ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Porn Archives began life during the spring of 2010 as an international confer-
ence, “At the Limit: Pornography and the Humanities,” which was held at the
University at Buffalo in conjunction with the graduate seminar The History
and Theory of Pornography. We are grateful to the many students, faculty,
and administrators at Buffalo who helped make the conference and the semi-
nar so successful. For financial support, we thank the departments of anthro-
pology, comparative literature, English, history, and visual studies; the Baldy
Center for Law and Social Policy; the Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis
and Culture; the Digital Humanities Initiative at Buffalo; the Gender Insti-
tute; Rodolphe Gasché; Steve McCaffery; and Ewa Plonowska Ziarek. We wish
to acknowledge especially Buffalo’s Humanities Institute (including its Cul-
tural Studies Research Workshop and its Queer Theory Research Workshop),
which provided most of the funding for the conference and the primary intel-
lectual context for Porn Archives, as well as a subvention that helped to defray
publication expenses. We thank the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences,
Bruce D. McCombe, whose vision for revitalizing the humanities at Buffalo
made such a difference. Others at Buffalo—María Almanza, Wendy Belz, Leah
Benedict, Mary Carr, Sara Eddleman, Mary Foltz, James Godley, Lydia Kerr,
James Maynard, Steven Miller, Nick Mugavero, Dustin Parrott, Matt Pieknik,
Jana Schmidt, Bill Solomon, and Divya Victor— significantly contributed to
this project. We express gratitude to Frances Ferguson for visiting Buffalo to
discuss her work on pornography and to Zabet Patterson for speaking at the
conference. Finally, we thank our wonderful contributors for their patience
and good humor, as well as their readiness to think beyond the conventional
academic frameworks for understanding pornography.
Our editor at Duke University Press, Courtney Berger, has been a model of
tact and professionalism in shepherding Porn Archives through the review pro-
cess. We are grateful for her editorial guidance and for securing three anony-
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