Here we list events organised by our project as well as other events we hope will interest you. If you would like to advertise your event relating to the history of sexual science here please contact us.

Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Guest Speaker: Chiara Beccalossi (University of Lincoln)

8th October 2015 @ 13:00 - 15:00

Free

Sexology, Hormones and Medical Experiments in the ‘Latin Atlantic World’: Local Power and International Networks, c. 1926-1950, Dr Chiara Beccalossi.

Part of the Centre for Medical History seminar series at University of Exeter

All welcome.

Abstract:

In 1926, Nicola Pende, one of the most important Italian fascist scientists, founded the Institute of Biotypology, a eugenics organisation. This Institute originally aimed to screen the entire Italian population and to study its ethnic composition and state of health. However, it soon came to serve other purposes, including a modern management of sexuality. It promoted sex education and offered advice relating to marriage. It also evaluated the racial unions that would produce ‘fit’ offspring in the long term and treated infertility and impotence with hormone therapies. It attempted to cure ‘sexual deviancies’ such as homosexuality through opotherapy (the treatment of disease with extracts made from animal endocrine organs), phototherapy (the stimulation and inhibition of internal gland secretions through x-rays), treatments requiring climate and dietary changes, and psychotherapy. In the ‘Latin world’, similar institutes were founded in the interwar period, such as the Argentinian Institute of Biotypology, the National Institute for Identification in Brazil, and the Institute of Experimental Endocrinology in Spain. This paper explores the practices of medical doctors from southern Europe and Latin America who employed hormone treatments to normalise ‘sexual deviants’ such as homosexuals in the interwar period. It shows how, in the ‘Latin Atlantic world’, hormones became central to understanding and modifying sexual behaviour and how sexology, eugenics and endocrinology were intertwined.

 

Details

Date:
8th October 2015
Time:
13:00 - 15:00
Cost:
Free
Event Categories:
, , ,
Website:
https://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/history/research/centres/medicalhistory/newsandevents/seminars/

Organiser

Centre for Medical History
Email:
c.e.keyte@exeter.ac.uk
View Organiser Website

Venue

Northcote House Council Chamber
University of Exeter
Exeter, United Kingdom
+ Google Map

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.