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Dr Jana Funke

Public engagement

I welcome opportunities to share my research with the general public and am actively involved in developing and running public engagement and engaged research activities.

I have participated in Screen Talks and Exeter Café Scientifique and have engaged in discussions with psychotherapists as part of the clinical psychology doctoral programme at the Department of Psychology in Exeter. I have also participated in the Wellcome Trust/Gendered Intelligence Transvengers Project. You can find out more about the project here and also read the cartoon. In November 2014, I will run a public event on the topic of ‘Making the Sexual Self’ with a group of psychologists as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. In 2015, I am involved in a wide range of public engagement activities as part of the Wellcome Trust’s Sexology exhibition at the Wellcome Institute in London:

· Wellcome Sexology Season (September 2015): “Sex in the Afternoon” – Discussion with poets and public in Manchester.

· Wellcome Sexology Season (July 2015): “Sex in the Afternoon” – Discussion with poets and public as part of London Southbank Literary Festival.

· Wellcome Sexology Season (March 2015): Afternoon Salon on feminism, prostitution and sexology at the People’s History Museum in Manchester.

· Wellcome Collection Sexology Exhibition (January 2015): 3-day creative event on photography as evidence in sexological writings as part of the Wellcome Trust’s Institute of Sexology Exhibition. Read my blog on the event here.

· Wellcome Collection Sexology Exhibition (November 2014): Discussion of sexual science with teachers and social workers.

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