Felix Rietmann

Dr. Dr.




History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health (18th-21st century)

History of Health and Illness in Childhood

History of Medical Technology

Medical Anthropology

Film and Medicine

Literature and Medicine

Material and Visual Culture of Medicine

Collaborateur·trice scientifique FNS
Section de médecine


Felix is an SNSF Ambizione fellow at the chair for medical humanities. He leads a small research group with a project entitled Raising a Well-Grown Child: Media and Material Cultures of Child Health in the Early Nineteenth Century (https://p3.snf.ch/project-193557). The project explores the cultural history of child health in German and French-speaking Europe in the early nineteenth century focusing on an analysis of popular periodicals, material culture, and domestic, medical, and pedagogical practices. See also: https://www.unifr.ch/research/en/news/news/26625/trad.

Felix was awarded a joint PhD from the Program in the History of Science and the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities at Princeton University (USA) in 2018. His PhD-thesis explores the use of audiovisual technologies in the history of early chilhood psychiatry. In 2010, Felix received a Doctor medicinae (doctoral degree in medicine) from the Charité Berlin (Germany) and an MSc in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from Imperial College London (UK). In 2008, he graduated with an medical degree from the Charité. Subsequently, he worked as an assistant doctor in, first, internal medicine, and, later, pediatrics and child psychiatry.

Recherche et publications

  • Publications

    Monographies and Books

    1. F. Rietmann, “Seeing the Infant: Audiovisual Technologies and the Mind Sciences of the Child,” Ph.D. thesis (Princeton University, 2018). [A significantly extended and completely revised version is currently in preparation for book publication with the working title Watching Babies: A History of Infant Mental Health] https://search.proquest.com/docview/2158088791/5799417884E8455EPQ/1.
    2. F. Rietmann, ClC-channels and etoposide resistance: An experimental study of the neuroendocrine tumour cell line LCC-18, Monograph and Medical Dissertation (Saarbrücken: Südwestdeutscher Verlag für Hochschulschriften, 2011).


    Edited Volumes

    1. M. King, Y. Wübben and F. Rietmann (eds.), Handbuch für Literatur und Medizin, Handbücher zur kulturwissenschaftlichen Philologie [under contract] (Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, 2024).


    Articles in Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journals

    1. F. Rietmann, “Of Still Faces and Micro-Plots: Audiovisual Narration in Infant Mental Health,” Naratologia [accepted] (forthcoming).
    2. F. Rietmann, “Mother-Blaming Revisited: Gender, Cinematography, and Infant Research in the Heyday of Psychoanalysis.” History of the Human Sciences, July 25, 2023. https://doi.org/10.1177/09526951231187556.
    3. F. Rietmann, "Von Systemanalyse zu Familiennarrativ: Kleinkindpsychiatrie in Lausanne," Itinera. Beiheft zur Schweizerischen Zeitschrift für Geschichte 50 (2023): 79-93. https://schwabe.ch/das-problem-kind-978-3-7965-4618-1
    4. F. Rietmann, "Raising a well-grown child: Popular periodicals and the cultural history of child health in the early ninteenth century," KulturPoetik [cultural poetics] 22, No. 2 (2022): 179-211, https://www.vr-elibrary.de/doi/abs/10.13109/kult.2022.22.2.179 [green access: https://folia.unifr.ch/global/documents/320845]
    5. F. Rietmann, “No Escape from Fleck”, Isis 109, no. 1 (2018): 91-94. https://doi.org/10.1086/697181
    6. 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. https://doi.org/10.1017/S000708741700005X
    7. 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neurenf.2016.07.001.
    8. F. Rietmann, “‘What is HPS for?’: Review of the Fifth Joint Workshop on Integrated History and Philosophy of Science”, Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science 5, no. 1 (2011): 88-90. https://doi.org/10.4245/sponge.v5i1.14189


    Book Chapters

    1. D. Kohler and F. Rietmann, "Intermedialität," in preparation for Handbuch für Literatur und Medizin, Handbücher zur kulturwissenschaftlichen Philologie, edited by M. King, Y. Wübben and F. Rietmann (Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, 2024).
    2. F. Rietmann, "Medikale Kulturen in der periodischen Familienpresse des 19. Jahrhunderts," in preparation for Handbuch für Literatur und Medizin, Handbücher zur kulturwissenschaftlichen Philologie, edited by M. King, Y. Wübben and F. Rietmann (Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, 2024).
    3. F. Rietmann, “Between Film and Tape: Epistemic Shifts in Infant Research,” accepted for publication in Epistemic Screens: Science and the Moving Image, edited by Scott Curtis, Oliver Gaycken and Vinzenz Hediger (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, forthcoming).


    Book Reviews

    1. F. Rietmann, review of Intelligent Love: The Story of Clara Park, Her Autistic Daughter, and the Myth of the Refrigerator Mother (Beacon Press, 2021), by Marga Vicedo, Intellectual History Review 23, No. 4 (2022): 767-769, https://doi.org/10.1080/17496977.2021.1948760.
    2. F. Rietmann, review of Children and Drug Safety: Balancing Risk and Protection in Twentieth-Century America (Rutgers University Press, 2018), by Cynthia A. Connolly, Gesnerus 77, no. 2 (2020): 438-439.
    3. F. Rietmann, review of Emotionally Disturbed: A History of Caring for America’s Troubled Children (Chicago University Press, 2019), by Deborah Blythe Doroshow, Gesnerus 77, no. 1 (2020): 149-150.
    4. F. Rietmann, review of Babies Made Us Modern: How Infants Brought America into the Twentieth Century, by Janet Golden, Gesnerus 76, no. 1 (2019): 127–128.

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