‘We will have this cut out’: The Making and Unmaking of Queer Zoology

Date / time: 5 May, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Recent years have seen a flourishing of scholarly and popular works about intersexualities, transformations of sex, and non-reproductive sexual behaviours in the natural world. News stories, children’s books, and LGBTQ+ initiatives in natural history museums have further amplified knowledge and appreciation of ‘evolution’s rainbow’ as never before. Yet zoological descriptions of queer bodies and behaviours have been made since antiquity.

In this talk, Dr Ross Brooks (he/him) will chart the often surprising, often troubling, ways in which naturalists in the past have treated the variations of sex in oppressive intellectual environments that doggedly condemned such variations as ‘evil’ and ‘unnatural.’

This event will take place in-person at the University of Oxford:

Lecture Theatre, Faculty of History
41-47 George Street

For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.hsmt.ox.ac.uk/event/we-will-have-this-cut-out-the-making-and-unmaking-of-queer-zoology