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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Gender as a Category of Knowledge

Lisa Malich

PhD Project:

From Nervous Moods to Hormonal Mood Swings:
A Historical Discourse Analysis of Emotionality in Pregnancy

 

 
 

Description of the Project

 

Today, pregnancy is often praised as the most natural and most female state there is. Nevertheless, pregnant women are often portrayed as being ruled by raging hormones; they are hysterically crying, raging in uncontrollable anger, and displaying irrational behavior – phenomena that can be labeled as »pregnant mood swings.« My dissertation focuses on the interrelation of the pregnant psyche, emotions, and hormones in the course of the 19th and 20th century. Analyzing medical and psychological texts, guidebooks on pregnancy, and books for midwives, I want to trace and investigate the changing order of pregnant emotions as well as their connection to concepts of the body. Thereby I will focus on three main questions: (1) Which were the major historical shifts in conceptions of pregnancy and emotions? (2) How do they relate to transformed notions of the body like the nervous system or hormones ? (3) What places and mechanisms of knowledge production are connected to these developments ?
   

Particulars

 

Lisa Malich, studied psychology at Freie Universität Berlin and Indiana University, Bloomington (USA); 2009–2011 fellowship at the research training group »Gender as a Category of Knowledge« at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin; since 2012 member of the scientific staff at the Institute for the History of Medicine at Charité Berlin.

   

Selected Publications

 

Vom Mittel der Familienplanung zum differenzierenden Lifestyle-Präparat. Bilder der Pille und ihrer Konsumentin in gynäkologischen Werbeanzeigen seit den 1960er Jahren in der BRD und Frankreich. In: NTM Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Wissenschaften, Technik und Medizin 20/1 (2012). S. 1 – 30.

Zeitpfeile, Zeitfaltungen und Diskursanalyse. Zu Kontinuitäten der Imaginationslehre. In: Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 34 (4) 2011. S. 363 – 378.

zus. m. Christian Pischel: Das Sagbare und das Sichtbare als politische Dimension der Fotografie. Verena Jaekels Serie »Neue Familienportraits/New Family Portraits«. In: Die gleichgeschlechtliche Familie mit Kindern. Interdisziplinäre Beiträge zu einer neuen Lebensform, hg. v. Dorett Funcke u. Petra Thorn, Bielefeld 2010. S. 455 – 480.

zus. m. Falko Schnicke: Travelling Gender Studies. Wissenschaftliche Tagung anlässlich 20 Jahre institutioneller Frauenund Geschlechterforschung an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. In: Feministische Studien 28/1 (2010). S. 166 – 169.

                                           

Contact

http://lisamalich.wordpress.com/

LisaMalich@gmx.de