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Dr Heike Bauer

MA (Wales), PhD (London)
Head of the Department of English and Humanities, and Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Gender Studies

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.

Dr 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 Journal of Lesbian Studies and History of the Human Sciences.

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

  • Heike Bauer will be 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.
  • Dr Bauer received funding from the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University for her new research on violence in women's graphic narratives (2017-18).
  • Dr Bauer was awarded Wellcome ISSF funding to organise with Katie Sutton (Australian National University) a symposium on The Visual Archives of Sexology at Birkbeck on 2 December 2017. Read an account of the symposium here.

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