Perversion und Liebe in der Nachkriegs-Pschoanalyse, oder:
Warum wir Robert Stoller neu lesen sollten

Dagmar Herzog

Vortrag Mittwoch 11. März 2015, 19.30 ICI Berlin

Die Historikerin Dagmar Herzog zeigt auf, wie sich als konservative Reaktion auf die sexuellen Bewegungen ab den 1960ern die US-amerikanische Psychoanalyse formierte, um eine homophobe Liebes-Doktrin zu proklamieren, die Homosexualität auf neue Weise pathologisierte. Demgegenüber plädierte Stoller für ein Verständnis von Sexualität als per se pervers und bietet in seinen Schriften damit eine Fundgrube für queere Begehrenstheorien.

This talk considers the peculiarities of psychoanalysts’ responses to the sexual revolution of the 1960s-1970s. Topics to be covered include the highly ideological (mis)uses of the ideal and dream of love in marginalizing nontraditional sexualities – as well as the strategies ultimately used by antihomophobic psychoanalysts to challenge the dominant norms, with particular attention to the late Robert Stoller’s innovative ideas about sexual excitement.

Dagmar Herzog is Distinguished Professor of History and the Daniel Rose Faculty Scholar at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She has published widely in the history of religion in Europe and the U.S., on the Holocaust and its aftermath, and on the histories of gender and sexuality. She recently completed Sexuality in Europe: A Twentieth-Century History (Cambridge UP, 2011), and is currently at work on a new project on the European and American histories of psychoanalysis, trauma, and desire. She is also the author of Sex in Crisis: The New Sexual Revolution and the Future of American Politics (Basic, 2008), Sex after Fascism: Memory and Morality in Twentieth-Century Germany (Princeton UP, 2005), and Intimacy and Exclusion: Religious Politics in Pre-Revolutionary Baden (Princeton UP, 1996; Transaction, 2007). She is the editor and coeditor of six anthologies, including, most recently, Brutality and Desire: War and Sexuality in Europe’s Twentieth Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and Lessons and Legacies VII: The Holocaust in International Perspective (Northwestern UP, 2007).

Wann: Mittwoch 15. März 2015, 19:30
Wo: ICI Berlin, Christinenstraße 18/19, H 8 (U2 Senefelder Platz)

Der Vortrag ist organisert in Kooperation mit der Forschungsstelle Archiv für Sexualwissenschaft der Humboldt Universität zu Berlin


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Desire’s Multiplicity and Serendipity

desire_bunt_wd eine Kooperationsveranstaltung zwischen dem Institut für Queer Theory und dem ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry .

Desire, wandering about and forming assemblages, might be accompanied by serendipity or mate with jouissance or the power of the erotic, even as it fails to reach its presumed aim. Instead of running on a single track, we take desire to be functioning in a multiple manner. We call on desire’s serendipity to grasp its illogical, contingent modes as a figure of fortunate errans. The lecture series looks for queer reconceptualizations of desire, its cultural articulations and lived realities. The key question is how to get from the critique of desire as a hierarchizing and normalizing force to the heterotopias of desire. What would it mean to understand or experience desire as opening up to alterity, undermining its own involvement in structural inequalities and normative violence?

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