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Zoe Strimpel

The Pre-Tinder Dating Era

If online dating was not already the way to go, the pandemic has definitely ensured its monopolistic position in the world of love and match making. The ubiquity of dating apps makes it very hard to imagine what being single and finding a partner were like before the reign of these apps. In this talk, Zoe Strimpel explores dating, gender, and singles culture in the pre-Tinder era.

At the entrance you are requested to show your coronavirus pass.

This event can also be attended online.

Through three snapshots of the pre-Tinder dating landscape – computer dating, bulletin board messaging, and introduction agencies – Zoe Strimpel will chart how dating, gender, technology, and lifestyle came to be intertwined in ways that shape the intimate landscape today. Far from having invented a radically new paradigm of intimacy, online matchmaking evolved within a longer history not only of mediated dating but of ideas, sensibilities, and impulses surrounding gender and romance in the late twentieth century.

About the speaker

Zoe Strimpel is a historian, author, newspaper columnist, and broadcaster. Her area of expertise is dating, gender, intimacy, and feminism in 20th century Britain. Strimpel also writes columns for the Sunday Telegraph.

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