Cities have become hubs in an international sexual economy that is increasingly important as a driver of global economic change, according to a Professor of Urban Social Geography who will give a lecture on the topic at The University of Western Australia today.
Professor Phil Hubbard of Loughborough University in the UK will explore the intersections between business travel, sex tourism, prostitution and pornography. In the UK, he is conducting an overview of how red-light landscapes are produced and maintained through legal representations, social discourses and material practices. This has laid the foundations for a wider, principally theoretical, exploration of heterosexuality and the city.
In this presentation, Professor Hubbard considers the overall significance of sex for the economies - and geographies - of world cities.
His paper sets out an agenda for mapping world city networks of sex and considers the overall significance of sex for the economies - and geographies - of world cities.
In so doing, he argues that the sex industry should no longer be considered as a form of ‘globalisation from below' and instead is integral to the construction of a global ‘space of flows'.
WHAT: FREE LECTURE: World Cities of Sex- Exploration of the sexual economy in cities
WHEN: Wednesday, 24 March, 5pm
WHERE: Woolnough Lecture Theatre (Geology/Geography Building, nearest carpark 19, Fairway Entrance 1)