Adorno's "Sexual Taboos and Law Today" – 60 Years On

February 25, 2023
Department of Philosophy / School of Modern Languages, University of Warwick

Library, 3rd floor, Wolfson Research Exchange
Social Sciences Building, Coventry CV4 7AL
Coventry CV4 7AL
United Kingdom

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  • British Society for the History of Philosophy
  • Society for Applied Philosophy
  • Aristotelian Society


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(All sessions, including coffee breaks, take place in the Social Sciences Building, ground floor).  

10.00–10.30   Registration and coffee 

10.30–10.45   Introduction by the organisers 

10.45–12.15   Panel 1: Sex and Taboo

  • Christine Kirchhoff (International Psychoanalyic University, Berlin):
    Sexual Taboos and Law Today? Reflections from the Perspective of Psychoanalysis 
  • Julia König (University of Mainz):
    Reflections on the ›Minors-Complex‹ in Adorno’s 'Sexual Taboos and Law Today' and in Current Moral Panics 

12.15–13.30   Lunch  

13.30–15.00   Panel 2: Sex and Society 

  • Marcel Stoetzler (Bangor University):
    Law, Lust, and Otherness in the Society of Total Domination: On Adorno’s Essay ‘Sexual Taboos and Law Today’ 
  • Craig Reeves (Birkbeck):
    Persecution, Punishment, and the Potential for Freedom: Reactualising Adorno's Critical Moral Psychology 

15.00–15.15   Coffee 

15.15–16.45   Panel 3: Sex and Crime  

  • Iris Dankemeyer (University of Art and Design, Halle):
    Presumption of Innocence: On the Topicality of Adorno’s Lines of Inquiry in 'Sexual Taboos and Law Today'
  • Nicola Lacey (LSE): A Feminist Criminal Lawyer’s Retrospective on Adorno’s Text 

16.45–17.00   Coffee 

17.00–18.00   Roundtable with all speakers 

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Department of Philosophy Warwick, HRC University of Warwick, Aristotelian Society, British Society for the History of Philosophy, Society for Applied Philosophy

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