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Monika Ankele
Dr. Monika Ankele

Ethics, Collections and History of Medicine
Position: Research Associate (Postdoc)

ORCID: 0000-0002-1142-2642
T +43 1 40160-26027

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History of Medicine

Research interests

My research focuses on the history of psychiatry and its institutional cultures in the 19th and 20th century, following a patient-oriented approach. My current research addresses objects and spaces of psychiatry, putting a special emphasis on the hospital bed and the bath tub, both important treatment devices at the beginning of the 20th century. In my work I am seeking a better understanding for the entanglement of material culture, spaces, practices (of knowledge), and the senses in the context of medicine. 

Selected publications

  1. Material Configurations of Nursing and its ethical Implications. The Prolonged Bath Treatment in Psychiatry, in: European Journal for Nursing History and Ethics 2/2020, S. 101-123.
  2. Alltag und Aneignung in Psychiatrien um 1900. Selbstzeugnisse von Frauen aus der Sammlung Prinzhorn. Wien/Köln/Weimar: Böhlau 2009.
  3. Friedrich, L., Harrasser, K. & Kaiser, C. eds., 2018. Szenographien des Subjekts. Available at:
  4. Material Cultures of Psychiatry, Bielefeld: Transcript 2020, with Benoit Majerus
  5. Roberts-Pedersen, E., 2017. Waltraud Ernst (ed.), Work, Psychiatry and Society, c.1750,