Konferenz 'Sexuality and Consumtion - 18th century to 21st century'

International conference, University of Vienna, November 23/24, 2018,

Alte Kapelle, Campus/AAKH, Hof 1.

Due to the 60th birthday of the head of the project Franz X. Eder, Mario Keller, Johann Kirchknopf, Oliver Küschelm, Karin Moser and Stefan Ossmann organised a conference titling 'Sexuality and Consumption - 18th century to 21st century'. Below the abstract, here the links to the programme and the conference website.


In western societies today, it goes almost without saying that sex and consumption are closely related. Sexual lifeworlds are highly commodified. On the one hand, there is a plethora of commercial goods and services that shape sexual ideas, desires, and practices. On the other, there are scarcely any products or services that do not lend themselves to sexually charged advertising and mass media communication.

The conference “Sexuality and Consumption” will take a close look at how sex and consumption have interacted since the 18th century. It focuses especially on forms of hybridization. “Sex” and “consumption” are equally suggestive notions that warrant an in-depth discussion about which concepts have been at their core, which meanings have been associated with them and the ways in which they have converged.