Nina Studer

Nina Studer

I have been working, as a historian and Arabist, on the history of medecine and psychiatry in the colonial Maghreb since 2009. I have written my Ph.D. at the Universities of Zürich and Oxford on the question of how Muslim North African women were viewed, treated and diagnosed by French colonial psychiatrists and my research was published as a monograph under the title “The Hidden Patients: North African Women in French Colonial Psychiatry” by Böhlau in 2016. Since then I have worked on the intersection of psychiatry and drinking habits in the colonial Maghreb, looking at descriptions of tea, coffee, and various kinds of alcohol, and the corresponding diagnoses of teaism, coffeeism and alcoholism. I am also interested in general theories proposed by French colonial psychiatrists attributing addictions among North Africans to their inherent “addictive nature”.

Being associated with the MaDaf project gives me the opportunity to exchange ideas with experts in the history of psychiatry, to ground and contextualise my current project on the addiction to absinthe in colonial Algeria through this mutual exchange, to be exposed to new perspectives around mental disorders and madness, and to stay connected with current research on these topics.

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