Thursday, April 22 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm
"Moral Reasoning in the Wake of Mass Murder: Disability and Reproductive Rights in 1980s-1990s Germany"
The 2021 Gary B. Cohen Distinguished Lectureship in History with Dagmar Herzog
Distinguished Professor of History at the Graduate Center, City Univsersity of New York
April 22, 2021, 4pm
Herzog explores how reproductive rights and disability rights, both latecomers to the postwar human rights canon, came to be seen as competing – with unexpected consequences. Homing in on a controversy erupting over philosopher Peter Singer’s right to speak in Germany in summer 1989 – amid conservative backlash against the partial liberalization of abortion access achieved by feminists in the 1970s, but intersecting with a long-delayed reconsideration of the Nazi disability murder project that had claimed nearly 300,000 lives between 1939 and 1945 – Herzog analyzes the effects of historical ricochet.
Dagmar Herzog is Professor of History and Daniel Rose Faculty Scholar at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Among her books are Sex after Fascism (Princeton, 2005), Sexuality in Europe (Cambridge, 2011), Cold War Freud (Cambridge, 2017) and Unlearning Eugenics (Wisconsin, 2018). The Routledge Companion to Sexuality and Colonialism, coedited with Chelsea Schields, is forthcoming 2021. She is currently writing on the theology of disability in Germany, 1900-2020.
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