The Repression of Sex Work in the Context of Urban Mega-Events
Lecture by Professor Phil Hubbard (Kings College London)
Recent Olympics and World Cups have been associated with headlines concerning an alleged increase in sex trafficking and prostitution. While these headlines are often based on myths of sex work, and are often unfounded, they nonetheless support urban policies which aim to decrease the visibility of sex work in the tourist-sporting city. In this lecture professor Hubbard will explore the ambivalent effects of this on sex workers in the context of London 2012 and Rio 2016. In noting the connections between neoliberal urbanism and the exclusion of sex workers from specific spaces of the city, he asks whether this form of 'urban policing’ should be regarded as exceptional, or rather as ‘business as usual’ for the ‘oldest profession’.
About the lecturer
Phil Hubbard is a Professor of Urban Studies at Kings College London. From 2010 until 2017 he was in the inter-disciplinary School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Work at the University of Kent, serving as Head of School and Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Hubbard's research focusses on the city as a site of social conflict. His work draws on theories of the city developed in urban geography and urban sociology, and also engages with debates in socio-legal studies and the way urban 'disorder' is regulated. His book Cities and Sexualities (2013, Routledge) analyses the relationship between gender, sexuality and the city via research on the spatial governance of sex work.
The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. The event will be followed by drinks.
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The lecture is organised by the Amsterdam Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality (ARC-GS). ARC-GS provides an interdisciplinary forum for scholars and students of gender and sexuality in the social sciences. The centre aims to strengthen and consolidate cutting edge research and teaching of its researchers and PhD-affiliates. More information can be found at: www.arcgs.uva.nl.