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Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease

Sex, Ethics and Psychology: The Networks and Cultural Context of Albert Moll (1862-1939)

Supported by the Wellcome Trust and the Wolfson Research Institute, Durham University

Please visit the link to the right for the Conference report. 

The aim of this two day conference is to bring together an international group of academics, with an interest in the German physician Albert Moll (1862-1939), who had broad interdisciplinary interests in medical ethics, psychology, occultism and sexology. This event will provide an opportunity to look into the work and life of Albert Moll, one of the most eminent medical authors of his time, within the socio-cultural context of late Imperial and Weimar Germany. The conference will also discuss the broader international reception of Moll's work during his lifetime and beyond.

Thursday, 5th November 2009 

Parapsychology and Occultism

(morning session)

Heather Wolffram (University of Queensland, Australia). '"Trick", "manipulation" and "farce": Albert Moll's critique of occultism'

Barbara Wolf-Braun (University of Frankfurt/Main, Germany). 'Albert Moll's fight against occultism and parapsychology'

Andreas Sommer (University College London, UK). 'Pathologising the occult: Moll, Schrenck-Notzing, and the creation of anomalistic psychology'

Medical Ethics

(afternoon session)

Holger Maehle (Durham University, UK). 'The Medical Ethics of Albert Moll: theory and practice'

Boleslav Lichterman (Russian Academy of Science, Moscow). 'Russian critics of "Aerztliche Ethik"'

Collective Identities and Personal Animosities

(evening session)

Rosa Reicher (University of Heidelberg, Germany). 'Beyond integration and modern self-identification: Albert Moll and his Jewish heritage'

Volkmar Sigusch (University of Frankfurt/Main, Germany). 'The sexologist Albert Moll in relation to Sigmund Freud and Magnus Hirschfeld'

Friday, 6th November 2009 

Normal and Deviant Sexuality I

(morning session)

Harry Oosterhuis (University of Maastricht, Netherlands). 'Sexual Modernity in the works of Richard von Krafft-Ebing and Albert Moll' 

Normal and Deviant Sexuality II

(morning session)

Lutz Sauerteig (Durham University, UK). 'Moll and the invention of childhood sexuality'

Thomas Schmuck (Saxonian Academy of Sciences, Leipzig, Germany) 'Inconsistencies and disorder of human sexuality: Mečnikov's views on sexuality by comparison to Moll'

Sexology in Practice

(afternoon session)

Matthew Conn (University of Iowa, US). 'Moll as Witness: sexologists and expert testimony in Germany, 1890s-1930s'

Thomas Bryant (Leuphana University, Lüneberg, Germany). 'Sexological deliberation and social engineering: Albert Moll and the sterilization movement in late Imperial and Weimar Germany'