• An Institute at the Leslie Center for the Humanities

    Towards a Global History of Sexual Science, 1880–1950

  • Dartmouth College: July 1–August 17, 2013

    directors: Veronika Fuechtner (German), Douglas Haynes (History)
    Dartmouth Fellows: Aimee Bahng, Michael Dietrich, Susannah Heschel, Elizabeth Pérez, Dennis Washburn

  • Fellows

    Heike Bauer, Jana Funke, Kate Fisher, Pablo Ben, Chiara Beccalossi, Rainer Herrn, Michiko Suzuki, Rachel Hsu, Rebecca Hodes, Mark McLelland, Angie Willey, Ralph Leck, Jill Smith, Ryan Jones, Robert Tobin, Ishita Pande, Shikrant Botre, Kirsten Leng, Sanjam Ahluwalia, Donna Drucker, Kurt MacMillan

The 2013 Institute led by Douglas Haynes (History) and Veronika Fuechtner (German Studies) examined the transnational history of sexological ideas and practices as they circulated between Europe/North America and Asia, Africa and Latin America. The Institute is open to many disciplines, including literature and culture, religion, and other humanities as well as historians, historians of science, and anthropologists. Over the seven weeks of the seminar, participants addressed such issues as the efforts by Western sexologists to disseminate their views in non-European regions; the emergence of local advocacy of sexual science; the role of sexual science in constituting “modern” sexualities; the encounter between indigenous conceptions of sexuality and sexological ideas;

the transformation of sexology in Asian/African/Latin American contexts; the connection between sexology and birth control outside of Europe/North America; Orientalism and sexology; the connection between sexology and eugenics in Asian/African/Latin American contexts; sexology, nationalism and anti-colonialism; Orientalism and sexology; as well as other relevant topics. The majority of participants remained in residence over the summer and participated in a twice-weekly seminar and related events. A smaller set of outside scholars gave papers during individual sessions of the seminar. The goal of the Institute was to promote exchanges between scholars working on different regions of the world and in different disciplines as well as to produce an edited volume.

From ‘Impersonators’ to ‘Queens’: Transgender/Transsexual Self-Representation in the United States to 1980 (Lisa Pérez)

Lisa Perez (Dartmouth College) From ‘Impersonators’ to ‘Queens’: Transgender/Transsexual Self-Representation in the...

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Assessing the Impact of Gregorio Marañón’s Theory of Intersexuality in Chile, 1926–1941 (Kurt MacMillan)

Kurt MacMillan (University of California, Irvine) Assessing the Impact of Gregorio Marañón’s...

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The Machines of Sex Research: Gender and the Politics of Identity, 1945–1985 (Donna Drucker)

Donna Drucker (Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany) The Machines of Sex Research: Gender...

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Global Origins of Sexology: A Perspective from India (Sanjam Ahluwalia)

Sanjam Ahluwalia (Northern Arizona University) Global Origins of Sexology: A Perspective from...

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Negotiating Sexology and Subjectivity in Exile: Max Marcuse in Palestine/Israel, 1933–1963 (Kirsten Leng)

Kirsten Leng (Northwestern University) Negotiating Sexology and Subjectivity in Exile: Max Marcuse...

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Agnes Smedley between Berlin, Bombay and Beijing: Sexology, Communism and National Independence (Veronika Fuechtner)

Veronika Fuechtner (Dartmouth College) Agnes Smedley between Berlin, Bombay and Beijing: Sexology,...

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Explaining R.D. Karve’s Philosophy of Sexual Science: Women’s Reform, Anti-Brahminism and Debates over Male Sexuality in Western India, 1925–1940 (Douglas Haynes and Shikrant Botre)

Douglas Haynes and Shikrant Botre (Dartmouth College/University of Warwick, UK) Explaining R.D....

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Sexology, the Education of Desire and the Conduct of Childhood in Late Colonial India (Ishita Pande)

Ishita Pande (Queen’s University, Canada) Sexology, the Education of Desire and the...

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Sexology in the Southwest: Medical Opinions on a Sodomy Case in the German Colonies (Robert Tobin)

Robert Tobin (Clark University) Sexology in the Southwest: Medical Opinions on a...

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Homosexuality and the Development of Mexican Sexology (Ryan Jones)

Ryan Jones (Colby College) Homosexuality and the Development of Mexican Sexology

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