History of Modern Medicine and Public Health (18th-21st century)
History of Health and Illness in Childhood
History of Pediatrics, Child Psychiatry, and Child Psychology
Film and Medicine
Literature and Medicine
Material and Visual Culture of Medicine
Felix is an SNSF Ambizione fellow at the chair for medical humanities. His research focuses on the history of pediatrics, child psychiatry, and developmental psychology, drawing on perspectives from the history of science and medicine, and film, literary, and media studies. Since June 2021, he leads a small research group with the 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 how notions of health and illness in childhood were articulated in popular magazines and materialized in domestic, medical, and pedagogical practices in Europe in the early nineteenth century.
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
Monographies and Books
1. F. Rietmann, “Seeing the Infant: Audiovisual Technologies and the Mind Sciences of the Child,” Ph.D. thesis (Princeton University, 2018). [An extended and revised version is currently in preparation for book publication with the working title Watching Babies: A Media 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).
1. M. King, Y. Wübben and F. Rietmann (Eds.), Handbuch für Literatur und Medizin, Handbücher zur kulturwissenschaftlichen Philologie [in preparation] (Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, forthcoming).
Articles in Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journals
1. F. Rietmann, “Of Still Faces and Micro-Plots: Audiovisual Narration in Infant Mental Health,” in review for special issue of Naratologia.
2. F. Rietmann, "Von Systemanalyse zu Familiennarrativ: Kleinkindpsychiatrie in Lausanne," in review for special issue of Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Geschichte
3. F. Rietmann, "Raising a well-grown child: Popular periodicals and the cultural history of child health in the early ninteenth century," appears in KulturPoetik [cultural poetics] 22, No. 2 (2022).
4. F. Rietmann, “No Escape from Fleck”, Isis 109, no. 1 (2018): 91-94. https://doi.org/10.1086/697181
5. 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
6. 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.
7. 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
Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters
1. 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, forthcoming).
2. F. Rietmann, "Medikalisierung 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, forthcoming).
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).
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 (July 19, 2021): 1–3, https://doi.org/10.1080/17496977.2021.1948760.
2. F. Rietmannn, 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 (Cambridge University Press, 2018), by Janet Golden, Gesnerus 76, no. 1 (2019): 127–28.