English, Media and Creative Cultures Research Seminar Series
Cinematic Sex Tourism: Emotional Labour, Global Consumption, Embodied Collisions
As part of the School of Arts and Humanities Research Seminar Series, Professor Martin O’Shaughnessy, Professor of Film Studies at NTU, presents:
'Cinematic Sex Tourism: Emotional Labour, Global Consumption, Embodied Collisions'.
- From: Wednesday 15 March 2017, 1 pm
- To: Wednesday 15 March 2017, 2 pm
- Location: 008, Mary Ann Evans building, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS
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As part of the School of Arts and Humanities Research Seminar Series, Professor Martin O’Shaughnessy, Professor of Film Studies, NTU, presents: 'Cinematic Sex Tourism: Emotional Labour, Global Consumption, Embodied Collisions'.
We all know, or think we know, what we think about sex tourism. It is something both seedy and profoundly exploitative, if not intrinsically violent. But what happens when the tourists are older women and the ‘service providers’ young black men? Are we still sure what we think? Are the power dynamics so clear?
It is partly this uncertainty that draws film-makers as different as Laurent Cantet and Ulrich Seidl to a topic guaranteed to disturb. But what surely also attracts them is the way sex tourism brings together Northern consumption and Southern production, empowered customer and emotional labour, not merely face-to-face, but body to body, thus engineering an uncomfortable proximity between things normally kept at a safe, reassuring distance.
This paper will draw out these issues, looking at Cantet’s Heading South (2005), Seidl’s Love (2012) and, a more mainstream work, Kevin Rodney Sullivan’s How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998).
Martin O’Shaughnessy is Professor of Film Studies at Nottingham Trent University. He has written widely on French and French-speaking cinema. He is particularly interested in post-Crisis cinema, film and politics, film and work, film and neo-liberal governance and subjectivities.
For any enquiries, please contact the College of Art, Architecture, Design and Humanities Research Office by email or by telephone on +44 (0)115 848 2301.