Event: Sex on Trial


Mutiny and Critical Sexology are bringing activists, practitioners, academics and artists together to put sex on trial.

The afternoon’s Critical Sexology seminar will have a Mutiny twist with speed debating and discussions on sex education and consent around a central table. The evening event will bring Critical sexology topics and academic perspectives on activism into an evening of discussion, art, performance and music on the subject of sex.

When: 3pm- 11pm, 8th December 2011
Where: Resistance Gallery, 265 Poyser Street, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9RF


The afternoon’s event kicks off with speed debating, giving seminar participants an opportunity to get to know each other and discuss the issues of the day.

The first discussion session is at 3.30pm, with speakers and practitioners on different perspectives on sex education.

The second critical sexology session at 4.30pm at will focus on consent – what does consent mean? What could consent look like? How could we approach sexual violence, ethics and consent in different ways?

After a break for dinner, the evening event begins with another round of speed debating, followed by three sessions:

7pm Sex police Who gets to decide what counts as ‘normal’ or ‘healthy’ sex? How is it regulated? What happens if you don’t fit within these boundaries?

8pm Workshop – activist listening The topic of sex is often a site of conflict in activist and academic circles – how can we create spaces and ways of engaging with each other that listen and respect differences, and work together for change?

9pm Sexual revolution What could sex look like in our ideal society? Does sexual pleasure have a political role?

The evening will end with live music and the resident Mutiny DJ Riotstar

Entry to the afternoon seminar is free. Tickets for the evening event are £5 buy-one-get-one-free in advance online or £5/3 on the door. If you attend the afternoon seminar event you will be entitled to concession price entry to the evening event (£3).

Critical Sexology () is a successful seminar series which has been running in London for nearly a decade. It is an interdisciplinary seminar series for psychologists, psychoanalysts, medical doctors, literary and cultural studies scholars, philosophers, artists, lawyers and historians with a critical interest in the construction and management of gender and sexuality in the medical, human sciences, discursive and cultural spheres.

Established in 2002 by Iain Morland and Lih-Mei Liao, Critical Sexology has since held three seminars per year, with meetings taking place in London. The seminar is currently co-organised by Lisa Downing (University of Exeter), Meg Barker (Open University), and Robert Gillett (Queen Mary, University of London). From 2011, 1 in 3 of our yearly sessions takes place in a Northern University.

This event is co-organised with Laura Harvey of Mutiny


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    […] had to smile. We were toward the end of the conference, seminar, event – “Critical Sexology: Sex on Trial“, which focussed on consent and the policing of sexuality – and wandering off in search […]

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