Hirschfeld’s Archives: Photographs as Evidence of Gender Identity and Sexuality

Intriguing photographs from sexologists’ archives suggest they could have helped people explore their gender identity and sexuality. Dr Jana Funkereflects on her experiences of discussing sexology and photography with visitors at Wellcome’s Institute of Sexology exhibition. By Dr. Jana Funke / 03.12.2015 Senior Lecturer in Medical Humanities University of Exeter n 1919, German-Jewish sexologist Magnus[…]

An Overview of the Study of Transgender History

From activist and academic roots, a field takes shape. By Dr. Kritika AgarwalManaging EditorPerspectives On HistoryAmerican Historical Association While in graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, history department in the 1980s, Susan Stryker wrote a dissertation on the development of Mormon identity and community. Just as she was finishing up her PhD, she[…]

Emigration: Colonial Circuits between Europe and Asia in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Examining comparisons and connections between British and Dutch migration circuits with Asia. Introduction The emergence of colonial migration circuits between Europe and Asia followed the ascendency of European mercantile and military power. In the early 19th century, the European presence in Asia was still extremely modest and very much involved in intra-Asian migration and trading circuits.[…]

Migration from the Colonies to Western Europe since 1800

   By Dr. Pieter C. Emmer (left) and Dr. Leo Lucassen (right)Emmer: Professor Emeritus of HistoryLucassen: Professor of Global Labour and Migration HistoryLeiden University Abstract Colonialism not only stimulated more than 60 million Europeans to migrate overseas, it also brought millions of Asians, Africans and Amerindians to Europe. In the beginning, many of these immigrants[…]

The Spice Islands and the Age of Exploration

It can easilybe argued that the United States exists today becausemedieval Europeans liked spicy food. Introduction The Spice of Life History can be changed by many things. A battle,an election, an earthquake, or even a rainstorm can alter the course of events. But would you ever have thought that peppercorns and cinnamon sticks could lead[…]