Posted by: Alice Nelson | 11/01/2013

Wellcome Unit Seminar Monday 14 January

Hilary Term 2013 History of Medicine Seminar Series
Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine,
Seminar Room, 47 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PE

This term’s seminars have been convened by Dr Sloan Mahone on the theme of ‘‘Local and Global Perspectives in the History of Medicine’.  Each week we will post a blog on the upcoming seminar with detail of the topic and speaker.

The seminars will be held at on Mondays at 2.15pm
Coffee will be available from 2.00pm

Week 1 – 14 January 2013
Chiara Beccalossi, Oxford Brookes University
Madness as a Magnifying Glass of the Normal: Italian Psychiatry and Sexuality, c. 1880-1910

About the Speaker
Dr Chiara Beccalossi was educated at the University of Bologna. She then did her MSc at Imperial College London and UCL, before obtaining her PhD at Queen Mary University of London. She held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Queensland and a lectureship in Gender History at Birkbeck University of London. She joined Oxford Brookes University in 2012. Her research interests lie in the fields of history of sexuality, gender, crime, medicine and human sciences in Modern Britain and Europe, and she is particularly interested in comparative and transnational history.

Selected Publications
Female Sexual Inversion: Same-Sex Desires in Italian and British Sexology, ca. 1870-1920 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). Available in Bodleian Library

‘The Origin of Italian Sexological Studies: Female Sexual Inversion ca. 1870-1900’, Journal of the History of Sexuality, 2009, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 103 – 120.  Available via JSTOR to Oxford University members

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  1. […] Chiara Beccalossi was a speaker at last term’s Wellcome Unit Seminars on the History of Medicine.  Divided into three parts, the book first introduces the historical context of sexuality in turn […]

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