Dr. phil. Loretta Seglias

RESEARCH PROFILE

RESEARCH FOCI

  • Contemporary history
  • Swiss Social History, 19th – 21st century
  • History of compulsory social measures and forced fostering
  • History of Psychiatry
  • Processes of historical inquiries
  • Oral History

 

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

Selected Publications

(ed., together with the Independent Expert Commission (IEC) on Administrative Detention) 10 volume series of the results of the IEC, published between March and September 2019, Zurich: Chronos Verlag, 2019.

 

(ed., together with Marco Leuenberger) Geprägt fürs Leben. Lebenswelten fremdplatzierter Kinder in der Schweiz im 20. Jahrhundert, Zurich: Chronos Verlag, 2015.

 

Die Schwabengänger aus Graubünden, Saisonale Kinderemigration nach Oberschwaben. Quellen und Forschungen zur Bündner Geschichte (volume 13), Chur: Desertina Verlag, 2004/20072.

Curriculum Vitae

 

Academic degrees and further education
2017–2018 Diploma course in Non-Profit Management, EB Zurich, Switzerland
2013 Doctoral degree in Modern History, Faculty of Humanities, University of Basel, Switzerland
2002

Licentiate (Master), Faculty of Humanities, University of Zurich, Switzerland, Major: General History, First Minor: Social and Economic History, Second Minor: International Relations

                                                                                               

Research experience
since 2020  Research Fellow, Departement of History, Liechtenstein Institute, Bendern, Liechtenstein
2020–2021 Research Mandate: «Supply, treat, care. History of psychiatry in Grison», Departement of History, University of Basel, Switzerland
2018–2020 Research Mandate: Historical analysis, in: «Integration, autonomy and participation: How do children and parents experience proceedings of child protection authorities?» (NFP 76), FHNW Basel
2015–2019 Member and research director of the Independent Expert Commission (IEC) on Administrative Detention, commissioned by the Swiss Government
2014/2006 Lecturer at the Departement of History, University of Basel, Switzerland
2014–2018 Research Mandate: «350 Jahre Bürgerliches Waisenhaus Basel», Fokus AG Zurich, Switzerland
2012–2013

Research Mandate: «Behind walls». Welfare and constraint in ecclesiastical reformatories of the Canton of Lucerne, Catholic State Church Lucerne, Switzerland

2010–2013  Co-Principal Investigator (Dissertation project, together with Marco Leuenberger): «Shaped for life». The system of contracting-children in Switzerland during the 19th and 20th century, Departement of history, University of Basel, Switzerland (funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation)
2008–2010 Co-Principal Project Leader: «Contract children in the Canton of Berne», Departement of Sociology, University of Basel, Switzerland
2005–2008 Co-Principal Project Leader: «Contract children, Schwabengänger, Spazzacamini and other forms of placing children in care and child labour in Switzerland during the 19th and 20th century; a oral-history project, Departement of History and Departement of Sociology, University of Basel, Switzerland
2004–2012 Archivist: Dokumentationsstelle Oberer Zürichsee (Archive on the history of Wädenswil and the lake communities), Wädenswil, Switzerland
2003–2004 Research Mandate: «Womens and Gender History of the Canton of Grison», Frauenkulturarchiv Graubünden, Chur, Switzerland

                                                                                       

Career-related activities
2020–2022 Advisory board to the research project «Integration, autonomy and participation: How do children and parents experience proceedings of child protection authorities?» (NFP 76), University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, Basel
2014–2019 Member of the Independent Expert Commission (IEC) on Administrative Detention on behalf of the Swiss Government
2017–2018 Advisory board to the research project «Fürsorgerische Zwangsmassnahmen im Kanton Zürich» on behalf of the government of the canton of Zurich
2013–2015 Member of the round Table «Compulsory social measures and forced fostering» on behalf of the Federal Office of Justice, Switzerland
since 2012 Consulting member of the Swiss Parliamentary Work Group «Compulsory social measures and forced fostering»
2011–2013 Advisory board to the research project «Topics, which moved institutional education» (Association of Social Pedagogy and Special Education, Integras, Zurich)
2008–2010 Advisory board to the nation-wide exibition «stolen childhood – contract children report» (Häusler/Weidmann, Zurich)

 

Other activities

since 2018 President of the association «Verein Freundeskreis Staatsarchiv Zürich»
2013 Co-author of the «Empfehlungen für eine wissenschaftliche Aufarbeitung fürsorgerischer Zwangsmassnahmen und Fremdplatzierungen», Federal Office of Justice, Switzerland
2011 Co-initiator of the national network «forced fostering and compulsory social measures»
2010–2017 Member of the Youth Commission, City of Wädenswil
2009 Concept and realisation of the regional window «Graubünden», touring exhibition: «Enfances volées - Verdingkinder reden», Rätisches Museum, Chur
various years lectures, courses and moderations on social history topics

 

Other
Languages German (mother tongue), English, French, Romansh
  Member of various historical societies