Webinar – From a distance: sex and technology during COVID-19

A webinar, presented by the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, LaTrobe, to explore the role of new technologies in shaping human sex and intimacy, issues that have been starkly highlighted during the restrictions on human contact imposed globally in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Papers and content from speakers at this webinar will feature in the upcoming Bent Street 4.1.


Thursday 16 July 2020 02:00 pm

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Henry von Doussa

In this seminar, we will consider:

·        The ways in which technologies produce human intimacy in sometimes unexpected ways

·        New ways that people seek intimacy and navigate cultures of sex and intimacy using digital technologies

·        How technologies mediate human connection in ways that reform and expand possibilities for sex and intimacy

Sexuality, sex, and sexual health research is a major strength of La Trobe University. This seminar brings together speakers from the leading international sexuality research centres:

Professor Suzanne Fraser

Director of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University and Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Social Research in Health at the University of New South Wales, Australia

Dr Amanda Gesselman

Associate Director for Research, Head of Research Analytics and Methodology Core, Anita Aldrich Endowed Research Scientist, The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, USA

Dr Jamie Hakim

Lecturer in Media Studies, University of East Anglia, UK

Supported by:

Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights theme, Transforming Human Societies Research Focus Area, Sexuality & Gender: Health, Equality and Justice research cluster, School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University


This event will be livestreamed over Zoom. The seminar is open to all attendees, but to reduce the chance of disruptions, we ask that you register your email address.

This event will not be live-captioned, but we may be able to supply a transcript afterwards if you would like one. If you have any specific accessibility requirements, please let us know and we will make every effort to accommodate you.

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