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July 2018

Medicine Meets the Sexed Body: Discovering, Diagnosing, Producing and Shaping

25th July 2018 - 28th July 2018

Panel convened by Sorcha Uí Chonnachtaigh and David Andrew Griffiths at this year’s European Association for the Study of Science and Technology conference. The CfP deadline is Feb 14th 2018. Any questions, please contact me and Sorcha (, ). EASST2018: MEETINGS - Making Science, Technology & Society Together, 25-28th July 2018, Lancaster University, UK Medicine Meets the Sexed Body: Discovering, Diagnosing, Producing and Shaping  Western biomedicine has historically worked within a strict binary model of sex and gender, pathologizing those forms of embodiment that do not…

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September 2018

Critically Queer conference, Bristol

21st September 2018

Jana Funke and Jen Grove will be presenting at the Critically Queer conference, a two-day event that will be held at the University of Bristol in September 2018. This conference is attempting to build connections between academics, community organisers, activists, artists, and individuals with a vested interest in what it means to be LGBTQIA+ in 2018. Our key interest is in pragmatic approaches to queer studies (although theoretical papers will be considered). Paper Title: Transformations: Co-Producing Knowledge about Gender Identity…

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October 2018

Sexology and Development: Exploring the Global History of the Sexual Sciences

4th October 2018 - 6th October 2018

Sexology and Development: Exploring the Global History of the Sexual Sciences Barcelona, Spain 4th to 6th October 2018 This international conference is jointly organised by Rethinking Sexology and Chiara Beccalossi’s Sexology, Hormones and Medical Experiments in the Latin Atlantic World project at the University of Lincoln.  Both projects are funded by the Wellcome Trust. The conference seeks to investigate the global history of the sexual sciences by focusing on the concept of development. For more details see here.

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Sex, Sexuality & Classical Reception (Early Career event)

22nd October 2018 @ 08:00 - 17:00

3-5pm followed by drinks (venue tbc). All welcome!  The event is organised in conjunction with the Centre for Medical History, Exeter Classical Receptions Network, the National Classical Reception Studies Network, and the Sexual Knowledge unit. Speakers: Mara Gold (Oxford) : "Citizens of Lesbos: Sapphic Code and the Language of Lesbian Desire" Georgina Barker (Edinburgh/Exeter):  'Pigeons and Parrots, Sappho and Cynthia: Elena Shvarts' Recipe for Making the Modern Classical Woman' Rebecca Mellor (York) title tbc

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November 2018

Concepts of Sexual Health from the 18th to the 21st Centuries

8th November 2018 - 10th November 2018
Montafoner Heimatmuseum Schruns, Kirchpl. 15
Schruns, 6780 Austria
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Concepts of Sexual Health from the 18th to the 21st Centuries 2018 Annual Conference of the Society for the Social History of Medicine - (Hi)stories of Sickness and Health 08.11.2018-10.11.2018 Schruns, Vorarlberg, Montafoner Heimatmuseum Various disciplines have addressed the topic of "sexuality" over the centuries. Whether medical experts, biologists, theologians, educational theorists, legal scholars or demographers, each discipline defined characteristic parameters against the backdrop of the epistemic traditions specific for their scholarly field. Thus, concepts of sexuality as moral or…

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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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February 2019

Film Screening: A Deal with the Universe

12th February @ 19:30 - 21:30
Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street EX4 3LS + Google Map

A DEAL WITH THE UNIVERSE (CTBA) + SPECIAL PREVIEW SCREENING + DIRECTOR Q&A Dir. Jason Barker 2018, 90 mins, UK 7.30pm + Q&A Documentary A Deal With The Universe is filmmaker Jason Barker’s debut feature. Autobiographical and made entirely from personal archive and home video diaries, the film follows Jason’s incredible story of how he came to give birth to his child, charting over 15 years of his and his partner’s life. This film is groundbreaking in terms of its intimate insights…

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Sex, Sexuality & Classical Reception seminar + book launch!

28th February @ 15:30 - 19:00

*PLEASE NOTE THE EVENT START TIME HAS BEEN CHANGED TO 15:30* This seminar brings together three early career researchers exploring the history of sex and sexuality and the reception of the ancient world in the 19th and 20th centuries. Followed by a launch of Sculpture, Sexuality and History: Encounters in Literature, Culture and the Arts from the Eighteenth Century to the Present (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), edited by Jana Funke and Jen Grove. Further details here!

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June 2019

Sexual Knowledge and Expertise in Eastern Europe, before and after 1945.

3rd June - 5th June

Sexual Knowledge and Expertise in Eastern Europe, before and after 1945. Brno 3 - 5 June 2019 A collaboration between the Rethinking Sexology project and Masaryk University (Czech Republic). Details and Call for Papers here!  

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Sex and Nature: 1800-2018

10th June - 11th June
Exeter United Kingdom + Google Map

Sex and Nature: 1800-2018 This conference is co-organised by Dr Ina Linge, Associate Research Fellow with the Rethinking Sexology project, and Dr Sarah Bezan, Newton International Fellow at The University of Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre (ShARC). The CFP for this conference can be found here. Keynote speakers: Greta LaFleur, Yale University, USA Astrida Neimanis, University of Sydney, Australia Artist in Residence: Amy Cutler, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK    

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