Lena Künzle studied cultural anthropology and sociology at the University of Basel. During her studies, she worked at the same university as a teaching assistant at the Seminar for Cultural Studies and European Ethnology and at the Institute of Sociology. She also completed various internships in museums and social institutions in Switzerland and abroad. In her master thesis: "The Art of the Artless? Cultural anthropological perspectives on subject constructions regarding the figure of the Outsider-Art artist in art discourse", she discussed the constitution of a social "other" and resulting marginalizations. From 2018 to 2021, Lena Künzle worked as part of the National Research Program (NRP) 76 at the University of Zurich (IBME) for the research project "Genesis and impact of psychiatric expertise on child placement 1921–1974". She is currently writing her dissertation in cultural anthropology at the University of Basel, contributing to the same research project. Her research focuses on the impact of psychiatric assessments on individuals who were assessed in the child observation center "Brüschhalde" in Zurich (Switzerland) from 1960 to 1970. Since 2022, Lena Künzle has been working in the Department of Social Work of the Competence Center for Disability and Life quality at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU).
- In-and exclusion, stigmatization
- History of Psychiatry
- Disability studies
- Qualitative research methods
- Outsider Art/Art Brut
Lena Künzle is currently writing her dissertation contributing to the research project "Genesis and impact of psychiatric expertise on child placement 1921–1974". This project is part of the National Research Program (NRP) 76 and funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF). In her doctoral thesis she examines the impact of psychiatric examination on individuals who were assessed in the children observation ward "Brüschhalde" in Zurich (Switzerland) in the 1960s and 1970s. Her research includes a cultural studies analysis of the narratives resulting from the assessment of individuals who were psychiatrically examined in this institution. The analysis focuses on the question of how the individuals concerned deal with their own files, which serve as additional source of studies.
FS 2022: BA-/MA-Seminar "Dinge, Dingbedeutsamkeiten und epistemische Objekte. Praktische Anwendung musealer Theorie in einer Sammlung", Seminar für Kulturwissenschaft und Europäische Ethnologie, Universität Basel (co-teaching with Prof. Dr. Eberhard Wolff)