A couple patiently waits for a healthy child after a pregnancy that has lasted several years. A desperate widow claims her newborn is her husband’s child, years after his death. Fetuses are made to “fall asleep” in the womb and hibernate there for years until woken up again. In the French colonies of Tunisia, Morocco,… Read more →
Nina S. Studer
Nina S. Studer is a historian and Arabist with a strong focus on gender and the history of psychiatry in colonial contexts. Her Ph.D., which she has written at the Universities of Zürich and Oxford on descriptions of Muslim North African women by French colonial psychiatrists, was published as a monograph under the title “The Hidden Patients: North African Women in French Colonial Psychiatry” in 2016. Since then, she has conducted research into medical and psychiatric descriptions of drinking habits in the colonial Maghreb. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bern and in the process of writing her habilitation on the participation of women in various protest movements in Syria and Lebanon during the French mandate period.