New book announcement: The Routledge Companion to Sexuality and Colonialism

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Dear colleagues,


I am pleased to announce the publication of The Routledge Companion to Sexuality and Colonialism, edited by Chelsea Schields and Dagmar Herzog. 


Global and interdisciplinary in scope, the volume features over 30 original contributions on the historiography of sexuality and colonialism and research essays on race and reproduction; sexuality and the law; interiority and selfhood; and the interrelation of pleasure and violence. The volume’s coverage spans European, Ottoman, Japanese, and US imperial contexts in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, and East and Southeast Asia. Those interested in the histories of gender, sexuality, race, and empire will find the volume to be an indispensable resource for recent scholarship on the intimate dimensions of colonial rule. Graduate students will also find the regionally-focused historiography essays especially helpful in preparing for exams or gaining an orientation in the field.


Interested readers can purchase the book with a 20% discount via Routledge's website by using the code FLR40 at checkout (note that this offer cannot be combined with other discounts). To review a complimentary copy for course adoption, click here


Many thanks,

Chelsea Schields



Chelsea Schields and Dagmar Herzog, eds., The Routledge Companion to Sexuality and Colonialism (Routledge, 2021).

13 illustrations

ISBN Hb: 978-1-138-58139-5

eBook: 978-0-429-50544-7


Table of Contents:


Introduction: Sex, Intimacy, and Power in Colonial Studies – Chelsea Schields and Dagmar Herzog


Part I: Directions in the Study of Sexuality and Colonialism

  1. Old Empires, New Perspectives: Sexuality in the Spanish and Portuguese Americas – Nicole von Germeten
  2. Sexual Hierarchies and Erotic Autonomy: Colonizing and Decolonizing Sex in the Caribbean – Nicole Bourbonnais
  3. Sexuality in Colonial Africa: Current Trends and New Directions – Corrie Decker
  4. On Endless Empires: Sexuality and Colonialism in the Middle East and North Africa –Susanna Ferguson and Seçil Yılmaz
  5. Sexuality and the Japanese Empire: A Contested History – Aiko Takeuchi-Demirci
  6. Transactions: Sex, Power, and Resistance in Colonial South and Southeast Asia – Kate Imy
  7. Settler Sexualities: Reproducing Nations in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand – Gregory D. Smithers

Part II: Constructing Race, Controlling Reproduction

  1. Sexual Intermixture, Blood Lineage, and Legal Disabilities in Eighteenth-Century Jamaica and the British Atlantic – Brooke N. Newman
  2. Conceiving Colonialism: Contraceptive Practices in Colonial and Post-Colonial Mexico – Nora E. Jaffary
  3. Demographic Anxieties, Pro-natalism and Governing Difference in the Late Ottoman Empire – Gülhan Balsoy
  4. Settler Colonialism and the Canadian Child Welfare System – Laura C.L. Landertinger
  5. Imperial Wetnursing in Italian East Africa – Diana Garvin
  6. Race, Gender, Colonialism, Racial Capitalism, and Black Women’s Wombs – Françoise Vergès

Part III: Sexuality in Law

  1. Negotiating Adultery in Colonial Quito – Chad Thomas Black
  2. Regulated Prostitution in French-Colonized Northern Vietnam and its Failures, 1920-1945 – Christina Firpo
  3. The League of Nations and Colonial Prostitution – Liat Kozma
  4. "In Consonance with their Sacred Laws": The Colonial Remaking of Religious Courts in Iraq – Sara Pursley
  5. "The Right to my Daughter": African Women, French Men, and Custody of Métis Children in Twentieth-Century French Colonial Africa – Rachel Jean-Baptiste
  6. Pining for Purity: Interracial Sex, the South African Immorality (Amendment) Act (1950), and "Petty" Apartheid – Susanne M. Klausen

Part IV: Subjects, Souls, and Selfhood

  1. Single Women and Spiritual Capital: Sexuality and Devotion in Colonial Guatemala – Brianna Leavitt-Alcántara
  2. Mixed Marriage and the Embodiment of Law in French Algeria – Judith Surkis
  3. White French Women, Colonial Migration, and Sexual Labor between Metropole and Colony – Caroline Séquin
  4. Transgender History in Sinophone Taiwan – Howard Chiang
  5. Queer Sovereignties: Reimagining Sexual Citizenship from the Dutch Caribbean – Wigbertson Julian Isenia
  6. Colonialist Intimacies: Loving and Leaving on Lesbian Land – Katherine Schweighofer

Part V: Pleasure and Violence

  1. A Spanish Notary in a Nahua Town in Post-Contact Mexico: A Case of Sexual and Cultural Liminality – Martin Nesvig
  2. A Trace of Law: State Building and Criminalization of Buggery in Jamaica – Tracy Robinson
  3. Gender, Sexual Violence, and the Herero Genocide – Elisa von Joeden-Forgey
  4. Violence, Anxieties, and the Making of Interracial Dangers: Colonial Surveillance and Interracial Sexuality in the Belgian Congo – Amandine Lauro
  5. Longing, Love, and Loss in Times of War: South Asian Sepoys on the Western Front – Santanu Das
  6. Sexual Restraint, Substitution, Transgression, and Extreme Violence across the Late-Colonial Dutch East Indies and Postcolonial Indonesia – Esther Captain