Author Archives: Lauren Castle

History Workshop 2: Language, Labels and Categories, 16th March 2019

We live in a world with many labels for gender and sexual identities. But where did they come from? Some of them originate in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, when people, a lot of them scientists or medical doctors, invented a wide range of new labels and categories. The second workshop of the ‘Transformations’ series explored the history of labels for gender and sexuality – looking at who created them, who has used them, and why.  Continue reading

Workshops on the history of gender and science: Bristol, March 2019

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 a collaboration between Jason Barker, Gendered Intelligence and the University of Exeter. Continue reading