Dying for Sex: Cultural and Forensic Narratives of Auto-Erotic Death

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Nuffield G13 (R9 on map)
Category
Arts and Science Festival
Date(s)
Wednesday 19th March 2014 (18:00-19:00)
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Admission free, booking recommended. Please email artsandscience@contacts.bham.ac.uk to reserve a place, and be sure to include your name, email address, the event title and date.

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Arts & Science Festival 2014

In this illustrated talk, Professor Lisa Downing explores how auto-erotic death has been understood and represented in narratives drawn from four fields: media representation, forensic psychiatry and pathology, literary fiction, and internet humour.

What do representations and explanations of auto-erotic death tell us about mainstream cultural understandings of sex and gender? What can we learn about the assumptions and biases guiding perceptions of normal and abnormal sexuality by looking at discourses surrounding extreme bodily practices that lead to death?

This event is presented as part of Arts & Science Festival 2014, a week-long celebration of ideas, research and collaboration across campus. For details of the full programme, visit: www.birmingham.ac.uk/artsandsciencefestival.