Felix Rietmann

Dr. phil. Dr. med.




Geschichte der Kinderheilkunde und Gesundheit im Kindesalter

Geschichte der Kinderpsychiatrie und -psychologie

Kultur- und Mediengeschichte der Medizin (19. und 20. Jahrhundert)

Medizinischer und wissenschaftlicher Film

Geschichte der wissenschaftlichen Beobachtung

Historische Epistemologie

Historiographie der Medizin und der Wissenschaften


Felix is post-doctoral researcher and lecturer 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 medicine, film and media studies and science and technology studies. From June 2021, he will lead a small group with an Ambizione grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation. The project is entitled Rising a Well-Grown Child: Media and Material Cultures of Child Health in the Early Nineteenth Century and explores how notions of health and illness in childhood were articulated in popular magazines and materialized in domestic, medical, and pedagogical practices in German-speaking 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.

Forschung und Publikationen

  • Publikationen

    Monographies and Books

    1. F. Rietmann, “Seeing the Infant: Audiovisual Technologies and the Mind Sciences of the Child,” Ph.D. thesis (Princeton University, 2018). [Currently in revision for book publication.] 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 [in preparation] (Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, 2021 or 2022).


    Articles in Scientific Journals and Book Chapters

    1. F. Rietmann, “From Still Faces and Micro-Plots: Audiovisual Narration in Infant Mental Health,” in preparation for special issue of Naratologia.

    2. F. Rietmann, “Between Film and Tape: Epistemic Shifts in Infant Research” in Epistemic Screens: Science and the Moving Image, edited by Scott Curtis, Oliver Gaycken and Vinzenz Hediger, [accepted for publication] (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2021).

    3. F. Rietmann, “No Escape from Fleck”, Isis 109, no. 1 (2018): 91-94. https://doi.org/10.1086/697181

    4. 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

    5. 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.

    6. 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 Reviews

    1. F. Rietmann, review of Emotionally Disturbed: A History of Caring for America’s Troubled Children, by Deborah Blythe Doroshow, [in Druck], Gesnerus 77, no. 1 (2020).

    2. F. Rietmann, review of Babies Made Us Modern: How Infants Brought America into the Twentieth Century, by Janet Golden, Gesnerus 76, no. 1 (2019): 127–28.