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Helen Hester, Sensational Images: Visual Vocabularies of Gendered Affect. Gasworks, 2016. Photo: Jamie Clark.

Helen Hester, Sensational Images: Visual Vocabularies of Gendered Affect. Gasworks, 2016. Photo: Jamie Clark

Helen Hester, Sensational Images: Visual Vocabularies of Gendered Affect. Gasworks, 2016. Photo: Jamie Clark

Helen Hester, Sensational Images: Visual Vocabularies of Gendered Affect. Gasworks, 2016. Photo: Jamie Clark

Helen Hester, Sensational Images: Visual Vocabularies of Gendered Affect. Gasworks, 2016. Photo: Jamie Clark

Helen Hester, Sensational Images: Visual Vocabularies of Gendered Affect. Gasworks, 2016. Photo: Jamie Clark

Helen Hester presents a paper focusing on how to apply American film scholar Linda Williams’ idea of 'the frenzy of the visible’ to materials that attempt to articulate non-phallic arousal and sexual pleasure. In doing so, she will explore how porn, and visual artists responding to porn, develop strategies for visually representing erotic affects that do not necessarily lend themselves to easy visualisation.

Helen Hester is Head of Film and Media at the University of West London. Her research interests include technofeminism, sexuality studies, and theories of social reproduction, and she is a member of the international feminist collective Laboria Cuboniks. She is the author of Beyond Explicit: Pornography and the Displacement of Sex (SUNY Press, 2014), the co-editor of the collections Fat Sex: New Directions in Theory and Activism (Ashgate, 2015) and Dea ex Machina (Merve, 2015). She is also series editor for Ashgate’s Sexualities in Society book series.