Thu, 5 August 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

Sex: Lessons from History

Dr Fern Riddell In Conversation with Hannah MacInnes

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Join one of the UK’s most prominent historians for an illuminating journey uncovering the sexual lives of our ancestors.

For the entirety of human history, sex has never just been about reproduction. Statistically speaking, only one out of every one thousand sexual acts between a man and a woman will result in pregnancy. And as we know, sex does not solely take place between just men and women.

So: what is sex for?

From flirtation to orgasm and everything in between, Dr Riddell will show us that they were just as preoccupied as we are with sexual identity, masturbation, foreplay, sex and deviance – facing it with the same confusion, joy, and accidental hilarity that we do today.

Praise for Fern Riddell’s Sex: Lessons from History:

Sex: Lessons from History will challenge and enrich your sense of erotic history. Fern Riddell is the perfect guide – informed, rigorous, radical, passionate – using the sexual past to map the way to the future.’ – Matthew Sweet

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Dr Fern Riddell

Cultural Historian and Broadcaster

Dr Fern Riddell is a cultural historian specialising ins ex, suffrage and culture in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Fern was the Historical Consultant for the BAFTA award-winning BBC drama Ripper Street and has advised on dramas for both the BBC and ITV. As an on-screen expert, she has also appeared in documentaries for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel5 and Sky Arts. Fern has appeared as an expert historian on Audible, Spotify, BBC Radio 3 and 4programmes, and has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post, Times Higher Education, Telegraph, New Statesman and BBC History Magazine.

Hannah MacInnes

Presenter, Podcaster and Host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.