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Join the Digital Futures Institute’s Centre for Technology and the Body as we welcome Chloé Locatelli to speak on how heterosexual men’s sextech developments replicate desirable features of post-industrial sexual commerce – heralding a shift into “posthuman sexual commerce”.  The sex-tech industry is exploding into a panoply of products that incorporate digital technologies into devices for sexual satisfaction including, inter alia, sex-robots, avatars, AI sex toys, and teledildonics. Within this field, the potential for sex robots to replace and/or disrupt human sex work and other industries of sexual commerce is a growing area of interest. However given that sex robots are in their nascent stages, and are just one example of sextech developments, this research expands the investigation to interrogate existing sextech’s intersections with sexual commerce and its posthuman potential.

6pm Welcome, refreshments
6.30pm Paper and Q&A
8pm Ends

Chloé Locatelli is a PhD candidate in the Department of Digital Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, King’s College London. Her doctoral research looks at constructions of femininity in sextech and their posthuman potential. She completed her MA in Gender Studies with the Erasmus+ Programme at Universidad de Granada and University of Bologna. She has recently carried out fieldwork in Japan as well as collaborative research at the University of Tokyo’s Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, and she has published articles for the Journal of Digital Social Research (2022), Current Sexual Health Reports (2022), and contributed to the Springer publication “Maschinenliebe” (2021).

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Lecture Theatre 3, BH (NE) 0.01
Bush House
Strand campus, 30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG