Our project director Jana Funke took part in a Post-Show Panel of a performance of The Cause, a play about the history of women’s suffrage, from Dreadnought SouthWest. The panel also featured Julia Neville (Historian) and Playwright Natalie McGrath. Chaired by Josie Sutcliffe.
Read more about The Cause and its Southwest 2018 schedule here.
In March 2018 two of our project postdocs Jen Grove and Ina Linge organised a workshop at the University of Exeter to bring together colleagues from the UK and Germany to share knowledge and experiences of working on projects with young people in the area of sex, sexuality, gender, education, health, and involving museums, collections and exhibitions. The workshop was co-hosted by the Rethinking Sexology project and the Sex and History project.
In March 2018 the Rethinking Sexology team hosted an event dedicated to the history of sexuality and sexual science in Poland. Continue reading
How did people in the past express their sexuality and gender? What can a photograph from the nineteenth century, scientific data from the 1900s, a statue from the ancient world, or a novel written by someone in the 1920s tell us about sexuality and gender in the past? How did people living decades and centuries ago make sense of their own “identities”? How do people today think and speak about sexuality and gender, and how might looking to history help us to express ourselves now? Continue reading
One of Freud’s favourite objects was a bronze statuette of Athena
Rethinking Sexology is collaborating with the Sex & History project and museums across the country on a new website which uses objects from the past for discussing gender and sexual diversity today.
Across the UK, collections hold many objects which reveal to us the diversity of ideas about gender and sexuality throughout world history. Continue reading
Our project director Dr Jana Funke and Engaged Research Fellow Dr Jen Grove together with Dr Ina Linge and Dr Marie Kolkenbrock (Cambridge), facilitated this workshop with the Freud Museum London.
Our project director Dr Jana Funke and Engaged Research Fellow Dr Jen Grove organised this workshop with Imogen Gunn, curator at the Museum of Archaeology Anthropology (MAA), Cambridge.
Young people aged 16-25 were given special access to the museum’s intriguing Roman “penis pot” plus a selection of similar artefacts from the past, and explored how objects like these have helped people in the modern world to think about sexuality.
This event was organised jointly by the Rethinking Sexology project and the Sex and History project at the University of Exeter.
In was part of Sex in Six Objects, a series of workshops for young people investigating the history of sexuality in six objects.
This workshop caused quite a flurry of media activity, such as in Mail Online and Cambridge News articles.
Following on from our workshop at Berkeley, together with the Sexual Knowledge unit we organised a second two-day workshop on Mapping Sexual Knowledge: Therapy, Knowledge and Authority in London on 7th and 8th September. The event was kindly hosted by Wellcome Trust and funded by the University of Exeter’s HASS Strategy. Our aim was to bring together scholars from a range of disciplinary perspectives across the humanities and social sciences, and practitioners in therapy and counselling, writers, artists and activists, all working in the area of sexuality and gender. Continue reading
As part of LGBT History Month 2016 our project director Dr Jana Funke introduced and chaired a discussion on a special film screening by Exeter LGBTQ+ Society of Anders als die Andern (1919), a silent film accompanied by a musical score with English inter titles.
Released in 1919, Anders als die Andern [Different from the Others] is one of the first films in history to portray male homosexuality in a sympathetic light. It was directed by Richard Oswald (1880-1963) and tells the story of a homosexual musician who get blackmailed after falling in love with one of his protégés. The film was co-written by German-Jewish sexual scientist Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935), who also makes a brief appearance in the film.
Jana’s introduction discussed Hirschfeld and his role as one of the most important early sexual scientists and founder of the Institute for Sexual Research in Berlin. He is also remembered as a pioneering activist who advocated for gay, lesbian, trans and intersex rights throughout his life. The group discussion after the film considered the use of the film as part of the campaign to abolish Paragraph 175 of German law which criminalized homosexuality, and the way in which the film portrays of gay men, as well as its reception by mainstream European audiences at the time.