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September 2016

Europe’s Spiritual ’68: Catholics, Contraception and Comparative Perspectives on Humanae Vitae

12th September 2016 - 13th September 2016
King’s College London, , Strand Campus, Department of History – Floor 8, Room S8.08 Strand
LONDON, WC1R 2LS United Kingdom
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The format of this colloquium at King's College London will be highly discussion-orientated, based on the pre-circulation of papers in late August and very short presentations at the gathering. This is to ensure that there is ample time for in-depth consideration of the commonalities and contrasting factors in the ‘reception’ of Humanae Vitae in different European contexts and to aid the identification of overarching and constructive theoretical and methodological perspectives in converting these papers into an edited volume. As such,…

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February 2017

A brief history of LGBTQ psychology: From pathology to identity, and beyond

8th February 2017 @ 14:00 - 15:30

An event from University of the West of England, Bristol Victoria and Nikki are both Chartered psychologists and work in the field of LGBTQ psychology. About the speakers Nikki has published papers and chapters on bisexual women's identities and is a member of the British Psychological Society Psychology of Sexualities Section Committee. Victoria has published several books in the field including the prize winning Out in Psychology (Wiley) and LGBTQ Psychology (Cambridge University Press) and has research interests encompassing lesbian and…

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Rethinking Sexology project launch!

14th February 2017 @ 17:30 - 19:30
The Devon and Exeter Institution, 7 Cathedral Close
Exeter, EX1 1EZ
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Friends and colleagues joined us drinks reception to celebrate the launch of our Wellcome Trust-funded project, Rethinking Sexology. The evening took place at the The Devon and Exeter Institution which occupies historic premises at the heart of Exeter in Cathedral Close (see below for address).  We celebrated the completion of our full project team and look forward to forthcoming project activities! We would be delighted if you could come. Please click here to register your attendance. 

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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 @ 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 @ 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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