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May 2017

Sexual Modernism, Women’s Writing and Sexual Science – Gendered Lives Research Seminar

3rd May 2017 @ 14:00 - 16:00

"Lesbian Identities" The Gendered Lives Summer Research Seminar welcomes Jana Funke from Exeter and Sarah Parker from Loughborough and focuses upon lesbian identity in the late Victorian and early twentieth-century periods.  2-4 pm, Wednesday 3rd May 2017, MHL.0.07, Martin Hall, Loughborough University  Jana Funke (University of Exeter), ‘Sexual Modernism, Women’s Writing and Sexual Science: The Case of Bryher and Havelock Ellis’ Sexual science and modernist women’s writing have often been seen as related but oppositional projects: sexual science has been viewed as…

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IHR History of Sexuality Seminar: Joy Dixon (University of British Columbia)

30th May 2017 @ 17:15 - 19:15
IHR Pollard Seminar Room, N301, Third Floor, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, Senate House
London, United Kingdom
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Que(e)rying Social Purity: Sexology, Theology, and Sexual Modernity Joy Dixon (University of British Columbia) Part of The History of Sexuality seminar at the Institute of Historical Research. The seminar series is convened by the Raphael Samuel History Centre. All seminars are open to all and there is no need to register in advance. If you have any questions about the seminar please contact Craig Griffiths at: See the website for more details. Follow the seminar series on Twitter @ihr_sexuality

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June 2017

Sexual Knowledge Cultures Seminar – Joy Dixon and Amber K. Regis

1st June 2017 @ 15:00 - 18:00
Queens N mini-theatre, The Queen's Dr
Exeter, EX4 4QH
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Queen's N Mini-Theatre, 3-6 pm Please note that the lecture theatre is in the new Digital Humanities Lab. It can be accessed through the DH Lab Main Entrance in the Car Park at the back of the Queen’s Building. Please join us for our seminar on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century cultures of sexual knowledge. The papers will be of interest to staff and students working on sexuality and gender, the history of science and medicine, life writing, reception studies and critical editing. There will…

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Dagmar Herzog on Critical Sexology in Germany and Teresa de Lauretis on Freud

15th June 2017 - 17th June 2017
Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich, Rämistrasse 71
Zürich, 8006 Switzerland
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"The Making of Sexuality: Entangled Histories of Regulation, Intelligibility and Subjectivation" - International Interdisciplinary Workshop Organised by Gender Studies, University of Zurich - Convenors: Prof. Dr. Bettina Dennerlein and Dr. Monika Gsell, M.A. Helena Rust Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich In current public debates, ideological fault lines are increasingly organized around issues of gender and sexuality as prominently illustrated by the formula of the “sexual clash of civilizations”. According to this vision, “Western” sexual democracy or sexual…

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October 2017

Talk: ‘Scientific Respectability and Popular Disseminations of Sex Research in Interwar German Film’ (Dr Katie Sutton, Australian National University)

12th October 2017 @ 14:00 - 15:30

Digital Humanities Seminar Room, Queens Building, The Queen's Dr, Exeter. EX4 4QH. Abstract: In the socially progressive and politically tumultuous interwar period, researchers in the German-speaking lands were world leaders in the study of sex. Increasingly, sexologists such as Magnus Hirschfeld in Berlin and Eugen Steinach in Vienna were turning not only to photography as a seemingly more ‘scientific’ evidential medium than the narrative patient histories upon which they had once relied, but also the cutting-edge technologies of film. Followers…

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January 2018

Workshop: Exploring the history of modern sex advice

19th January 2018 @ 15:00 - 17:00
Building:One, 21 St German's Rd EX4 6TG United Kingdom + Google Map

This workshop, run as a joint endeavour between the Rethinking Sexology project and Exeter's Sexual Knowledge Unit, will explore the history of sex advice in the modern world. It will feature papers from Dr Ben Mechen (UCL), Dr Caroline Rusterholz (Birkbeck), and Linnea Tillema (QMUL/Uppsala). Pearson Teaching Room, Building:One, Streatham Campus ----------------------------------------   Dr Caroline Rusterholz (Birkbeck) Women Doctors and Sexual Disorders in England (1930s-1970s) This presentation explores the expansion of birth control sessions in Family Planning Centres towards sexual…

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February 2018

Workshop: ‘Biological Discourses: Science, Sexuality, and the Novel around 1900’

8th February 2018 @ 15:00 - 17:00

Digital Humanities Seminar Room, Queens Building, The Queen’s Dr, Exeter. EX4 4QH. This multi-speaker, interdisciplinary workshop will feature the following papers: Dr Charlotte Woodford (Cambridge): 'Sexology and women's sexual emancipation: Lou Andreas-Salome's theories of female sexuality and her novella 'Deviations' (1898) as literary case study' Dr Godela Weiss-Sussex (Cambridge):  ‘Monism, Eugenics, and (the Limits of) Female Agency: Grete Meisel-Hess's Novel Die Intellektuellen (1911)’ This seminar is hosted by the University of Exeter’s Centre for Medical History and the  Rethinking Sexology…

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April 2018

Sex, sexuality & reproduction: historical perspectives, 32nd Irish Conference of Historians

26th April 2018 - 28th April 2018
University College Cork

The 32nd Irish Conference of Historians will take place at University College Cork, Thursday 26-Saturday 28 April, 2018. The theme of the conference will be Sex, sexuality & reproduction: historical perspectives. The Rethinking Sexology team are organising a panel "New perspectives on sexual science (1890-1960)".  Panel abstract: The study of the history of sexology is rapidly expanding. In recent years two major collections have in particular increased our understanding of the global development and exchange of sexological knowledge, by looking…

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May 2018

Workshop: China and Sexology

4th May 2018 @ 15:00 - 17:00
Digital Humanities seminar room 2, University of Exeter

This inter-disciplinary workshop will feature papers from Dr Leon Rocha (University of Liverpool), and Dr Ting Guo (University of Exeter). You can find the abstracts below. This seminar is hosted by the University of Exeter’s Centre for Medical History and the  Rethinking Sexology project, and is part of the Medical History and Humanities seminar series (details of which can be found here) If you have any questions about the event then please get in touch with either of the co-conveners: Dr…

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December 2018

Seminar: ‘Unresolved Conflicts about Sex: Julian Huxley and the Progress of Sexology in Britain, 1916-1930’

13th December 2018 @ 15:00 - 17:00

Ross Brooks (Oxford Brookes) will join us on the 13th of December 2018 to give a paper titled 'Unresolved Conflicts about Sex: Julian Huxley and the Progress of Sexology in Britain, 1916-1930.' The event, co-hosted with Exeter's Centre for Medical History and the Sexual Knowledge Unit, will take place between 3-5 in Forum seminar room 12. All welcome! More information about Centre seminars can be found from the following webpage: Abstract: This paper recovers a significant body of Julian…

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