Victorian Sexualities – A Panel Discussion of Histories and Methods, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities Thursday, 5 November 2015 from 18:00 to 20:30 (GMT) London, United Kingdom

 Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities

The publication in the late-1970s and early-1980s of Michel Foucault’s 3-volume History of Sexuality had an enormous impact on the shaping of research in the humanities and social sciences and on the development of academic history writing in these years. For those working on the cultural history of the Victorian period, Foucault’s writing opened up new ways of understanding the formation of gender and sexual identities and of working with a wide range of archival and primary material. The sexual politics of the nineteenth century were filtered through the sexual politics of the late-twentieth century and methodologies were created that allowed these connections to be explored as fully as possible.

In recent years there has been a return to the history of sexuality in relation to the expanding field of gender and sexual history, but certain questions remain as pressing as they were in the 1970s and 1980s. This panel brings together a number of writers who were working on the history of sexuality in the context of the first publication of Foucault and who are now returning to the subject in their current work. It invites them to consider their original engagement with the history of sexuality and to reflect on how their understanding of and approach to the subject has shifted in the light of recent work in the field.

Panel members:


Birkbeck Historians Launch Trauma Project

Birkbeck Historians Launch Trauma Project

Birkbeck History Research Students' Forum

Birkbeck historians have launched a project into the study of trauma in science and medicine.

The Birkbeck Trauma Project, led by Professor Joanna Bourke and Dr Louise Hide of the College’s Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, will explore the production and experience of violence and aggression within scientific, medical, and societal contexts over the past two centuries.

The interdisciplinary research initiative builds on the work of the Birkbeck Pain Project – a study funded by the Wellcome Trust which set out to investigate how people-in-pain between the eighteenth century and the present made sense of their suffering and sought to communicate it to other people.

Supported by the Birkbeck Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF), the new project will investigate trauma as a construct within medical and scientific discourse, and in negotiation with social worlds.

Through the project’s dedicated website, the academics aim…

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HCA Graduate Research Symposium Programme

HCA Graduate Research Symposium Programme

Birkbeck History Research Students' Forum

Graduate Research Symposium

Spring 2015 Programme

Date:   Monday 16 March 2015

Time:   2.00 -5.00 pm

Venue:            Room 101, 30 Russell Square

A ten-minute slot for questions and discussion follows each panel

2.00-2.15         Tea/coffee, Introduction

Panel 1            (2.15-3.05)      The practice of widow burning in 19th century India

                        Chair: Adam Shapiro

2.15-2.35         “Is the abolition of suttee decreed by the British nation… in force in India, or is it not?”: the disruptive tale of sati in the Indian princely states in the mid-nineteenth century. Sue Blunn

2.35-2.55         Before numbers: how a quantitative social question was understood before social statistics. Guy Beckett

2.55-3.05         Questions and discussion

Tea Break        3.05-3.25


Panel 2            (3.25-4.35)      Representations across time

                        Chair:  Brodie Waddell

3.25-3.45         Rome and the Bosporus: representations of urban elite within the funeral epigraphy of the Bosporan kingdom from first-century B.C. to the fourth century A.D. Magdalena Bulanda

3.45-4.05         Studying Imperial Tommy…

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