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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Gender as a Category of Knowledge

Stefan Wünsch

PhD Project:

The Diseased Sex: Medicine and Prostitution in Berlin in the Early 20th Century

 
 

Description of the Project

 

The aim of the thesis is to demonstrate how the forcible supervision of prostitutes by the sanitary police in the early 20th century produced powerful sexual differences. The central epistemic interest of my project is the interaction between the controlled and the controlling: at this historical moment academic knowledge ranging from gynecology, to criminology, through modern urban planning, became intertwined, which had a broader effect on identity production. The figure of the prostitute makes it possible to bring a specific narrative into the center of the debate, through which the dissemination as well as the circulation of historical knowledge can be revealed. The central question is: in the context of venereal diseases, how is a gendered identity constituted? Or in a more general sense: how does a person become a subject in our culture?

                                             

Particulars

 

Stefan Wuensch received his Magister Artium (MA) in modern history and social sciences from the Humboldt University at Berlin in 2006. He is currently research fellow at the Center for Literary and Cultural Research (ZfL) in Berlin. From 2007-2010 he was PhD-student at graduate school “Gender as a Category of Knowledge” at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

   

Selected Publications

 

»… indem man arbeitet, vergißt man seine Arbeit, d.h. das Absonderliche daran.« Agnes Hacker, eine Ärztin bei der Berliner Sittenpolizei. In: Die Ariadne. Forum für Frauen- und Geschlechtergeschichte 62 (2012). S. 22 – 29.

zus. m. Martin Lücke: Ehen vor Gericht. Vergeschlechtlichung im Spannungsverhältnis von Ehelichkeit und Prostitution in der Weimarer Republik. In: Österreichische Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft 20/3 (2009). S. 83 – 107.

Käthe Hagedorn. Ein historischer Beitrag über das unsichtbare Phänomen der pädophil-begehrenden Frau. In: Plurale. Zeitschrift für Denkversionen 7 (2008). S. 241 – 272.

Die Familie Sander. Prostitution, Zuhälterei und Justiz in der späten Weimarer Republik. In: Verhandlungen im Zwielicht. Momente der Prostitution in Geschichte und Gegenwart, hg. v. Sabine Grenz u. Martin Lücke, Bielefeld 2006. S. 315 – 335.

   

Contact

http://www.zfl-berlin.org/wissenschaftler-detail/items/wuensch.html

stefan_wuensch@yahoo.com