Seminar Series in the History of Sexuality 2018-19 programme

Convened by the Raphael Samuel History Centre

No booking required, just turn up. Seminars usually take place in the Pollard Seminar Room N301, unless otherwise stated*. The Pollard Room is on the third floor of the main IHR building in Senate House, London.


For further information, please contact Craig Griffiths at

Seminar web page at the IHR

Tuesday 2 October, 5.15pm , Rethinking sexual geography: ‘sexuality’ and European identity, c. 1550-1700. Nailya Shamgunova (University of Cambridge)

 Tuesday 13 November, 5.15pm, Love in flame: Sex as object in the medieval mind and society, Eleanor Janega

 Tuesday 11 December, 5.15pm, ‘No member pertaining to his body was ever in her’: policing male sexual behaviour in the Ulster Presbyterian community, 1700-1830. Leanne Calvert (University of Hertfordshire)

*Tuesday 22 January, 5.15pm, ‘Not when you are looking for something’ – Spatial, social, narrative and political cruising through Haifa’s city-space. Dotan Brom and Yoav Zaritsky (The Haifa Queer History Project). PLEASE NOTE Due to a boycott of Senate House venues, this seminar will take place at Goldsmiths in room 140 of the Richard Hoggart Building,  Goldsmith’s University of London. As ever, there is no need to book and all are welcome.

Tuesday 5 February, 5.15pm, Harping Hares and Other Marginalia, Ruth Mazo Karras (Trinity College Dublin)

Tuesday 5 March, 5.15pm, Ultra Sensitive? How the history of emotions can benefit the history of homosexualities Benno Gammerl (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Tuesday 30 April, 5.15pm, Sex, Health and the State: Britain’s VD Service, 1918–1948. Anne Hanley (Birkbeck, University of London) and VD in the USSR: Science, Sexuality and Social Control, Siobhan Hearne (University of Durham)

Tuesday 28 May, 5.15pm, Transtopia and the Rhetoric of History, Howard Chiang (University of California)

Tuesday 18 June, 5.15 pm,‘All the soldiers want to make love’. Same-sex encounters between soldiers and civilians in the Second World War, Henk de Smaele (University of Antwerp). NB: this seminar takes place in the North American History Room, IHR building


Seminar Convenors: Chiara Beccalossi (University of Lincoln), Alison Oram (Leeds Beckett University), Craig Griffiths (Manchester Metropolitan University), Christopher M. Waters (Williams University), Heike Bauer (Birkbeck), Jana Funke (University of Exeter), Julia Laite (Birkbeck), Jane Mackelworth (Queen Mary), Justin Bengry (Goldsmiths), Claire Hayward (Kingston University), Matt Cook (Birkbeck), Sean Brady (Birkbeck), Sarah Toulalan (University of Exeter), Daniel Callwood (Queen Mary), Katherine Harvey (Birkbeck), Tommy Dickinson (King’s College London), Janet Weston (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), Daniel Orrells (King’s College London).


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