- Martin Weinberg, Department of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences
- Brian O’Donnell, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
- Stephanie Sanders, The Kinsey Institute and the Department of Gender Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences
- Ruth Stone, Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, College of Arts and Sciences
More information about the director search, including the full position posting, is available on the Kinsey Institute director search page.