Lecture on The Origins of Sex

At the Institute of History of Leiden University

Faramerz Dabhoiwala will give a lecture on

The Origins of Sex: The First Sexual Revolution

on Friday 20 April  at 3.30 p.m.

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 The lecture will take place in room 028 of the Lipsiusbuilding, Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden, and will be followed by drinks. Entry is free of charge, but we ask those planning to attend to inform Alec Ewing (a.ewing@hum.leidenuniv.nl) before 16 April.

For most of western history, all sex outside marriage was illegal, and the church, the state, and ordinary people all devoted huge efforts to suppressing and punishing it. In the eighteenth century, that world view was shattered by revolutionary new ideas – that sex is a private matter; that morality cannot be imposed by force; that men are more lustful than women. This lecture will explore how and why that happened, and with what momentous consequences.

Faramerz Dabhoiwala (1969) is University Lecturer in Modern History at Exeter College, Oxford. He previously taught at the University of Sheffield and All Souls College, Oxford, being mostly concerned with the social and intellectual history of the English-speaking world, c. 1500–1800. In 2012, he published the critically acclaimed debut, The Origins of Sex: A History of the First Sexual Revolution. For more information, see his website: http://www.dabhoiwala.com/Home.html.