The University of Iowa

‘Sex before Fascism’ is topic of first European Studies Group spring lecture Feb. 3

January 26th, 2012
The European Studies Group Spring 2012 Lecture Series

The European Studies Group spring 2012 lecture series begins Friday, Feb. 3, with Matthew Conn’s talk, “Sex before Fascism: Law, Sexology, and Social Belonging in German-speaking Central Europe, 1750-1940,” at noon in Room 51 of Schaeffer Hall. Three more lectures and a screening will take place throughout the semester and all are free and open to the public.

In this lecture, Conn will explain how our modern understandings of same-sex desires stem from the 18th century German Enlightenment. By analyzing how various experts over two centuries debated the meanings and origins of what scholars would later term “homosexuality,” Conn explores the unintended consequences of their inability to reach consensus.

Conn is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS).

This series is sponsored by the European Studies Group and the UI Center for Human Rights, both within International Programs; the Division of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures; and the Department of History in CLAS.

For more information, contact Jennifer Sessions at (319) 353-2199.

View the full schedule of lectures at