Trust as Violence: The Politics of Film and the Militarization of Male Sexuality in National Socialism

Lecture | March 22 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Anja Laukötter, Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin

 Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, GHI West, the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington DC

This talk discusses the political significance of film and emotions in National Socialism. It explains how Nazi ideology and culture politics led to the conception and production of films as a forum for regulating emotions. It then explores the regime's ambivalent sexual politics, and in particular its attempts to fight the spread of venereal disease, which took on new relevance for the military after the beginning of the Second World War.

Anja Laukötter is a researcher at the Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. Additionally, she is co-director of the international research group The Healthy Self as Body Capital: Individuals, Market-Based Societies, and Body Politics in Visual Twentieth Century Europe.

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