Liam Wignall's profile

Liam Wignall
PhD Candidate

Research Title:
Kinky Sexual Cultures and Virtual Leisure Spaces: Images, Communities and Conceptions of Risk

Summary:
The project seeks to explore how young peole who engage in kinky sexual practices understand their experiences, their engagements in kinky communities and navigate media discourses and sexual imagery online. The emergence of public discourses about kinky sex is part of a broader trend where sex has moved from a private act to a form of serious leisure; here, sex is considered a 'driver, motivator, consolidator and important means towards intimacy community [and] social cohesion' (Attwood and Smith 2013: 330).

Director of Studies:  Clarissa Smith

Start Year:  2014

Qualifications:
BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Sunderland

Publications:

Wignall, L (2016) The Social Life of Human Pups: A Socio-Cultural Approach, Discover Society, 39 (December)

McCormack, M & Wignall L (2015) Enjoyment, Exploration and Education: Understanding the Consumption of Pornography among Young Men with Non-Exclusive Sexual Orientations, Sociology

Wignall, L & McCormack (2015) 'It's a break from being you I guess': An exploratory study ofa new kink activity, Archives of Sexual Behaviour

McCormack, M & Wignall L (2015), Identities and identifications: Changes in metropolitan bisexual men's attitudes and experiences, Journal of Bisexuality, 15(1): 3–20

Presentations:

2016 McCormack, M. & Wignall, L. Enjoyment, Exploration and Education: Understanding the Consumption of Pornography among Young Men with Non-Exclusive Sexual Orientations. Paper presented at International Academy of Sex Research. 26–30 June.

2016 Wignall, L. & McCormack, M. 'It’s a break from being you I guess': An exploratory study of a new kink activity. Paper presented at International Academy of Sex Research. 26– 30 June.

2015 Wignall, L. Leisure Porn: Using porn for enjoyment, education and exploration. Paper presented at European Sociological Association. 26–28 August.

2015 Wignall, L. 'It’s a break from being you I guess': An exploratory study of a new kink activity. Paper presented at Still Telling Sexual Stories. Durham University Summer School. 2–3 July.

2015 Wignall, L. 'It’s a break from being you I guess': An exploratory study of a new kink activity. Paper presented at the Sex(y) Seminar. Northumbria University. 30 April.

2015 McCormack, M., Wignall, L. & Morris, M. 'Gay guys using gay discourse: Friendship, shared values and the intent-context-effect matrix'. Paper presented at British Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of Glasgow, 15–17 April.

Invited Academic Lectures:

2015 Westwood, D., Wignall, L. The benefit of digital stories in teaching. Annual Learning and Teaching Conference – Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching. 3 July.

2015 McCormack, M. & Wignall, L. 'Gay guys using gay discourse: Friendship, shared values and the intent-context-effect matrix'. RIGLS. Lancaster University. 4 March.

2014 Westwood, D., Wignall, L. Using digital stories for teaching in Psychology. Annual Learning and Teaching Conference. University of Sunderland. 10 July.

2014 'Social Media in Academic Environments'. University of Sunderland. 30 May.

 

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