As part of my second trip to San Francisco for the Folsom Street Fair, I will be presenting at the Center for Sex and Culture on Saturday, September 29th, at 3pm. This includes a full presentation on the history of consensual sadomasochism, author Q&A, and personalized books for sale.
I haven’t done one of these in a while, but there have been important developments.
The first is that I have signed with an agent to represent this project, with the working title of The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. (Title borrowed from William Blake.) This is actually my second agent, but I broke it off with the first agent a while back. The new agent sounds pretty enthusiastic and optimistic about the book, as both a commercial trade book and an academic reference.
I’ve been researching historical images at GettyImages, though I don’t know if this will be an illustrated book. I think it could have a strong visual appeal, but illustrations would require a lot of extra work and money to source the images and get their rights.
I’m also thinking about another book project,. One possible topic would be looking at heterosexual male submissives, which I see as an under-examined quadrant.
Second, I will be presenting on the history of female-dominant/male-submissive BDSM at the Enclave femdom conference in July. My first trip to the US since last year.
I will be one of the guest speakers at a colloquium on the new Fifty Shades Darker film, set to debut on Valentine’s day, 2017. This should be a great discussion on how BDSM and the mainstream interact.
Time: Thursday, 23 February, 2017. 7:30 – 9:00 PM
Location: SFU-Vancouver, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, Room 7000.
I will give my “Cultural History of BDSM” presentation on Sunday, January 29th, 2017, in Burnaby, a suburb of Vancouver, BC. This will be a part of West Coast Bound, the three-day conference presented by Metro Vancouver Kink, an organization I helped found. It’s an excellent conference, with top-level presenters like Fetish Diva Midori, Laura Antoniou, Lew Rubens, Allena Gabosch, Morpheus, and Topologist, as well as the usual vendors and parties.
I will be one of the presenters at Kink Talks Back to Fifty Shades of Grey, an interview and Q&A gathering of kink-community people talking about the mass media phenomenon.
Time: 6pm-9pm, Thursday, April 9th, 2015.
Place: Room 1600, SFU at Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings, downtown Vancouver BC
Sponsored by SFU’s Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
On Thursday, October 17th, 7pm, I am presenting at the Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre’s production of Venus in Fur, a two-hand play by David Ives.
I will be presented on the history of eroticized slavery at the 2013 Master/slave Conference this Sunday at 11am. I greatly enjoyed the conference last year and I look forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new people too. If you see me there, don’t be shy, say hello!
Watch for updates as I go.
Audio of my presentation on the history of erotic slavery, recorded at Vancouver GRUE 2011
The audio of my presentation on the history of BDSM at the Vancouver GRUE 2012