Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

The power of love: a Valentine's Day celebration

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Think Human

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Headington Campus


It’s Valentine’s Day and we’re thinking about love... and sexuality, power, loss, and everything connected to the history of emotion.

Come and uncover the early history of Valentine’s cards - loving, comic and sinister. See, smell and taste foods associated with love and sexuality. And learn how love in the LGBTQ+ community is shaped by the society we live in.

Talks & timings

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

Gaslighting and the sinister side of 'love' - 10:00 - 11:00, John Henry Brookes Building, 128.
Cards against humanity? Cruel Victorian Valentines - 12:00 - 13:00, John Henry Brookes Building, 128.
Aphrodisiacs and love potions - 13:00 - 14:00, John Henry Brookes Building, 128.
Exhibition: 10:00 - 15:00, The Forum.

Enjoy live performances of love songs by The Wedding Present and Oxford band Candy Says. Join top panelists, including Grammy-award winning producer Andrew Scheps, to discuss how we express love in music today.

Live music: 17.00, The Forum, John Henry Brookes Building
Panel discussion: 18.00, Main Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building
Part of Think Human Festival