The Child as Catalyst for Change: Free Upbringing, Free Sex and Socialism in early 20th Century

Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution

See relations at Aarhus University

Camilla Skovbjerg Paldam - Invited speaker

In the beginning of the 20th century, new theories of children, upbringing and sexual education evolved in the wake of Sigmund Freud’s writings on children’s sexuality. Further, expressionist, dadaist and surrealist artists took an interest in the child, glorifying its unspoiled spontaneity and open-mindedness. Common to both theorists and artists of the period was a focus on liberation; this, however, could be understood in many ways and to different extents. German psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich held one of the most radical beliefs, which in brief encompassed that a sexually free upbringing would ultimately lead to a perfect socialist society. The aim of this talk is to investigate and contextualise the role of the child in some of the revolutionary utopias of the 1930s.

Invited speaker. Lecture hosted by SECL, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent
28 May 2015

Event (Seminar)

TitleKIASH visiting scholar
LocationUniversity of Kent
CountryUnited Kingdom


ID: 96033771