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March 2017

‘Selfish Cinema’: Guest Speaker Lisa Downing (University of Birmingham)

27th March 2017 @ 15:30 - 17:30

CIFR/ English seminar series "Selfish Cinema: Questions of Gender and Control in Adaptations of Ayn Rand for the Screen", Professor Lisa Downing (University of Birmingham) Date and Time: Monday 27 March 2017, 15:30-17:30 Venue: MR rooms, University of Exeter More details here. Abstract: This paper examines onscreen representations of the work and legacy of influential, pro-capitalist writer and philosopher Ayn Rand, infamous for her theory of selfishness as a virtue. It explores two films: King Vidor’s The Fountainhead (1949), based…

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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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‘Men of the World’: Royal Historical Society / Ex-Historia symposium

26th May 2017 @ 15:00 - 17:00
University of Exeter Exeter, EX4 4QH + Google Map

Margaret Room 3, Queens Building Abstracts: The Pursuit of the Rasik: Translating Masculinities in Early Modern South Asia, Sonia Wigh, University of Exeter.  The urge to classify and define seems to be an innate human quality. Erotological texts propound a four-fold classification based on a particular part of the male anatomy. This classification, then becomes the basis for an elaborate discussion on physiognomy and masculinity. Hence, the issue of men’s sexuality in the context of South Asian history, in large…

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June 2017

Sexual Knowledge Cultures Seminar – Joy Dixon and Amber K. Regis

1st June 2017 @ 15:00 - 18:00
Digital Humanities Seminar Room, 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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Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference, University of Exeter

29th June 2017 - 30th June 2017
University of Exeter Exeter, EX4 4QH + Google Map

Ana Tomcic (Sexual Knowledge member) is co-organising the University of Exeter Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference. The programme includes the following that may be of interest to Sexual Knowledge members and others:   -Welcome and keynote by Dr Ina Linge, Associate Research Fellow, Rethinking Sexology project, University of Exeter (and Sexual Knowledge member). -Reproduction, Family Planning and Embryonic Research: Social and Ethical Perspectives a) Ahmet Karakaya: “Bioethics through a Religious Lens: Exploring the Religious Discourses on Embryonic Stem Cell Research in Turkey” b)…

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January 2018

Workshop: Exploring the history of modern sex advice

19th January 2018 @ 15:00 - 17:00
Constantine Leventis Teaching Room, Building:One, University of Exeter, 21 St German's Rd
Exeter, Devon EX4 6TG
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This workshop, run as a joint endeavour between the Sexual Knowledge Unit and Exeter's Rethinking Sexology project, 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…

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February 2018

Rebellious Sound Archive Meets LGBT History Month

15th February 2018 @ 15:30 - 17:30

Thursday 15th February 2018 – 3.30-5.30pm – Exeter Phoenix Cafe Bar. Dreadnought Co-Director Natalie McGrath and Dr Jana Funke from the Institute of Sexology (University of Exeter), will host the Rebellious Sounds Archive, whilst sharing  Jana’s research of LGBTQ women from the women’s suffrage campaign at Exeter Phoenix. Come along, say hello and be part of the conversation as it is a drop in session.   You will also be welcome to experience the listening booth’s stories of the Rebellious Sounds Archive.  It might be you also…

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Heteronormativity in Practice: Marginalization and Inequity in the Law and Public Sector

28th February 2018 @ 10:00 - 15:00

Gender Research Group, University of Exeter - Inaugural Workshop Building upon the vast literature exploring the social construction of gender, scholarship is increasingly highlighting heterosexuality as the coherent and privileged frame in legal and political venues. As a result, homosexuality not only continues to be marginalized as an identity in these spheres, but the administration and delivery of a host of policy sectors including the criminal justice system, healthcare and education proliferate an inequitable approach. Work has thus far been…

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March 2018

Rethinking Marriage: Theoretical and Policy Challenges

21st March 2018 @ 13:30 - 16:00

The “Rethinking Marriage: Theoretical and Policy Challenges” event being run jointly between the Gender Research Network and the FRS Network will be held in the afternoon on Wednesday 21st March. The confirmed speakers are: Professor Brian Heaphy (Sociology, Manchester, speaking on his research around marriage and formalised partnerships). Dr Zainab Navqi (Law, Birmingham, speaking on feminist theory and polyamory). Professor Rosemary Auchmuty (Law, Reading, speaking on feminist theory, sexuality, law on marriage and Civil Partnerships). Dr Susannah Cornwall (Theology and Religion,…

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October 2018

Same-sex desire in the Royal Navy during the Great War

3rd October 2018 @ 16:00 - 18:00

As part of Centre for Maritime Historical Studies seminar series Laura Rowe will be speaking on: ‘Same-sex desire in the Royal Navy during the Great War’.  The seminar will take place on 3 October 2018 in Amory Building, Room B316, at 4pm. There will also a glass of wine after the seminar to celebrate the launch of Laura’s new book. For further details contact:

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