Sexuality and Consumption - 18th Century to 21st Century

Deadline: 30/04/2018

23-24 November 2018
Vienna, AT

In western societies today, it goes almost without saying that sex and consumption are closely related. Sexual lifeworlds are highly commodified. On the one hand, there is a plethora of commercial goods and services that shape sexual ideas, desires, and practices. On the other, there are scarcely any products or services that do not lend themselves to sexually charged advertising and mass media communication.

The conference “Sexuality and Consumption” will take a close look at how sex and consumption have interacted since the 18th century. It focuses especially on forms of hybridization. “Sex” and “consumption” are equally suggestive notions that warrant an in-depth discussion about which concepts have been at their core, which meanings have been associated with them and the ways in which they have converged. In the German language both concepts gained currency in the first half of the 19th century while in other European languages their appearance dates already from the 18th century. The conference will take a genealogical approach to how sex and consumption have interacted from the 18th century to the present day.

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