Sex and Sexuality

This theme - previously focused on histories of sex and sexuality in nineteenth- and twentieth-century South Africa and led by Sarah Emily Duff and Catherine Burns - has now been taken up by Nolwazi Mkhwanazi, recently a recipient of a Wellcome Seed Award for a new partnership with Eh!Woza to explore young people's perceptions of sex and sexuality in Johannesburg.

For some of our previous work in this area, please see below:

  • podcast of two papers presented by Sarah Emily Duff and Catherine Burns at the Institute of Historical Research's History of Sexuality Seminar in May 2014.
  • A seminar paper on Sarah Emily Duff's work on sex education in South Africa during the early twentieth century.
  • Sarah Emily Duff writes about sex education in South Africa in the 1920s and 1930s for The Conversation.
  • Catherine Burns on recent efforts to compel female medical students to use contraceptive implants.
(A histories of sexuality reading group met monthly in 2014/15.)