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Dear colleagues,

It’s my pleasure to advertise the afternoon symposium ‘Medical Approaches
to Sexual Problems, 1550–1850’, the description and programme of which can
be found below. The proceedings will take place on Monday the 18th of
February at the Institut für Geschichte der Medizin und Ethik in der
Medizin <https://medizingeschichte.charite.de/>(Thielallee 71, 14195
Berlin-Dahlem).



Attending is free, but please send me ([log in to unmask]) an RSVP in
advance so we can ensure enough coffee, biscuits, and seats.



With apologies for cross-posting and kind regards,

Darren Wagner



*Description*

Medical explanations and treatments of issues related to sex and sexuality
are socially grounded and ethically fraught. Today, debate surrounds such
topics as infant sex assignment, sex reassignment surgery, public health
approaches to sexually transmitted infections, pathological categories of
sexual behaviors, and drug-based therapies for sexual desire and
excitement, just to name a few. These issues have a long and rich history,
which the colloquium will explore in different European contexts spanning
from the mid-sixteenth century through to the mid-nineteenth century. This
specific chronology encompasses a crucial period in the medicalization of
sex, and its relationship to developments in pathology, specialization, and
professionalization. Drawing upon a wide range of historical topics and
critical perspectives, the speakers will examine this inherently diverse
and complicated theme.



*Programme*

13.30 – 13.40   Welcome | *Begrüßung*



13.40 – 14.25   Palmira Fontes da Costa, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

‘Sex, Monsters and Hermaphrodites in Early Modern Europe’



14.25 – 15.10   Sebastian Pranghofer, Helmut-Schmidt-Universität, Hamburg

‘Ideas about Sexuality and Reproduction: Popular Medical Literature and its
Reception in Late Enlightenment Germany’



15.10 – 15.30   *Kaffeepause*



15.30 – 16.15   James Kennaway, University of Roehampton, London

‘Musical Sensuality as a Moral and Medical Problem, 1750–1850’



16.15 – 17.00   Darren N. Wagner, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

‘How Electricity Became a Panacea for Sexual Problems in Britain and Beyond’



The presentations for this symposium will be delivered in English, but we
are also pleased to field questions in German.


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*Dr. Darren N. Wagner <http://darrennwagner.wixsite.com/hist>*
*Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow*
*Institut für Geschichte der Medizin und Ethik in der Medizin
<https://medizingeschichte.charite.de/>*
*Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin*

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