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March 2016

Guest Speaker: Mary Robson (Durham University)

10th March 2016 @ 12:30 - 14:30
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Free

Mary Robson, creative facilitator in arts in health & education on Wellcome Trust-funded project Hearing the Voice (Durham University) will speak to us on 'Inside and also Independent: The Role of a Creative Facilitator in Interdisciplinary Research Projects'. All welcome. Full abstract and speaker biography below. Part of the Centre for Medical History seminar series at University of Exeter   Abstract  It is often assumed that the Principal Investigator and/or other senior members of an interdisciplinary research project will take sole responsibility for organising…

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May 2016

Sex in Six Objects workshop – the Roman “penis pot”

5th May 2016 @ 15:00 - 16:30
Museum of Archaeology Anthropology, Downing Street
Cambridge, CB2 3DZ United Kingdom
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A free workshop for young people aged 16-25 looking at an intriguing Roman “penis pot” plus a selection of similar artefacts from the past, and how objects like these have helped people in the modern world to think about sexuality. Lead by Drs Jana Funke and Jen Grove of University of Exeter and Imogen Gunn, curator at the Museum of Archaeology Anthropology (MAA), Cambridge. This event is organised jointly by the Rethinking Sexology project and the Sex and History project at the University of Exeter. Part of Sex in Six Objects, a series…

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June 2016

Guest Speaker: Lisa Downing (University of Birmingham)

10th June 2016 @ 15:30 - 17:00
Room 128 Amory Building, Rennes Dr
Exeter, EX4 4RJ United Kingdom
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Lisa Downing, Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality at the University of Birmingham, will talk to us on 'How Do I Love Me? Let Me Count the Ways…. On Female Narcissism, a Problem in the Psy Sciences'. All welcome. Full abstract and speaker biography below. Part of the Centre for Medical History seminar series at University of Exeter.       Abstract Throughout the history of the psy sciences, there has been very little theorisation of, or published clinical data on, female manifestations…

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Transgender history workshop with Ann Heilmann (Cardiff)

14th June 2016 @ 14:00 - 17:00
Trinity Centre, Trinity Road
Bristol, BS2 0NW United Kingdom
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Transgender: Cultural and historical developments and the “case” of James Miranda Barry Ann Heilmann (Cardiff)   This event is part of the Emergenc(i)es Festival, Bristol.  Abstract: This workshop considers the contemporary interest in transgender issues in relation to historical developments. It will explore how have perceptions and understandings of gender, sex and sexuality developed; how have they differed over time and across different cultures? Is it important or helpful to distinguish between gender and sex? The second half of the…

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July 2016

Sex in Six Objects workshop – Freud, Homosexuality & Women

23rd July 2016 @ 10:00 - 13:00
Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, Hampstead
London, NW3 5SX United Kingdom
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You might have heard of ‘Freudian slips’, ‘penis envy’ and the ‘Oedipus complex’, but what did Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, really think about gender and sexuality? Did he believe that we are born with a specific gender identity or sexuality? What did he think about bisexuality, homosexuality and trans identity? How did he treat his patients and what did they make of him? Do his ideas still matter today? This workshop will take place in the Freud Museum…

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October 2016

Beyond The Well of Loneliness: Reassessing Radclyffe Hall’s Place in LGBTQ History

8th October 2016 @ 14:30 - 17:00
The Old Council Chamber, Wills Memorial Building
Bristol, Select a State: BS8 1RJ United Kingdom
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Listen to a recording of the talk here. Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness (1928) is one of the most famous and widely read lesbian novels. It is also a deeply controversial book that has been celebrated for its defence of homosexual relationships and criticised for its bleak depiction of lesbian love. This talk will draw on original archival research to take us beyond The Well of Loneliness and open up a new understanding of Radclyffe Hall’s writings and views…

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November 2016

‘Dangerous’ influences: in the archive with Radclyffe Hall – Being Human Festival

21st November 2016 @ 20:00 - 21:30
Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street
Exeter, EX4 3LS United Kingdom
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What influences shape our sexuality? Can literature be a ‘dangerous’ influence? In 1928, Radclyffe Hall’s lesbian novel ‘The Well of Loneliness’ was banned as ‘obscene’ and described as a ‘danger’ to youth. This event will feature a short performance written by playwright Natalie McGrath that draws on University of Exeter lecturer Dr Jana Funke’s work on this writer. Join us for an interactive event that will offer a unique opportunity to explore and debate topical questions about sexuality, literary history,…

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December 2016

Is the AIDS crisis over? – World AIDS Day

1st December 2016 @ 10:30 - 11:30
Constantine Leventis Teaching Room, Building:One, University of Exeter, 21 St German's Rd
Exeter, Devon EX4 6TG
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In recognition of World AIDS Day, Dr João Florêncio will be delivering a talk entitled "Is the AIDS crisis over?" Over three decades after the first cases of what we came to know as AIDS were first identified in the US, and exactly 20 years since the development of drug combinations effective in managing HIV, one could be forgiven for thinking the AIDS Crisis is over. However, with treatment estimated to still only reach less than half of the people…

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February 2017

Exeter LGBT History Festival 2017

1st February 2017 - 28th February 2017

The City of Exeter is going to be an official hub for The National Festival of LGBT History for the first time in February 2017. Events across Exeter will be exploring the unique and diverse LGBT histories of the South West and beyond. Our official festival launch will take place on Saturday 11th February at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. The Lord Mayor of Exeter will formally open the Festival, and we will hear from a range of voices with distinctive…

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May 2017

Electric Spaces – Leaping Off the Page (Exeter Pride Workshop)

13th May 2017 @ 17:00 - 18:00
Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street
Exeter, EX4 3LS United Kingdom
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Electric Spaces - Leaping Off the Page A workshop for Exeter Pride 13th May 2017 "The desert appears before us. Go on. Imagine it." Explore, debate and celebrate literature by lesbian, bisexual and queer women in the past and present! Playwright and author Natalie McGrath (Dreadnought South West) will offer a reading of her piece "Electric Spaces', a gripping personal reflection on the ways in which literature compels us to imagine new connections, desires and identities. Following her reading, Natalie will be in conversation with Dr Jana Funke (University of Exeter) to discuss literature…

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