Hear how humans have engaged with sex and intimacy over time – from a 28,000-year-old phallic stone object discovered in Germany to the newly released...

New Horizons: Is This The End Of Intimacy?

Location:

Level 6 Terrace Entrance (Circular Quay West Side)
2000 NSW
Australia

Venue:
Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia
New Horizons: Is This The End Of Intimacy?
New Horizons: Is this the end of intimacy?

Speakers

Dr Honni van Rijswijk

Dr. Honni van Rijswijk

Dr Honni van Rijswijk is a graduate of Sydney Law School and received her PhD from the University of Washington.

Professor Alan McKee

Professor Alan McKee

Alan McKee is an expert on entertainment and healthy sexual development. He holds an Australian Research Council Discovery grant entitled ‘Pornography’s effects on audiences: explaining contradictory research data’; and a Wellcome Grant entitled ‘Investigating mediated sex and young people’s health and well-being’.

Belinda Middleweek, Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Media Studies

Belinda Middleweek

Senior lecturer, University of Technology Sydney

Belinda Middleweek is a senior lecturer in journalism and media studies at The University of Technology Sydney. She is currently researching sex journalism as well as mediations and technologies of intimacy, in particular, intimate interactions between humans and robots.

Eurudice Aroney

Eurudice Aroney

Radio Journalist

Eurydice is an award-winning radio journalist who has received national and international acclaim for her radio documentaries.  Her work has been broadcast in Canada, Europe, Ireland, Britain and the United States.  Her latest feature La Revolte de Prostituees (2015) was commissioned by Radio France and Radio Belgium. Eurydice is also a foot soldier in the campaign for sex work law reform and the decriminalisation of sex work.

Event Details

Hear how humans have engaged with sex and intimacy over time – from a 28,000-year-old phallic stone object discovered in Germany to the newly released sexrobot, Harmony, powered by artificial intelligence. Will this new sexual frontier of sex robots, sex work, technology and porn will spell the end of love as we know it?

The assumption that sex must always involve intimacy will be challenged by the University of Technology Sydney’s Dr Belinda Middleweek (a senior lecturer in journalism and media studies), Dr Alan McKee (an expert on entertainment and healthy sexual development) and Eurydice Aroney (an award-winning radio journalist). Join them as they discuss the moral contradictions surrounding sexuality and sexual relationships and whether or not we should be saying ‘screw intimacy!’.

Bring an open mind and your questions for a riveting conversation moderated by Dr Honni van Rijswijk (UTS).

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Access and Inclusion

  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.