February 18th, 2015, Sex Work in the North (Durham)

Sex Work in the North. Wednesday February 18th, 2015, 11.00-4.00 pm: St Aidan’s College, Durham University

This sexgen seminar is organised by the Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities (CSGS) and St Aidan’s College, Durham University and focuses specifically upon sex work in the North of the UK.

Sex Work in the North focuses on the key issues and challenges faced by sex workers, researchers, activists and support projects in the North of the UK in times of austerity, political turbulence and neo-liberalism.  Speakers are invited to share the key challenges for sex work research, practice, policy and activism in the context of the Bedford v Canada case in Canada, current regulatory frameworks and discourses, and the cutting edge research and knowledge produced by the invited speakers.

Speakers :

  • Raven Bowen (Project Manager, University of British Columbia):  Justice Denied: Insights and Lessons from Canadian Sex Workers Post Bedford
  • Rosie Campbell OBE (Basis/Genesis, Leeds  and Durham University): Sex Work, Hate Crime & Ugly Mugs: Challenges Addressing Violence Against Sex Workers in the North of the UK.
  • Laura Graham (Durham Law School): Street Sex Work in England and Wales: An Article 10 ECHR Analysis
  • Dr Teela Sanders (University of Leeds): Engaging Practitioners with Sex Work Research: How to Begin the Road to ‘Impact’.
  • Dr Mary Laing (Northumbria University) and Professor Maggie O’Neill (Durham University): Sex Worker Rights, Recognition and Resistance: towards a radical democratic imaginary.
  • Professor Nick Mai (London Metropolitan University and LAMES/MMSH Aix-Marseille University): Assembling ‘Samira’ and ‘Travel’: challenging sexual humanitarianism through ethno-fiction and experimental filmmaking  

To register please email fiona.bonar@durham.ac.uk

Seminar organisers are Maggie O’Neill and Susan Frenk

CSGS is also pleased to announce the launch of the Sex Work Research Hub at this event,  a partnership of  Universities working together to support and promote sex work research, policy and practice.