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November 2019

Trans History & Heritage Seminar

27th November 2019 @ 15:30 - 17:30

Trans History & Heritage Seminar, 27th November, Digital Humanities Seminar Room, 3.30-5.30. All welcome! Dr Emma Vickers, ‘Dry Your Eyes, Princess: oral testimony, photography and co-creation’ This presentation will explore ‘Dry Your Eyes, Princess’, a project that used oral testimony and photography to narrate the experiences of trans veterans of the British Armed Forces. It discusses the historical background of the underpinning research and will reflect on some of the methodological considerations that arose as a result of the close…

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January 2020

Sexuality, Gender and Visual Cultures in 20th-century Germany

22nd January 2020 @ 15:00 - 17:30

Abstracts: Sex Sells! Wolfgang Gurlitt, Erotic Print Culture and Women Artists in the Weimar Republic Camilla Smith This talk explores erotic material commissioned by the art dealer and publisher Wolfgang Gurlitt (1888–1965). Between 1919 and 1920, Gurlitt published a hand-printed series of erotic volumes Der Venuswagen (The Chariot of Venus), which straddled the areas of art, literature and sexology that saw him end up in court. A decade later, he commissioned the artist Jeanne Mammen to illustrate Pierre Louÿs’ Les…

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February 2020

Sex, science, and censorship in the 19th and 20th centuries

17th February 2020 - 18th February 2020
Granada Spain + Google Map

For CfP and full details visit the conference webpages.

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October 2020

Sex and Nature salon: Why are we obsessed with gay penguins?

21st October 2020 @ 19:00 - 21:00

The first event tackles the very important question 'Why are we all obsessed with gay penguins?'. Featuring a mixture of interactive games and discussion the event also features talks from Dr Ina Linge (University of Exeter), Florence Schechter (Science Comedian and Director of the Vagina Museum) and Ross Brooks PhD researcher and historian (Oxford Brookes) writing a dissertation on 'Evolution's Closet: Queer Science in Britain, 1871-1957'. For more information about the Sex and Nature salon check out our website:…

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December 2020

Sex and Nature salon: Happy Endlings

2nd December 2020 @ 19:00 - 21:00

The second Sex and Nature Salon focuses on the theme of 'extinction' and features talks from multi-disciplinary artist Maria Lux and Dr Sarah Bezan, post-doctorial researcher in Perceptions of Biodiversity Change at the University of York as well as performances from stand-up comedian Andrew O'Neill and a special appearance from Lonesome George the Tortoise (who has a strikingly odd resemblance to Scottish comedian Eleanor Morton). For more information about the Sex and Nature salon check out our website:

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February 2021

Sex and Nature salon: What’s the deal with gay frogs?

10th February 2021 @ 19:00 - 21:00

On Wednesday 10th February, Siân and Ina host the third and final Sex and Nature Salon of their Creative Fellowship. The line-up features a talk from Dr Hannah Boast (specialist on ‘Ecofeminism to Alt-Right: Gay Frogs, Xenoestrogens and Contemporary Environmental Culture) and performances from the award-winning Dragprov Revue and comedian Thom Tuck (disguised as Senator Bernie Sanders). For more information about the Sex and Nature salon check out our website:  

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The International Institute for Cultural Enquiry: “Queering the Humanities” Seminar

24th February 2021 @ 15:30 - 18:00

The International Institute for Cultural Enquiry (IICE) is delighted to host this seminar on “Queering the Humanities”, as part of our aim to explore methodologies and theoretical insights which challenge research across the humanities and elsewhere. Programme: Introductions by Rob Gleave (Director of IICE) Ina Linge: “queering public engagement: the sex and nature salon” Sabiha Allouche: “Queering the Humanities, the Social Sciences, STEM, and everything in between, or why every field ever invented needs Queer Theory” Roundtable: Queering the Humanities…

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April 2021

Nature and Morality: (Non)Human Sexuality in Science and Literature

8th April 2021 @ 14:00 - 10th April 2021 @ 16:00

3-day workshop to be held at the ACLA (via zoom) Recent work in the history and philosophy of science has focused on the moral authority of nature (Against Nature, Lorraine Daston, 2019; The Moral Authority of Nature, eds. Loraine Daston & Fernando Vidal, 2003), while feminist and queer studies have explored the relationship between sex(uality) and nature (The Natural History of Sexuality in Early America, Greta LaFleur, 2018; Anthropocene Feminism, ed. Richard Grusin, 2017; Queer Ecology, eds. Catriona Sandilands &…

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July 2021

Exchange Symposium presents: the Sex and Nature salon

2nd July 2021 @ 10:00 - 11:00

Presenters: Siân Docksey, stand-up comedian, writer, and Arts and Culture Creative Fellow 2020-21 Dr Ina Linge, Lecturer in German in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, and Affiliate of the Centre for Medical History, and Co-director of the Sexual Knowledge Unit, University of Exeter The Sex and Nature Salon is an online event format where academia meets queer comedy cabaret in a hilarious whirlwind of fascinating talks, stand-up, drag and irreverent fun. Guest academics present a short, juicy lecture…

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Taking Museum Engagement on Histories of Sexuality and Gender Online

22nd July 2021 @ 14:00 - 17:30

This knowledge exchange workshop will bring together curators, museum educators, creative practitioners and academics from the UK, Germany, and USA currently developing museum and public engagement work around histories of gender and sexuality.

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