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Pornography’s effects on its audiences: synthesising an innovative interdisciplinary approach

Funding: 2017: $23,584
2018: $56,084
2019: $52,584

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)

Start year: 2017

Summary: This project aims to improve our understanding of pornography’s effects on its audiences. Academic knowledge on this topic is silo-ed and often contradictory across a range of humanities and social science disciplines. This project aims to synthesize these discrete traditions to produce a shared paradigm, vocabulary and evidence base to allow these disciplines to communicate their findings to each other in meaningful ways. This will improve public debate and policy outcomes about pornography by making this knowledge comprehensible to policymakers, educators and parents. The project also aims to benefit academic researchers in providing a replicable case study of translation between humanities and social sciences data archives.


McKee, A 2018, 'Porn Consumers as Fans' in A Companion to Media Fandom and Fan Studies, Wiley, USA, pp. 509-520.
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Keywords: Pornography, methodology

FOR Codes: Media Studies, Culture, Gender, Sexuality, The Media, Gender studies