Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Beyond Desire: Gender and Power in Love

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Think Human

Who this event is for

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Headington Campus


Let your students learn all about the history of love, as we uncover sinister Valentine cards, taste the foods associated with love and sex, and explore gender imbalances in relationships.

The Power of Love

It’s Valentine’s Day, and we’re thinking about love, sexuality and the whole history of emotion.

Uncover the early history of Valentine cards - loving, comic and sinister. Taste and smell the food associated with love and sexuality. And learn how LGBTQ+ people’s expressions of love and loss are shaped by culture.

Join three talks on the themes of love, sex, power and more.

Talks & timings:

  • Gaslighting and the sinister side of ‘love’: 10:00 – 11:00
  • Cards against humanity? Cruel Victorian Valentines: 12:00 – 13:00
  • Aphrodisiacs and love potions: 13:00 – 14:00