Dr. Merle Weßel
Dr. Merle Weßel
Merle Weßel studied history and literary studies (B.A.) in Göttingen and Bielefeld and European Studies (M.A.) in Helsinki. She obtained her PhD in Area and Culture Studies with a focus on Nordic Studies at the University of Helsinki in 2018. The title of her dissertation is “An Unholy Union? Eugenic Feminism in the Nordic Countries, ca. 1890-1940.” In 2017, she was associate research student at the Centre for Medical Humanities at the Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, Great Britain. After having attained her doctorate, she worked as postdoctoral researcher at the chair of Nordic History at the University of Greifswald (2018-2019). Since March 2019, she is postdoctoral researcher in the section Ethics in Medicine.
Her main research interests are in gender studies, feminist theory, medical humanities and medical history. She takes a special interest in the intersection of gender and medicine in the historical, cultural and social context. The focus is here on how feminist theories may contribute to a better understanding of social categories such as gender, ethnicity, class or age in the field of medical and bioethics. Furthermore, she researches sexuality, sexual violence, and eugenics within the medical context.
- Gender studies and feminist theory
- Medical history of the 19th and 20th century
- Sexuality and sexual violence
- Eugenics and racial hygiene
Weßel, Merle, Ellerich-Groppe, Niklas & Mark Schweda. 2021. Gender stereotyping of robotic systems in eldercare: An explorative analysis of ethical problems and possible solutions. International Journal of Social Robotics. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12369-021-00854-x
Weßel, Merle. 2021. The Nordic in the Scientific Racial Discourses in the United States and Northern Europe in the Interwar Period. The Passing of Greatness. In: Marjanen, Jani, Strang, Strang, Johan & Mary Hilson (eds.), Contesting Nordicness. From Scandinavianims to the Nordic Brand, pp. 59-80. Berlin: DeGryter.
Weßel, Merle. 2021. Feminist Approach to Geriatric Care: Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment, Diversity and Intersectionality. Journal of Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy.
Weßel, Merle & Mark Schweda. 2021. Recognizing the Diverse Faces of Later Life. Old Age as a Category of Intersectional Analysis in Medical Ethics. Journal of Philosophy & Medicine (in press).
Weßel, Merle, & Christina Lang. 2020. Rechtliche und Medizin-Ethische Fragen zur Freiwilligkeit der Kastration bei Sexualstraftätern. Medizinrecht 38: 106-111.
Merle Weßel. 2018. An Unholy Union? Eugenic Feminism in der Nordic Countries, ca. 1890-1940, Dissertation, Helsinki: Unigrafia.
Kananen, Johannes, Bergenheim, Sophy, Weßel, Merle (Eds.). 2018. Conceptualising Public Health. Historical and Contemporary Struggles over Key Concepts, London: Routledge.