Magnus-Hirschfeld-Gesellschaft e.V. Forschungsstelle zur Geschichte der Sexualwissenschaft

Magnus Hirschfeld: Sex Reform in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Gerard Koskovich explores the visual strategies employed by Magnus Hirschfeld to argue for the respect of gay and transgender people


lgbtQ+@cam and CamLibQ+ are proud to welcome San Francisco-based queer public historian and book dealer Gerard Koskovich to share his work on Dr Magnus Hirschfeld (1868–1935) ahead of his publication on the subject.

An internationally renowned German physician and sexologist, Magnus Hirschfeld was not only a pioneering advocate for homosexual and transgender emancipation, but also a pioneer in the use of reproduced images to advance the work of sex reform.

In this illustrated talk, Koskovich analyzes the visual strategies in Dr Hirschfeld’s publications from the 1890s to the 1930s. His presentation traces the innovative, complex, contradictory and problematic ways Hirschfeld used images to advance his arguments for medical, legal, political and social respect for homosexual and transgender people.

This event will be accompanied by a display of rare and interesting Hirschfeld materials from the University Library’s Rare Books Room. A recording of this event will be online on Channel Q+ afterwards