Departmental Colloquium: Professor André Burguière (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales): Sexuality and Conjugality in Ancient Regime France

In the making of a new Conjugal Culture, the impact of the effort of the Church and of the Royal State, particularly during the XVIIth, century, at constraining every sexual Impulses, has to be measured by its effects on the moral Attitudes of the population more than by its intended Religious Goals.The Admonishing of the Church, concerning the festive proceedings of Marriages, instilled into the people a defensive conception of the private sphere and shut away the Couple in a private space of Secretiveness and Intimacy.

The quite early introduction of contraceptive practices in France, compared to other west european countries, is one of the most symptomatic indices of the transformation of Mentalities which produced a new pattern of Conjugal Relations. The drastic Change in the ethic of Conjugal Life comes directly from the new Norms of the Predication and of the Religious Control. Its effects on the Marital Sexuality turned to be  contrary to what the Church wanted to promote.

This lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20 at 4pm in 3335 Dwinelle Hall. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 4:00pm
All Welcome
3335 Dwinelle