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Thursday 10 May 2018, 6.00 – 8.00pm

Official launch of the Transitional States video art exhibition at the Peltz Gallery and a private viewing. Invitation only event.


Thursday 17 May 2018, 6.00 – 7.30pm

Public Discussion


Pharmacosexuality: Sex and Hormones


In the 1920s, medical practitioners started using hormones to treat a variety of sexual problems, including impotence and infertility. By the 1940s, synthetic hormones were increasingly available on the pharmaceutical market and hormone treatments expanded in their application. However, as new medical technologies were developed, other treatments became available.


Today, almost everyone will have heard about the range of ways in which drugs – or pharmaceuticals – are and can be used for recreational sexual purposes. Indeed, the media attention Viagra gained when it launched clearly showed that there was a want – and need – for pharmaceutical interventions in sex. Likewise, many people will also be aware that synthetic drugs are often used to enhance sexual experiences.


This discussion will look at the wide range of ways people choose to enhance their sexual lives, sometimes through the use of pharmaceutical interventions. It will also provide insights into the way in which people use drugs and other methods to improve their sexual lives and how different countries promote or inhibit drug use when it comes to sex and sexuality. Speakers include:



This event has been organised in partnership with the Birkbeck Centre for Medical Humanities.


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Tuesday 5 June 2018, 6.00 – 7.30pm

Public lecture by Paul B. Preciado


Testo Junkie: Hormones, Power, and Resistance in the Pharmacopornographic Regime

In this lecture, Preciado will explore the invention and commercialisation of hormones, and the shift from disciplinary modes of production of sexual subjectivity towards a new regime of gender fabrication and re-organisation of the heterosexual norm.


We will be live streaming the lecture on 5 June from 6pm (BST). You can watch the lecture live using the below link:


Paul B. Preciado is a philosopher, curator, and one of the leading thinkers in the study of gender and sexual politics. An honors graduate and Fulbright Fellow, he earned a MA in Philosophy and Gender Theory at the New School for Social Research in New York, where he studied with Agnes Heller and Jacques Derrida. He holds a PhD in Philosophy and Theory of Architecture from Princeton University. Paul’s first book, Contra-Sexual Manifesto (Columbia University Press) was acclaimed by French critics as “the red book of queer theory” and became a key reference for European queer and trans activism. He is the author of Testo Junkie. Sex, Drugs and Biopolitics (The Feminist Press) and Pornotopia (Zone Books), for which he was awarded the Sade Price in France.

Paul has been Head of Research of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (MACBA) and Director of the Independent Studies Program (PEI) from 2011 to 2014. He has taught Philosophy of the Body and Transfeminist Theory at Université Paris VIII-Saint Denis and at New York University. From 2014 to 2017 he was Curator of Public Programs of documenta 14 (Kassel/Athens). He is the author of a bi-weekly chronicle at Libération newspaper. He is a writer in residency at the LUMA Foundation, Arlès, France. He lives between Athens, Paris, and Barcelona.


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Wednesday 6 June 2018, 6.00-7.30pm

Public Discussion


Are Hormones a Question of Choice? Feminist, Transgender and Intersex Perspectives


Feminists and trans people have gained greater representation in the media in recent years not least because of controversies regarding debates about identity. In contrast, people with intersex variations continue to struggle for acknowledgement, visibility, and greater representation. While the coverage has certainly not all been positive, much of it has focused on women’s and trans’ rights, but intersex human rights and the struggle to gain legal protection for bodily integrity remains largely overlooked.


Although society is recognising that gender is not binary and that many people do not conform to expectations and beliefs about gender where do hormones fit in this? How do they shape and reflect our identities? How are they used or abused? What impact do they have? And to what extent have different groups embraced or rejected their use?


This public discussion will feature three leading thinkers in their fields, addressing these questions and many more. Speakers include:


  • Celia Roberts (Lancaster University, UK), sociologist and Professor of Gender and Science Studies.
  • Valentino Vecchietti, intersex human rights campaigner, independent academic and writer.
  • Stephen Whittle (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK), transgender activist and Professor of Equalities Law.


This event has been organised in partnership with the Birkbeck Centre for Medical Humanities.


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