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17:30 3 March 2011

What is Dippoldism? Sex, crime, and education in Germany circa 1900


5th Floor Seminar Room | Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL (link Map)
183 Euston Road | London | NW1 2BE | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Professor Michael Hagner, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

In this lecture Hagner will deal with an influential criminal case that took place in Germany in the early twentieth century, briefly reconstructing the case and then analyzing in greater detail the controversial discussion it provoked in criminology, psychiatry, and among the general public.

In sexual science, the case led to the invention of a new pathological category – "dippoldism", from the name of the tutor, Andreas Dippold – designating sexual arousal from applying corporal punishment to children. Before this case became canonical as a subcategory of sadism, it underwent several transformations, which gave evidence of its complexity. The topic of Hagner’s talk is highly relevant to current debates and demonstrates how the different and interwoven layers of complex cases in the history of science can only be adequately dealt with by an approach that spans several different disciplines.


Lauren Cracknell
+44 (0)20 7679 8100 | l.cracknell@ucl.ac.uk


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