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Calling all sex scholars! Lynn Comella and Shira Tarrant are editing a two-volume anthology on sexuality, politics, and the law. The deadline is July 30, 2012 and the call for submissions is below.


Call for Submissions: New Views on Pornography: Sexuality, Politics, and the Law, 2 Volumes

Edited by Lynn Comella, PhD and Shira Tarrant, PhD
Deadline: July 30, 2012

Co-editors Lynn Comella (University of Las Vegas, Nevada) and Shira Tarrant (California State University, Long Beach) are seeking submissions for a two-volume edited collection under contract with Praeger.

Description: New Views on Pornography is a two-volume collection of the most current scholarship on pornography. This edited series presents empirical research on a range of contemporary issues regarding pornography’s politics, psychology, cultural and legal debates, providing a comprehensive and multidisciplinary overview of the field of porn studies in one convenient location for students, researchers, and professors across related fields. Our goal as editors is to showcase new and innovative research that examines the culture and politics of pornography in a global context, including but not limited to, questions of production, audiences, market niches, technological innovations, political debates and controversies, obscenity, free speech, public policy and the law. The editors seek well-researched facts and data in order to provide readers with a comprehensive overview of issues on the subject.

Author Guidelines: For consideration, please submit full chapters (5,000-7,000 words), a brief abstract, bio (75-100 words), and complete contact information. Submissions must include endnotes and bibliography, and adhere to Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. Send submissions in .doc or .docx format to both contact emails below. Submissions not conforming to these guidelines will not be considered.

The Editors are specifically interested in submissions on the following:

  • Foundations and Controversies in Pornography
  • Defining Pornography
  • The History of Pornography
  • Pornography and the Law: Historical Highlights
  • Cultural Trends and Changing Ideas about Pornography
  • Key Resources in Media and Cultural Studies of Pornography
  • Consumption Practices: Who Is Using Porn?
  • Global Porn Production: Practices and Revenue
  • Sources of Porn: The Marketplace and Changing Supply Patterns
  • The Porn Wars in Historical and Contemporary Perspective
  • The Politics of Porn Literacy and Social Control
  • Issues of Race, Ethnicity, and Pornography
  • Impacts of the Industry: Interviews with Porn Actors and Industry Workers
  • Studying Pornography: Research Methods and Methodologies
  • Impacts and Effects of Pornography
  • Defining the Terms: Problems with Content Analysis and Ideological Bias
  • Women Watching Porn: Issues in Data Collection and Self-Reporting
  • Pornography and Global Sex Trafficking: Separating Myths from the Facts
  • Pathologizing Porn: Questions about Addiction
  • The Impacts of Pornography on Intimate Relationships
  • Technology and Porn
  • Obscenity, Surveillance and Free Speech: Current Issues in the Law
  • Varieties and Genres of Pornography
  • How the Adult Industry is Organized: Issues of Production and Revenue
  • Masculinity, Violence, and Pornography: Correcting the Data
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Porn
  • Porn Studies in Global Context
  • Porn Use and Sexual Satisfaction

Deadline: July 30, 2012

Send To: Please send cc’d submissions to Lynn Comella at and Shira Tarrant at Include Praeger NVOP Submission in the subject line. Submission queries should be directed to the above.

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