The Centre for Love, Sex, and Relationships
A research group dedicated to deepening our understanding of the nature and significance of intimacy, how relationships may be supported by technology, social institutions, and the state.
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Centre for Love, Sex and Relationships
The Centre for Love, Sex, and Relationships (CLSR) is a research group within the School of Philosophy, Religion, and the History of Science at Leeds. We are interested in deepening our understanding of the nature and significance of intimacy, and the ways good relationships of different forms might be supported by technology, social institutions, and the state. The centre exists to foster research by and between Leeds academics, to organise events and workshops, to support graduate study and research, and to communicate to the public
Research interests and areas of potential PhD supervision
· Friendship, romantic relationships, and the differences between them.
· Sexual attraction, sexual desire, sexual activity, sexual identity.
· The nature of love, including romantic love: what is love, the epistemology of love, love and narrative.
· Sexual ethics, including objectification, consent, agency, and good sex.
· Relationship ethics, including boundaries, norms, romantic virtues, communication, and breakups.
· The politics of intimacy: equality and domination.
· Intimate emotions: jealousy, envy, resentment, compassion, grief.
· Change in relationships: aging, conflicts, childbirth, divorce.
· Experiments in living: polyamory, relationship anarchy, aromanticism, singledom, living apart together.
· Marginalised intimacies: racial objectification, disability, transgender intimacy.
· Intimacy and the state: marriage, contract, sex work, immigration, work and human resources.
· The future of love: technology, artificial intelligence, robotics, and love drugs.
Sociologist Finn Mackay and Philosopher Tom O'Shea discuss gender and romantic attraction. Followed by open discussion with the audience.
Tuesday 3 October 2023, 17:30 - 20:00More on Dating and Attraction with Dr Finn Mackay and Dr Tom O'Shea - Leeds Love Month
Philosophers MM McCabe and Troy Jollimore ask: What is Love? Followed by an open discussion with audience questions.
Tuesday 10 October 2023, 17:30 - 20:00More on What is Love? With Prof. MM McCabe and Prof. Troy Jollimore - Leeds Love Month
Historian Kate Lister and Philosopher Pilar Lopez-Cantero discuss the history of monogamy and break-ups. Followed by an open discussion.
Tuesday 17 October 2023, 17:30 - 20:00More on Relationships with Dr Kate Lister and Dr Pilar Lopez-Cantero - Leeds Love Month
Philosophers Brian Earp and Robbie Arrell discuss the future of love and sex. Followed by an open discussion with audience questions.
Tuesday 24 October 2023, 17:30 - 20:00More on The Future of Love with Dr Brian Earp and Dr Robbie Arrell - Leeds Love Month