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February 2018

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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FUTURESEX, University of Surrey

27th June - 28th June

Our project director Jana Funke will be speaking at this conference at the University of Surrey. What are the futures of sex, gender and sexuality? How were futures imagined in the past? We seek to interrogate the shifting norms of sex, gender and sexuality, while questioning how research methodologies can properly attend to these shifts. The conference’s focus straddles historical, contemporary and future imaginations, and thus encourages interdisciplinary contributions. The conference will be an inclusive and welcoming event for those…

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July 2018

Literature, Education and the Sciences of the Mind in Britain and America, 1850-1950

17th July - 18th July

17–18 July 2018 – University of Kent Keynote Speakers: Professor Helen Small, Pembroke College, University of Oxford Professor Priscilla Wald, Duke University This conference aims to stimulate a wide-ranging discussion about the interactions between British and American literature, education, and the sciences of the mind between 1850–1950. We welcome paper and panel proposals on any aspect of British or American literature, education and/or the sciences of the mind broadly construed. This conference is part of Dr Sara Lyons’ (PI), Dr Michael…

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

25th July - 28th July

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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