In March 2019 we held a series of four workshops, each on a different theme relating to the history of gender and medicine. From autobiographical accounts of people transitioning at the start of the 20th century, to photos from inside the first Institute for Sexual Science in 1920s and 1930s Berlin, we examined, interrogated and creatively played with materials from the past. This helped us to think in new and interesting ways about gender and sex today and to ask questions such as what do medical frameworks give us, and what do they leave out, ignore, and obscure in both historical and contemporary contexts?
The workshops were co-designed and run by:
Jason Barker, award-winning writer, filmmaker and artist.
Bon O’Hara, youth worker at Gendered Intelligence.
Professor Kate Fisher , Professor of History at the University of Exeter.
Dr Jana Funke , Senior Lecturer in Medical Humanities, based in the Department of English at the University of Exeter.
Dr Jen Grove , classicist and historian and an Engaged Research Fellow in the Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter.
Professor Rebecca Langlands, Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter.
Dr Ina Linge , modern linguist with a focus on gender and sexuality studies and she is an Associate Research Fellow in the Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter.
Kazuki Yamada , a PhD Candidate in the QUEX Institute for Global Sustainability and Wellbeing at the University of Exeter and the University of Queensland, with a focus on ageing and its intersections with topics such as sexuality and migration.
Check out the specials guests we had at the workshops in our blog posts!