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Professor Heike Bauer

MA (Wales), PhD (London)
Head of the Department of English and Humanities, and Professor of Modern Literature and Cultural History

Heike Bauer is founding director of Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Gender and Sexuality Studies (BiGS), co-convenor of the History of Sexuality Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research and member of the Rethinking Sexology and European Sexologies networks.

Her main teaching is on the BA Arts and Humanities and the MA Modern and Contemporary Literature. She supervises doctoral students on gender and sexuality in fiction, history, culture and criticism since the nineteenth-century including projects that cut across conventional period and disciplinary boundaries.

Professor Bauer has published widely on literature, translation and the modern history of sexuality, and on the rise of queer and feminist graphic novels. She is on the editorial boards of History of the Human Sciences and Australian Feminist Studies.

Her research has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, the Wellcome Trust, the Leslie Centre for the Humanities at Dartmouth, the Cornelia Goethe Centrum at Frankfurt University, the Christina Institute at Helsinki University and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture at Duke University.

Research Update

  • In June 2019, Heike Bauer will present a keynote at 'A Queer Century, 1869-1969' at The University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
  • Professor Bauer was keynote speaker at 'Thinking Sex After the Great War', Royal Library, Brussels, 17-19 October 2018.
  • During LGBT History Month 2018 Heike Bauer gave public talks on The Hirschfeld Archives at Oxford University and York St John University.
  • Professor Bauer received funding from the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University for new research on violence in women's graphic narratives (2017-18).
  • In December 2017 Heike Bauer and Katie Sutton hosted a Wellcome ISSF-funded symposium on The Visual Archives of Sexology at Birkbeck on 2 December 2017. Read an account of the symposium here. It was followed by a public talk by curator Ashkan Sepahvand (Berlin) and the launch of her book, The Hirschfeld Archives: Violence, Death, and Modern Queer Culture. Full details here.

Contact details

Tel: 020 3073 8386
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Blog: A Violent World of Difference