What is the History of Sexuality?

A postcard from the collection of sexologist Richard von Krafft-Ebing used to promote a recent IHR Seminar talk (Image Credit: Wellcome Library, London)

On the 19th of June 2015, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, in conjunction with the Raphael Samuel History Centre, hosted a one day workshop which posed the question ‘What is the History of Sexuality?‘ The workshop was organised in order to formally recognise and celebrate the founding of the History of Sexuality Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. Developed out of the Seminar’s commitment to fostering doctoral students and early career researchers, the workshop provided a lively forum for scholars to test their work. The papers were eclectic in scope and challenged some of the rigid categorisations that have come to define the field.

William Blake, ‘Couple in a Waterlily’, Jerusalem, Ch.2, Plate 28. c. 1820, (Wikimedia Commons)

Below are a series of reflections written by scholars who presented at the workshop. These pieces were first posted on NOTCHES, the scholarly blog which accompanies the History of Sexuality Seminar and publishes and promotes research associated with the Seminar.


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