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Symposium: Sexual Desire



Saturday 18 July 2015


From asexuality to sex addiction, there is huge variety in our experience of sexual desire. Both the temptation and the conflict it can create are enduring themes central to Western literature, yet sexual attraction has been little researched until recent decades. We are still largely in the dark about many facets of attraction, so having little or excessive desire can be difficult experiences. 

This day-long symposium will consider research that draws from history, psychology and neurophysiology. Download the programme below.

PDF iconSexual Desire Symposium Programme.pdf


Katherine Angel, writer and academic, and author of Unmastered: A Book On Desire, Most Difficult To Tell (2012). 
To Utter Truths and Promise Bliss: How We Talk About Sexual Desire in Women

John Bancroft, physiologist and former Director of the Kinsey Institute of Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University. 
What Do We Mean by Sexual Desire and Why Does It Vary?

Kate Fisher, Professor of history, University of Exeter.
What Makes the History of Sex Desirable?

Kate Forde, Senior Curator of Temporary Exhibitions, Wellcome Collection.
The Institute of Sexology

Susie Scott, Reader in Sociology, The University of Sussex.
Liz McDonnell Research Associate and lecturer, Sussex University.
Undesirable Connections: Intimacy and Closeness in Asexual Lives

Frederick Toates, Emeritus Professor of Biological Psychology, Open University.
Sexual Addiction: Real or Myth?


Timandra Harkness, writer and broadcaster.

£18, concessions £15. Tickets are available below. 

Ticket price includes tea, coffee, lunch and an alcoholic drink.