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April 2018

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

26th April 2018 - 28th April 2018
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 2018 @ 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 2018 @ 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 2018 - 28th June 2018

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 2018 - 18th July 2018

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 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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