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December 2016

Histoires de la sexologie / Histories of sexology conference, University of Lausanne

12th December 2016
Institut des hautes études en administration publique (Room 004), University of Lausanne France + Google Map

Our project directors, Professor Kate Fisher and Dr Jana Funke presented at the second event in this series of gatherings which seeks to assess the current state of research in a thriving field and to create a European research network on the history of sexology. Kate and Jana spoke on "Age difference and the emergence of gendered models of sexuality in European sexual science?". See the abstract here. Full conference programme here. For more information please see the event website or contact the conference organiser Cynthia…

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February 2017

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

8th February @ 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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Interdisciplinary Histories Conference

13th February - 14th February
Mercure Southgate Hotel, Southernhay East
Exeter, Devon EX1 1QF United Kingdom
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This conference is part of the Wellcome Trust-funded Rethinking Sexology project at the University of Exeter.  The first Rethinking Sexology conference examines dynamics of interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration from a historical perspective. It asks what can be gained by exploring moments, sites and traditions of dialogue across disciplines, fields of knowledge and forms of expertise in the past. One area of interest is late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century sexual science: Western European sexual scientists, including those with medical training, articulated an…

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Rethinking Sexology project launch!

14th February @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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Sexual Knowledge Cultures Seminar – Philippa Levine

9th June @ 08:00 - 17:00

Reed Hall, Ibraham Ahmed Room 3-4:30pm, with a wine reception to follow.  In conjunction with Exeter's Sexual Knowledge unit, Centre for Imperial and Global History and Global Engagement and Development we are delighted to welcome Professor Philippa Levine (University of Texas at Austin) to Exeter to speak on "Slavery and the Aesthetics of Abjection". There will be tea, coffee and cake, and a wine reception following the paper. All are very welcome!   Abstract: Humanitarian photographers have long known the value of a well-shot…

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

15th June - 17th June
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 @ 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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