“From Bordellos to Cybersex”: The History of Sexuality in Modern Europe

Posted January 22nd, 2015 at 10:30 am.

Project Team

Anita Kurimay, Assistant Professor of History and Elizabeth Reilly, Post-Bac Educational Technologist

Course Involved

HIST 238, “From Bordellos to Cybersex”: The History of Sexuality in Modern Europe


Platform development: Winter 2014 and Spring 2015
Piloted in course: Spring 2015

Project Link

“History of Modern Sexuality in Modern Europe” Omeka website

Goals and Description

In place of a final exam, Professor Anita Kurimay assigned a multimedia digital project that students will complete in groups of 4 or 5. Each student will make a selection from a wide array of historical or contemporary primary sources and conduct their own research on one of the themes of the class. After consulting with Professor Kurimay and Elizabeth Reilly, students will be grouped together by common interest. Using a platform of their choice, the group will then create a digital presentation that synthesizes and brings the individual students’ contributions together to form an overall narrative.

The project provides an opportunity for students to hone their analytical skills, gain historical insights to contemporary debates surrounding sexuality and foster insightful class discussions. Additionally, the experience of group collaboration and working within digital mediums will be invaluable to students’ future careers.

Apart from the final project, students will be responsible for 8 reading responses over the semester, posted to the class WordPress site (only available to class participants). They will also comment on their peers’ posts. The WordPress site serves to ease students into working with an online blogging platform as well as encourage them to think critically about their own and others’ engagement with the readings.

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