Ben Mechen Reading Lynne Segal’s recent book on growing old, Out of time: the pleasures and the perils of ageing (2013), has got me thinking about the place (or possibly absence) of old age, as an analytic category, in both my own research and the history of sexuality more generally. […]
Elisabeth Brander While the quintessential nineteenth-century marriage was monogamous, the 1800s witnessed challenges to the idea that one man and one woman was the ideal marital configuration. One critic of monogamous marriage was Edward Bliss Foote, a nineteenth-century physician known today for his efforts to promote contraception.
Jen Baker Records from the Old Bailey proceedings (the Central Criminal Court for England and Wales) indicate that the acknowledgement and subsequent punishment of sexual offences against children are not modern phenomena. Between 1674 and 1913 – when online public records cease – there are at least 570 documented cases, predominantly from the City […]
Julia Laite Ok, so I know that the Sinead/Miley thing is old news, lying (by internet standards) in the distant past of November, 2013. You can feel free to remind yourself of it here. But seeing as one of my major points is about the repetitive nature of debates over […]
Simon Jenkins As Britain approaches the 2015 general election, debates over immigration are taking shape to play a decisive role. The lifting of migration controls on Bulgaria and Romania has been met by anxieties over large numbers of migrants entering Britain’s shores, echoing responses to eastern European migrants a decade […]
Julia Laite It’s a familiar feeling. I stare at the email or online form that requests my biographical information for the university website/conference booklet/journal publication. This is the place where I am meant to ‘tag’ myself, to tell people what I work on. It should be simple enough. But […]
Justin Bengry By what metric do we measure the vitality of the History of Sexuality? If the overwhelming attendance at the launch of the new IHR seminar asking ‘What is the History of Sexuality?’ is anything to go by, it is far from dead, and scholars remain eager to further […]