Engraving 'A sculpture of Hermaphroditus' from Wellcome Images.

Wellcome Images

'A sculpture of Hermaphroditus'. Steel engraving by Jean-Baptiste Bourgois, 1808, after 'The Hermaphrodite' in the Louvre.

Desiring Statues: Statuary, Sexuality, History

26–27 April 2012

Supported by the Wellcome Trust, at the Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to investigate how statuary intersects with questions of sexuality, and temporality, specifically history. It explores the numerous different ways in which statues – as historical and/or imagined artefacts – allow us to think about the past and its relation to sex, gender and sexuality.

The conference brings together contributors from a variety of disciplines, including history, gender and sexuality studies, literary and cultural studies, art history, classics, archaeology and philosophy.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Stefano-Maria Evangelista (University of Oxford)
Dr Ian Jenkins (British Museum)

Conference materials

Conference poster

Conference programme

Conference registration form