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Softcore City

  • VSCC Lecture Theatre, Room 208   Veterinary Science Conference Centre (VSCC)   Camperdown, NSW, 2050 (map)

Event partners Monash University

In a culture obsessed with hardcore, much of the soft-core urbanism that was once viewed as scandalous is barely perceived as transgressive in today’s sexscapes. The presence of hardcore representations of sex has normalised the soft-core qualities that now occupy many parts of urban life.


Speaker: Dr Nicole Kalms, Monash University will outline three typologies: Hypersexual Mediascapes, Hypersexual Urbanscapes and Hypersexual Archiscapes to propose that the material city is not immune to the proliferation of pornography. She will discuss how themes connect to her current research into safety and the crisis of sexual violence perpetrated against women in public spaces.


Refreshments served at 6pm. Event commences at 6:30pm.

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Dr Nicole Kalms


Dr Nicole Kalms is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Architecture and founding director of the XYX Lab which leads national research in Space, Gender and Communication. In this role, Dr Kalms is leading two significant research projects Urban Exposure: Interactively Mapping the Systems of Sexual Violence in the Spaces of Melbourne, Australia, and Women and Girls Only: Understanding the Spaces of Sexual Harassment in Australian Public Transport. These projects are set to establish key partnerships with state and national stakeholders.

Nicole has a PhD in Architecture from Monash University. She obtained her Bachelor Degree in Architecture from RMIT and practiced architecture for several years before undertaking a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture (RMIT). Nicole is currently a full time member of Monash University's Faculty of Architecture where she leads the Interior Architecture program and has established the Program's design-based initiatives with a focus on cross-disciplinary studios and architectural theory.

Dr Kalms’ recent contributions the monograph Hypersexual City (Routledge 2017) which examines sexualized representation and precincts in neoliberal cities. Other research includes ‘I’m Here’: Identity and Obscurity in Locative Safety Technology for Women in Neo-Liberal Cities' (forthcoming 2017) in the edited book series Critiques, 'Hypersexual Occupations' (2015) in the edited book Occupation: Ruin, Repudiation and Revolution and 'Hypersexual Transgressions' (2014) published in the Architectural Humanities Research Association's journal Architecture and Culture. Dr Kalms regularly writes for a diverse non-academic audience, and is frequently invited to speak to the public about sexuality and urban space at major national and international cultural institutions.