Facilitators & Team

Predictor test prototype

Facilitators

Professor Lucy Bland teaches History at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. She has written widely on the history of gender, feminism and sexuality. Her books include “Banishing the Beast: Feminism, Sex and Morality” and “Modern Women on Trial: Sexual Transgression in the Age of the Flapper“. She is currently researching the mixed-race offspring of African-American servicemen and British women born in the Second World War.

Dr Sarah Bull is a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on sexual culture in nineteenth-century Britain, and has included investigations of the Victorian pornography trade and early sexological writing. Her current research project, “Medical Publishers, Obscenity Law, and the Business of Sexual Knowledge in Victorian Britain,” looks at how medical books about sex were published and advertised in the period, and how those practices were shaped by anxieties about the sometimes blurry lines between science and pornography.

Hannah Elizabeth is a cultural historian of sexuality, gender and childhood. They are in the final months of completing their PhD at the University of Manchester on the representation of HIV-positive identities to children and young adults in Britain.

Dr Jana Funke is an Advanced Research Fellow in Medical Humanities, based in the English Department at the University of Exeter. Her research focuses on the history of sexuality, modernist literature and sexual science. Key publications include “Sex, Gender and Time in Fiction and Culture” (Palgrave, 2011, co-edited with Ben Davies) and “The World and Other Unpublished Works by Radclyffe Hall” (Manchester University Press, 2016). In 2014/2015, she was a member of the New Generations in Medical Humanities cohort, funded by the AHRC and Wellcome Trust. In 2015, she was awarded a Wellcome Trust Joint Investigator Award to direct, with Kate Fisher, a five-year project entitled “Rethinking Sexology“.

Dr Jen Grove is an Engaged Research Fellow in the Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter on a Wellcome Trust-funded project “Rethinking Sexology: The Cross-Disciplinary Invention of Sexuality: Sexual Science Beyond the Medical, 1890-1940“. Jen’s research interests are in Classical Reception; the history of sexuality; and the modern collection and reception of sexually-related artefacts, especially from the ancient world, and their role in the modern understanding of sexuality. She is a co-director of the Sexual Knowledge unit at Exeter, and since 2009 has worked as a researcher on the award-winning Sex and History project, which collaborates with museums, schools, charities and young people throughout the UK, using artefacts from the past to get people talking about sex and sexuality today.

Dr Ina Linge is the AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellow at the Department of German and Dutch at the University of Cambridge. She recently completed her PhD, which looked at early twentieth-century autobiographical explorations of sexual sciences, such as sexology and psychoanalysis. She has been co-curator and specialist advisor for the art exhibition ‘Naomi Wilzig and Magnus Hirschfeld: Two Collections from the History of Sexuality’, which put into dialogue artworks from the World Erotic Art Museum in Miami and the former Institute of Sexology in Berlin. You can watch Ina talk about her research and her work for the art exhibition here and you can listen to a podcast of a talk she gave at the Medical History seminar at the University of Exeter here.

Dr Jesse Olszynko-Gryn is a historian of science, technology and medicine. Supported by the Wellcome Trust, he is currently writing a book on the history of pregnancy testing in twentieth-century Britain. Though seldom questioned, the availability of cheap, reliable pregnancy tests has quietly transformed the experience of pregnancy by collapsing months of uncertainty into a moment of realisation. But where did today’s ubiquitous plastic sticks come from? When did they first become widely available? And what, if anything, did people do before? Through film clips and an original ‘Predictor’ home pregnancy test kit from 1971, this workshop will explore the surprising history of pregnancy testing, from the 1920s, when scientists first injected living animals with women’s urine, to the present day, when home tests can be easily purchased from Boots or even online, and are frequently seen on television and in movies.

Sir David Spiegelhalter has been Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk in the Statistical Laboratory (Centre for Mathematical Sciences) at the University of Cambridge since October 2007. In his recent book Sex By Numbers he explores what statistics can (and can’t) tell us about sexual behaviour. Drawing on sources from the Natsal survey, the widest survey of sexual behaviour since the Kinsey Report, to the sales of online sex toys, he uses statistics to answer crucial questions such as what are we all doing? How often? And how has it changed? The book accompanied the major Wellcome exhibition The Institute of Sexology. There is also a rather neat animation that features some of the stats from his book.

Team

Dr Ina Linge is the AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellow at the Department of German and Dutch at the University of Cambridge. She curates the project programme and is responsible for advertising and recruiting workshop participants. If you have questions about the programme, would like to participate in one of the workshops – alone or as a group – or if you have any other query about this project, you can get in touch with Ina through the contact form.

Professor Andrew Webber is PI for the project, supporting Ina Linge’s work. He teaches and researches in Modern German and Comparative Culture and has strong interests in questions of gender and sexuality.

Katrina Zaat maintains the project website and assists with promotion. She is a writer and researcher based in London. She can be found on academia.edu and blogs at http://www.katrinazaat.com.

 

Image: A prototype of the Predictor pregnancy test (left) and the test as it went to market in the late 1970s (right). (Bonhams)