Sara Galle

Sara Galle, Dr.



Short bio

Sara Galle studied history and German language and literature at the University of Zurich. Since 2013 she has been a research assistant at the Institute Integration and Participation at the School of Social Work at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland in Olten. She was a member of the research team in the Sinergia project «Placing Children in Care. Child Welfare in Switzerland (1940-1990)». In 2016 her doctoral thesis was published by Chronos-Verlag: Child abduction. The «Relief Organisation for the Children of the Open Road» led by the Pro Juventute foundation in the context of Swiss youth welfare. From 2016 to 2018 she was mandated as research leader for the Independent Expert Commission on Administrative Detention. Since January 2019 she has been working on two research projects within the framework of the NRP76 «Welfare and Coersion» on psychiatric expertise and child placement (Project leader: Iris Ritzmann) and on authorities in communication with people with disabilities (Project leader: Gabriela Antener). She is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Project «Integrity, Autonomy and Participation in Child Protection»  (Project leader: Michelle Cottier et al.).

Research Interest

Sara’s research focuses on the History of Social Work and the Welfare State, Psychiatry and Child and Adult Protection. In these contexts, she examines social and legal practices as well as mechanisms of social inclusion and social exclusion.

Ongoing Projects

  • Genesis and Impact of psychiatric expertise on child placement  (Project Leader: Iris Ritzmann) Link
  • Communicative practices in the establishment of guardian- or debutyship (Project leader: Gabriela Antener) Link

Recent Publications

  • Bühler, Rahel/Galle, Sara/Grossmann, Flavia/Lavoyer, Matthieu/Mülli, Michael/ Neuhaus, Emmanuel/Ramsauer, Nadja (2019). Ordnung, Moral und Zwang. Administrative Versorgungen und Behördenpraxis. UEK Administrative Versorgungen, Band 7. Zürich: Chronos.
  • Galle, Sara (2018). Die Bildung der «geeigneten Erzieherpersönlichkeit». Gründungen, Organisation und Konzeption der Schulen für Heimerziehung in der Deutschschweiz. In: Hauss, Gisela/Gabriel, Thomas/Lengwiler, Martin (Hg.). Fremdplatziert. Heimerziehung in der Schweiz, 1940–1990. Zürich: Chronos. S. 181-194.
  • Bombach, Clara/Gabriel, Thomas/Galle, Sara/Keller, Samuel (2018). Die «neuen Praktikanten». Perspektiven auf sich verändernde Beziehungsformen im Heim der 1960er- und 1970er-Jahre. In: Hauss, Gisela/Gabriel, Thomas/Lengwiler, Martin (Hg.). Fremdplatziert. Heimerziehung in der Schweiz, 1940–1990. Zürich: Chronos. S. 219-346.
  • Galle, Sara/Hauss, Gisela (2016). Les scandales des placements d'enfants : les maisons d'éducation sous les feux de la critique publique au début des années 1970. In: In: Scandale et histoire. Lausanne : Antipodes. P. 99-115.
  • Galle, Sara (2016). Kindswegnahmen. Das «Hilfswerk für die Kinder der Landstrasse» im Kontext der schweizerischen Jugendfürsorge. Zürich: Chronos.


Welfare State History, History of Social Work, History of Psychiatry, Social Integration and Social Exclusion, Child Placement, Child Welfare, Guardianship, Social Policy, Legal Practice, Medical Expertise, File Management, Stigmatisation