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November 2017

IHR History of Sexuality Seminar: Katie Sutton (Australian National University)

7th November 2017 @ 17:15 - 19:00
IHR Pollard Seminar Room, N301, Third Floor, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, Senate House
London, United Kingdom
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"Redefining “Normal” Child Sexuality: Encounters between Sexologists and Psychoanalysts at the fin de siècle" Part of The History of Sexuality seminar at the Institute of Historical Research (co-organised by our director Dr Jana Funke). 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…

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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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Expressing Sex: An Informal Workshop for Young People (16-25)

10th February @ 14:00 - 16:00
M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd
Bristol, bristol Bristol BS1 4RN United Kingdom
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Please note this is an informal drop in session, so come anytime between 2 and 4pm! Location: M Shed Studio Rooms Part of LGBT History Month Bristol, hosted by M Shed, organised by Outstories, Bristol 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…

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March 2018

“You, Dear Doctor, Are My Only Rescue!” performance + talk

1st March @ 16:00 - 18:00
Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street EX4 3LS + Google Map

Free Event: “You, Dear Doctor, Are My Only Rescue!”, March 1st, Exeter Phoenix “You, Dear Doctor, Are My Only Rescue!”, March 1st, Exeter Phoenix Join us for a free event dedicated to the history of sexuality and sexual science in Poland. We'll start with a performance created by Agnieszka Kościańska and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, followed with a talk by Agnieszka on the roots and purpose of this project and an open discussion with the audience. Please RSVP at or More…

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Sexology and ideology in the age of institutionalization (1960-2000)

21st March @ 08:00 - 23rd March @ 17:00

Centre interdisciplinaire d’étude des religions et de la laïcité (CIERL), Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), 17 avenue FD Roosevelt, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgique. Les langues du colloque sont le français et l’anglais. Il n’y a pas de traduction simultanée prévue. The languages of the conference are French and English. There is no simultaneous translation provided. PRESENTATION : La sexologie entretient de multiples rapports avec l’idéologie. Ayant pour objet la sexualité, la sexologie est un ensemble de savoirs et de pratiques ayant…

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April 2018

Queer Modernism(s) II – Keynote Jana Funke

12th April - 13th April

Our co-director Dr Jana Funke will be a keynote at Queer Modernism(s) II: Intersectional Identities, will be held on April 12th & 13th 2018 at the University of Oxford. Queer Modernism(s) II is an interdisciplinary, international conference exploring the place of queer identity in modernist art, literature and culture, with an emphasis on intersecting identities. Panelists will question, discuss and interrogate the social, sexual, romantic, artistic, affective, legal and textual relationship between queer identity and modernity. More details and programme:…

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

26th April - 28th April
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 @ 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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June 2018

A Fantastic Woman: Film screening and Q&A with Gonzalo Maza (Grand Challenges event)

6th June @ 17:30 - 20:00
Alumni Lecture Theatre, University of Exeter

Screening of the Oscar-winning film, A Fantastic Woman (Chile, 2017), followed by Q&A with its co-writer and co-director, Gonzalo Maza (PhD candidate in Film, University of Exeter) in conversation with Prof Sally Faulkner. This critically acclaimed film tells the story of a transgender woman coming to terms with the loss of her partner in a society that does not know how to deal with transgender identities. Read the Guardian review here: This event is held as part of the Gender…

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