Olivia Weisser Furtive trysts. Regretful dalliances. Fleeting affairs. Sexual secrets were nothing new in the 1700s, but confessing them to a doctor became surprisingly common in published medical cases of venereal disease. In one instance, a woman consulted a surgeon for a common reproductive ailment known as “the whites.” She […]
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Boyd Brogan If you’re looking for evidence about bodies in history, it doesn’t get harder than skeletons. Opening this three-day conference at the University of Cambridge on the historical relationship between sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) and fertility, bioarchaeologist Charlotte Roberts argued that it is human remains, not documents, that constitute the primary record […]
The 130th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association (AHA) takes place January 7-10, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme for this year’s conference, “Global Migrations: Empires, Nations, and Neighbors,” opens the meeting to a number of exciting panels and events devoted to exploring the history of sexuality across time […]
What role have venereal diseases played in the history of sexuality?
Expressing interest in both the history of food and the history of sexuality still has the power to raise eyebrows.
Kit Heyam There are over 70 plaques in York, marking historically significant places from a Roman fortress (Bootham) to a minuscule street (Whip-ma-whop-ma-gate). While the original “blue plaque” scheme was started by English Heritage, any group may erect a plaque, marking spaces linked to people or events they consider worthy […]
Notches is seeking 2-3 graduate student assistant editors. We especially welcome candidates with strengths in Medieval / Early Modern Europe to apply for one of these positions. The area of specialty is open for the other two positions. Notches provides a critical space for those within and outside the academy […]