Digitalising sex (research) through online data collection and analysis

When:4 Apr 2018, 4pm - 5pm
Venue:Room 221/223, Level 2, John Goodsell Building, UNSW Kensington Campus
Who:Dr Denton Callander, The Kirby Institute and CSRH
Denton Callander

It has become a cliché to say the internet has changed sex, and it is certainly an understatement. As digital technologies have opened up new possibilities for finding sex and love, so too are they demanding new ways of thinking about how we do research. While presenting new conceptual and methodological challenges, the textual, archival and public nature of online spaces have actually enhanced our ability to research sex. In this seminar, I will share my experiences with a range of emerging digital methods via an online ethnography of male sex work in Australia, exploring their potential for illuminating diverse configurations of sex and sexualities.

Denton Callander studies sex, sexualities and sexual health. His work employs quantitative and qualitative methods to ask diverse epidemiological, behavioural and social questions.

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