Ina Linge (University of Cambridge) discusses her research on the performance of queer identities in German sexological and psychoanalytic life writings.
Dori and Nora, the protagonists of The Diary of a Male Bride (1907) and A Man’s Maiden Years (1907), respectively, leave their small-town relatives behind to become shop girls in the German metropolis. They appear to be members of a generation of ordinary working class girls populating the department store – except that, in the eyes of their contemporaries, they are not ordinary, because they are not girls. This talk traces the textual representation of the queer body in early twentieth-century sexological life writings as it becomes an object of display, both during sexological examination and as queer commodity on the shop floor.
Ina Linge, PhD candidate at University of Cambridge visited us in November 2015. Here she talks to Dr Jen Grove about her research including the performance of queer identities in German sexological and psychoanalytic life writings; the links between the classification of animals in zoology and human sexual behaviour in German psychoanalysis and sexual science; and the plans for the Museum of Passion project in Berlin.
Dr ChiaraBeccalossi, senior lecturer at University of Lincoln visited us in October 2015 to talk about her research. Here she talks to Dr Jana Funke about her new project Sexology, Hormones and Medical Experiments in the ‘Latin Atlantic World’: Local Power and International Networks, 1918-1985.