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Dr Jana Funke

Public engagement

I have extensive experiences engaging different publics with my research and have been actively involved in developing and running public engagement, engaged research and impact activities.

I have been a key academic collaborator on innovative public engagement and impact projects, including Orlando: The Queer Element (Clay & Diamonds) and Transvengers (Gendered Intelligence). I also worked with Dreadnought South West to develop a new performance, Dangerous Influences, based on my research on Radclyffe Hall and was interviewed by Mariella Frostrup on BBC Radio 4 Open Book (interview starts at 11:30). I have also run and contributed to several events as part of the Wellcome Trust's major Institute of Sexology Exhibition and the accompanying Sexology Season, including Sex in the Afternoon and Sexological Photographs as Evidence. I have delivered public lectures on my research at the V&A in London, M-Shed in Bristol, the People Museum in Manchester, the Exeter Phoenix and Picturehouse and many other locations.

Contribution to discipline

I regularly review articles, chapters and book manuscripts, e.g. for Palgrave, Broadview Press, Manchester University Press, Ashgate, modernism/modernity, Literature Compass, Journal of Lesbian Studies, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, Women: A Cultural Review, Women's History Review, Pilgrimages: The Journal of Dorothy Richardson Studies, and Porn Studies. 

I am a member of the consultative group for Women: A Cultural Review and an honorary board member on the editorial team for Impact: The Journal of the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning at the University of Boston.

I am also a co-organiser of the Institute for Historical Research (IHR) History of Sexuality Seminar Series.

In addition, I have organised the following events:

  • Sexualities In and Out of Time Conference, University of Edinburgh (AHRC-funded; co-organised with Dr Ben Davies), November 2008
  • Desiring Statues: Statuary, Sexuality, and History, University of Exeter (Wellcome Trust-funded; co-organised with Jen Grove), April 2012
  • Havelock Ellis Colloquium, London (British Academy-funded), August 2012
  • Centre for Medical History Seminar Series, University of Exeter, 2012-2013
  • Sexual Futures Colloquium, University of Exeter (Wellcome Trust-funded; co-organised with Professor Kate Fisher and Dr Rebecca Langlands), forthcoming April 2014