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Mrs Laura Jung

Post:Doctoral Tutor (International Relations)
Other posts:Research student (International Relations)
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I am a PhD candidate in international relations. My doctoral research is located at the intersection of queer/feminist international and political theory, critical disability studies, history, and sociology, and investigates imbrications of psychiatry, subjectivity, and sovereignty. Tracing the history of the trauma diagnosis in modern German states from 1870 to the present, I investigate how different diagnostic and treatment approaches functioned to cohere the nation by constructing certain groups of subjects as threats and exposing them to violent forms of treatment, heightened precarity, and death. Based on queer and poststructuralist theories of sovereignty and accounts of psychiatric power informed by scholarship from critical disability studies and global politics of medicine, I develop the concept of ‘psychiatric statecraft’ to illuminate processes in which psychiatric expertise, management and intervention crafts ‘the people’.

My doctoral research is funded by studentships from the SeNSS ESRC DTP and the Sussex School of Law, Politics and Sociology. 


Doctoral Tutor

Member of the Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research (SCSR)

Editor at Sentio Journal:


BA (Hons) History and Sociology, Goldsmiths

MA Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin


Paper: "Caring for the Human, Crafting the State - the Hysteria Diagnosis in Germany, 1916-1920"

Presented at the NORA Conference, University of Iceland, May 2019


Paper: Feeble-Minded, Perverse, Hysteric: German State(s) and Psychiatry"

Presented at the Doing IPS Seminar Series, King's College London, March 2019


Paper: "Caring for the Human, Crafting the State: An Analysis of the Treatment of ‘Failed Soldiers’ in late Wilhelmine and early Weimar Germany"

Presented at BISA Historical Sociology PhD Workshop, University of Sussex, December 2018


Paper: "Queering Anarchy - Reading Fragmented Bodies and Ludic Time in Hobbesian States of Nature"

Presented at the Cambridge Graduate Political Thought and Intellectual History Conference, May 2016