Founder and Director of the Festival and School of Really Good Sex and of the Festival of Death and Dying. Peter is also member of the Philosophy Research Initiative at the University of Western Sydney, where he has lectured and tutored in the School of Humanities and Languages.
Peter also has an extensive background in Iyengar yoga, dance and the martial arts (Capoeira Angola). His somatic and movement practice forms the basis of his work in the 'sex-positive' field. His major teachers have been Annetta Luce, Sue-ellen Kohler and Felix Ruckert. Attending the lectures of philosopher Jacques Derrida in the early nineties in Paris and later in New York were formative for his intellectual development, as was studying under the direction of Elizabeth Grosz, George Markus, Jean-Luc Nancy, Avital Ronell and Sarah Kofman.
He holds a Ph.D from New York University (September, 2009). His book The Forgiveness To Come: the Holocaust and the Hyper-Ethical has been recently published with Fordham University Press (December 2017). His current research interests include the intersections between philosophy and sexuality, and the politics of reconciliation and forgiveness in relation to cultural trauma.
Peter believes that the authority, if he has any, to direct the Festival of Really Good Sex derives from his many experiences of breaking-down in 'sex-positive' spaces, learning (sometimes with great difficulty) the lessons that were there to learn and not moving on. He believes that 'sex-positive' spaces are necessary today more than ever, for they provide much needed possibilities for people to connect in ways that are generally not allowed in our culture and precious opportunities for people to re-discover their creativity and inventiveness.
A selection of Peter's academic publications can be found at www.peterbanki.com