Course details

Porn studies

KPO-Z FaVU KPO-Z Acad. year 2022/2023 Winter semester 3 credits

Current academic year

By "pornographic", we understand "obscene," beyond the scene. The pseudotabu of pornoproduction is not the topic of this course. It deals with issues of
- art history - sexuality and porn as the specific mutaion of femal body art of 1960s
- activist - the question for and against pornography as the core theme of anglophone feminist movement
- gender - regarding men and women and their erotic and sexual sensitivity
- the phenmenon of erotic and porngprahic product and the purpose of its use, its development in history and its present specifics
- resulting questions regarding the possibilities of visual expression of intimate interpersonal emotional relationships including the limits of its publicizing and depriving them of thei intimacy
- how can such topic be presented in the public
- how are such issues related to contemporary forms of art, what are the boundaries between humaties and art, between public art and its usage as the tool of social issues
A number of academics have dealt with port (Linda Williams, dr. Kateřina Lišková from FSSMU)


Language of instruction




Time span

  • 26 hrs lectures



Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Students will be encouraged to interconnect issues in art with those of other disciplines (humanities). They will be encouraged to understand and analyse social phenomena and find new ources of inspiration for their artistic activieis on the border of art, sociology,and social critique.
I hope that students will also realize some practical outcomes of the course.

Learning objectives

The aim of the course is not to inform students on the topic dealing with the limits of the personal body. Since the topics is presented to artists, we expect that bew impulses will also come from the students.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Familiarity with the form of thematic lectures.

Study literature

  • Lynne segal, Mary McIntosh, Sex Exposed, Rutgers University Press, 1993
  • Lynda Nead, Female Nude, Routledge, 1992

Fundamental literature

  • Tracey Warr, Amelia Jones, The Artist´s Body, Phaidon, London 2000

Progress assessment

The attendance at the lecture is not controlled. Students will receive credits and verbal evaluations on the basis of the submitted work, the assignment of which will follow from the content of the courses.

Teaching methods and criteria

The basic method is a lecture, supplemented by a final discussion.
One lesson is devoted to a seminar that tries to explain some theoretical premises in an experimental way.
The supplementary methods are:
- a thematic excursion
- movie or video projection
- working with real materials, magazines, books, objects

Controlled instruction

The attendance at the lecture is not controlled.

Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme BIT, 1st year of study, Elective
  • Programme BIT (in English), 1st year of study, Elective
  • Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, 1st year of study, Elective
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