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Harry Cocks

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts

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Teaching Summary

Britain on Film (Year 3 option), The Victorians: Life, Thought and Culture (Year 2 option), Sexuality and Society in Britain Since 1900 (Year 3 special subject, Research Skills for Historians (MA)

Research Summary

My main interest is in the social and cultural history of Britain since the eighteenth century, especially the history of sexuality, gender and the body. Broadly, my interest is in the rise of… read more

Recent Publications

Current Research

My main interest is in the social and cultural history of Britain since the eighteenth century, especially the history of sexuality, gender and the body. Broadly, my interest is in the rise of "bio-power," that is, the attempt on the part of states and their agencies to govern the range of bodily processes associated with life, death, reproduction and sexuality. Also, I explore the ways in which sexuality emerged as a distinct domain of knowledge and experience in the modern period. My first book, Nameless Offences (2003) studied the cultural politics of male homosexuality in nineteenth century Britain, examining the paradoxical association of homosexuality and secrecy. I have also written on the relationship of sexuality and bio-power with the criminal law, aristocratic politics, romantic friendship, spirituality, advertising and the press, the history of reading, and on pornography and obscenity laws.

Conferences

"Reading Obscene Texts and their Histories", Historiography of the UK Media, King's College London, 13 July 2010

"Sodom and Gomorrah in the 19th Century," University of Cambridge Cultural History Seminar, Gonville and Cauis College, Jan 2011

"Walt Whitman in Bolton," Working Class Movement library, Salford, 6 Feb 2010

Reading at Gay's the Word bookshop, 30 Nov 2009

"Homosexuality/Modernity" 11th Annual Cambridge Gender Symposium, Robinson College Cambridge, March 2007

"The Discovery of Sodom, 1851" British Association of Victorian Studies Conference Leicester University, September 2007

"Pornography and its Readers in Britain, c.1918-1960", European Social Science History Conference, Amsterdam, 23 March 2006

"Sodomy and Politics in 19th Century England", University of Sussex, 2 February 2005

"The Prehistory of Gay Personals", Out of the Past, The National Archives, 30 June 2004

"Reward From a Liberal Government": Radicalism and Sodomy in 19th Century Britain", Queer Matters, King's College London, 28 May 2004

"The Sodomite as Impersonator in the 19th Century City", Urban Bodies; City and Literature Workshop, SOAS, 10-12 May 2004

"Contesting Expertise: Governmentality, Sexuality and Expertise in 20th Century Britain", Sexuality After Foucault, University of Manchester, November 2003

"Reforming the Social Body: Pornography, Sexology and the Citizen in 20th Century Britain", Anglo American Conference of Historians, University of London, July 2003

"'Hollywood Nights' and 'Secret Confessions': Pornography, Obscenity and Mass Culture in Interwar Britain," Institute of Historical Research, January 2002.

Department of History

University of Nottingham
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