Emmanuel Neuhaus

Emmanuel Neuhaus , MA

PhD Student


Short bio

Emmanuel Neuhaus holds a master’s degree in History, German studies and Gender Studies from University of Bern. In his master thesis he examined the role of experts, notably medical specialists of the Schweizerische Unfallversicherungsanstalt (Suva), in the so called “Fluorkrieg”. In this context, a public discourse took place because of health and environmental damage caused by the aluminum industry. The research aimed to determine the self-image of the Suva doctors in relation to their free practicing colleagues and also to discover the role of experts and their networks within the topic of fluorosis. During his studies Emmanuel worked as a teaching assistant and tutor at the University of Bern. He was furthermore employed from 2016 to 2019 as a scientific collaborator within the “Independent Expert Commission (IEC) on Administrative Detention” which evaluated the history of the so-called administrative detention prior to 1981 on behalf of the swiss government (see link below).

Research Interest

•    Social and Cultural History of Switzerland (19th and 20th Century)
•    History of Medicine with an emphasis on the social and cultural aspects
•    Scientific Expertise
•    History of Psychiatry

Ongoing Projects

Emmanuel is currently employed as a PhD student in the research project “Genesis and impact of psychiatric expertise on child placement” funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation as a part of the National Research Program NRP 76. In his doctoral thesis, he focuses on the genesis of child psychiatric examination and investigates the logics and explanations within the psychiatric reports. This includes analyzing the process of psychiatric examination, structure and narration of the main documents, as well as child psychiatry in a broader scientific and social context. The main sources are the personal files of the two psychiatric child observation wards located in the canton of Zurich, scientific articles, psychiatric textbooks and the institutions official reports.


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