University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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The Origins of Sex

23 March 2015 (19:30-20:30)

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Faramerz Dabhoiwala has been described as the Stephen Hawking of sex, and his book, The Origins of Sex: A History of the First Sexual Revolution, has been acclaimed around the world as one of the best non-fiction debuts of recent years. In this witty, richly illustrated talk, he explains the origins of modern sexual culture in the west – the growth of sexual freedom; how the first sexual revolution affected men and women, homosexuals and heterosexuals; the birth of sexual celebrity; and how we came to live in a world where sex is supposedly private, yet ever more publicised.

Faramarz writes about the social, cultural, and intellectual history of the English-speaking world since 1500. His fascination in the political and social history of medieval peasantry lead him to his current specialisation in writing, The Origins of Sex: A History of the First Sexual Revolution. He was educated at York and University of Oxford. He is currently the Senior History Fellow of Exeter College at Oxford.

Bookworm International Literary Festival 2015

The Bookworm International Literary Festival at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China, coordinated by the School of English, promises to be a celebration of the power of literature and ideas.

This year Bookworm 2015 will see a number of internationally-renowned and award-winning novelists from a variety of backgrounds deliver talks, seminars and workshops on a wide range of interesting subjects, from gender and sexuality in China to the political relationship between Russia and the UK. The events will also allow the audience to engage and share ideas with the speakers, and there will be opportunities for those interested to receive professional advice on how to develop as a writer or pursue a career in the literary world.