The Rise of Global Scientia Sexualis: Dubbing and the Epistemologies of Sexual Science throughout the World, c. 1900
By pointing out shared global transformations shaping the rise of scientific understandings of sexuality I aim to challenge two common views in world history. On one hand, my project criticizes Foucault’s view about the existence of an ars sexualis in the East and a scientia sexualis in the West. Recent scholarship has found comparable sexual sciences outside of the “West” rather than non-scientific views. Secondly, my research will challenge the idea that the “scientific” knowledge on sexuality became global because it spread out from Europe. Instead, I will consider the work of recent scholars like Gregory Pflugfelder and Tom Boellstorff who argue that scholars from different parts of the world have come to embrace comparable sexual epistemologies even when they draw their knowledge from a re-elaboration of local traditions. Against this background I will consider the emergence of shared notions of the normal and the pathological, as well as the understanding of sexual practices as constitutive of the self.
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