Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellows

Ellen Abrams

Supervisor: Professor Alberto Cambrosio

co-supervisor: Professor Samer Faraj


Felix E. Rietmann

Supervisor: Dr Thomas Schlich

felix.rietmann [at]



Felix E. Rietmann is SNSF Ambition Fellow at the Chair of Medical Humanities at the University of Fribourg. His research explores the material and visual culture of medicine with a special interest in the history of child health. He holds an MSc from Imperial College London, an MD from Charité-Berlin and a PhD from Princeton University.

Research Interests

History of Modern Medicine and Public Health; History of Health and Illness in Childhood; Film and Medicine; Literature and Medicine; Material and Visual Culture of Medicine

Selected Publications

F. Rietmann, “Raising a well-grown child: Popular periodicals and the cultural history of child health in the early nineteenth century,” KulturPoetik [cultural poetics] 22, no. 2 (2022).

F. Rietmann, “Von Systemanalyse zu Familiennarrativ: Kleinkindpsychiatrie in Lausanne,” in “Das Problem Kind: Zur Geschichte der Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie der Schweiz im 20. Jahrhundert,” edited by Urs Germann, Urs Hafner, and Mirjam Janett, Itinera. Supplément de la Revue suisse d'histoire (Fall 2022).

F. Rietmann, “No Escape from Fleck”, Isis 109, no. 1 (2018): 91-94.

F. Rietmann, M. Schildmann, C. Arni, D.T. Cook, D. Giuriato, N. Göhlsdorf, and W. Muigai, “Knowledge of childhood: Materiality, text, and the history of science - an interdisciplinary round table discussion”, The British Journal for the History of Science 50, no. 1 (2017): 111-141.

F. Rietmann, “Visualiser l’esprit de l’enfant : une généalogie de l’image en pédopsychiatrie“, Neuropsychiatrie de l'Enfance et de l'Adolescence 64, no. 7 (2016): 473–80.


Cynthia Tang

B.Sc. University of Toronto (Toxicology), M.Sc. University of Waterloo (Immunology), M.A. McGill University (History of Medicine), PhD McGill University (History of Medicine)

Supervisor: Dr Thomas Schlich

cynthia.tang2 [at]

Research Interests

My research explores the social and political contexts in which technological change takes place in medicine, with a focus on the major shifts that occurred in twentieth century surgical practice. My current projects examine how new surgical technologies affect patients’ experiences of medical care and how political policies influence surgical practice.










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