Papers Given

Work-in-progress presentation: Rethinking the Human: Sexology, Zoology, Literature and Visual Art After Darwin (c.1890-1930)

In July 2018 Dr Ina Linge presented a work-in-progress paper at the Animal and Society Summer Institute at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, titled ‘Rethinking the Human: Sexology, Zoology, Literature and Visual Art After Darwin (c.1890-1930)’.

The purpose of the Summer Institute was to bring together Early Careers Scholars working in the area of animal studies. More information about the Summer Institute can be found here: https://www.animalsandsociety.org/tag/summer-institute/

Image: Ina holding one of the non-human animal participants of the Summer Institute.

Queering Butterflies: On the relationship between sexology and animal genetics, ca. 1920

In April 2018 Dr Ina Linge presented a paper at the British Animal Studies Network conference at Strathclyde (Glasgow), titled ‘Queering Butterflies: On the relationship between sexology and animal genetics, ca. 1920’

The paper discussed the reception of Richard Goldschmidt’s experiments with intersex butterflies by German sexologists in the 1920s to show the significance of animal experiments for (human) sexual politics.

The Potency of the Butterfly: Gender, Sexuality and Non-human Animals in German Sexology and the Arts after 1900

In November 2018 Dr Ina Linge gave a paper at the University of Warwick German Studies seminar, titled ‘The Potency of the Butterfly: Gender, Sexuality and Non-human Animals in German Sexology and the Arts after 1900’.

The talk discussed the Butterfly Dance, pioneered by the American dancer Loïe Fuller (1862 –1928), pictured below, and how it was received in the work of sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld to make claims about the nature and naturalness of sexual desire.