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Digital and data literacies for sexual health: Exploring histories of sexual technologies with Dr. Bo Ruberg

11 October 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm AEDT

Sex Dolls at Sea: Imagined Histories of Sexual Technologies book cover

This event is part of the webinar series 'Digital and data literacies for sexual health' and is supported by an ARC Future Fellowship grant, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making + Society, and the Swinburne Social Innovation Research Institute.

The global field of sextech is estimated to be worth up to $30 billion in the near future. From pitching competitions and hackathons to the tech press, medtech founders, marketers and journalists promise a future where technology will continuously enhance our pleasure, sexual health and wellbeing.

But sextech – and sextech marketing – has a history, too. And it’s complicated.

In this webinar, Associate Professor Bo Ruberg discusses their book Sex Dolls At Sea: Imagined Histories of Sexual Technologies (MIT Press 2022), in conversation with Professor Kath Albury.

Join us to discover what the origin story of the sex doll can teach us about contemporary sextech innovations – from condoms to sex robots.


Bo Ruberg

Associate Professor Bo Ruberg
Film & Media Studies, School of Humanities, University of California, Irvine.

Bo Ruberg, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Film & Media Studies and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine. They are the author of Sex Dolls at Sea: Imagined Histories of Sexual Technologies (MIT Press, 2022), The Queer Games Avant-Garde: How LGBTQ Game Makers Are Reimagining the Medium of Video Games (Duke University Press 2020), and Video Games Have Always Been Queer (New York University Press, 2019).

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ADM+S Investigator Kath Albury

Professor Kath Albury
Swinburne University of Technology

Professor Kath Albury is an ARC Future Fellow, leading the ‘Digital and data literacies for sexual health policy and practice’ reseach project (2022-2026). She is Professor of Media and Communication at Swinburne University of Technology, where she co-leads the Digital Inclusion Program in Swinburne’s Social Innovation Research Institute (SIRI).

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11 October 2022
11:00 am - 12:00 pm AEDT