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March 8, 2019
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, 2520 Cimarron Street Los Angeles, CA 90018

Friday, March 8, 2019
9:30 am – 5:45 pm

Saturday, March 9, 2019
9:30 am – 1:15 pm

Registration is required for each day of the conference. To sign up as well as find additional details for the specific day of the event, click the links below:



At the end of the twentieth century, scholars of European pornography began to explore obscenity and its implications for our understanding of the time that produced it, the seventeenth and, especially, eighteenth centuries. A world of previously ignored texts came to light, producing new theories and interpretations, suggesting that the rise of pornography was somehow a harbinger of modernity. This activity, however, occurred within narrow geographical boundaries and was tied firmly to Western historical trajectories. Asian pornography, especially the long and particularly rich Chinese tradition, was ignored. 

This conference seeks to break down the barriers that have separated scholars of Western and Asian pornography, and engender a more transnational and intercultural approach to the qualities and development of pornography in the early modern world.

Conference organized by Andrea S. Goldman and Kathryn Norberg (University of California, Los Angeles), and Paola Zamperini 
(Northwestern University) 
Katherine Carlitz, University of Pittsburgh 
Keith McMahon, University of Kansas 
Guido Ruggiero, University of Miami 
Timon Screech, SOAS, University of London 
Mark Stevenson, Chinese University of Hong Kong Giovanni Vitiello, University of Naples ''L'Orientale" Ellen Widmer, Wellesley University 
Cuncun Wu, The University of Hong Kong 
Paola Zamperini, Northwestern University