Sexology in the Southwest

This essay looks at the case of Victor van Alten, who was tried multiple times for violating Paragraph 175 in German Southwest Africa. It shows how the emergent discourses of sexuality were intertwined with those of colonialism.

“Sexology in the Southwest: Law, Medicine and Sexuality in Germany and Its Colonies,” forthcoming in Toward a Global History of Sexual Science (University of California Press), ed. Veronika Fuechtner, Douglas E. Haynes and Ryan Jones.