Julie Sascia Mewes

Julie Sascia Mewes
Ruhr-Universität Bochum | RUB · Sektion Sozialpsychologie und Sozialanthropologie

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Introduction
Julie Sascia Mewes is a social anthropologist working on the intersection between science and technology studies, health and work studies with a particular interest in ethnographic methods and the sociotechnologies and temporalities of work routines.
Additional affiliations
September 2021 - July 2022
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Position
  • PostDoc Position
December 2019 - July 2021
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Matters of Sleep - Sleep devices in the everyday life of Norwegian hospital staff
December 2019 - November 2020
University of Oslo
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • Matters of Sleep - Sleep devices in the everyday life of Norwegian hospital staff
Education
August 2012 - June 2019
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Field of study
  • Europäische Ethnologie (Social Anthropology)
October 2009 - April 2012
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Field of study
  • Europäische Ethnologie (Social Anthropology)
April 2005 - April 2009
Europa-Universität Viadrina
Field of study
  • Kulturwissenschaften (Cultural Studies)

Publications

Publications (35)
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Psychiatrische Ergotherapie orientiert sich an der Frage, wie die Handlungsfähigkeit psychisch erkrankter und stationär untergebrachter Menschen im Alltag wiederhergestellt werden kann. Dabei fußt sie allerdings auf einem kaum explizierten und untertheoretisierten Alltagsverständnis. Julie Sascia Mewes' ethnografische Studie analysiert, welche impl...
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Methods have been recognised in STS as mattering for a long time. STS ethnographies establish a boundary object with which STS scholars weave a pattern: From such ethnographic accounts we learn that knowledge is produced locally. Ethnography has over the recent decades been highlighted as a key method in STS. And that STS ethnography is specificall...
Conference Paper
This paper explores the potential of enacting care through methodography, an emerging genre of writing about reflexive methods, specifically within and about STS ethnography. We think of methodography as a genre shaped by scholars who reflexively attend to their own or other social scientists’ research practices (Ashmore 1989; Greiffenhagen et al....
Conference Paper
Apart from being a space for doing STS research, the RUSTlab (Ruhr University Science and Technology Studies lab) is also a laboratory for experimenting with modes of building caring relations (cf. Mol 2008, Mol et al. 2015, Puig de la Bellacasa 2017) in academia. A core device for driving this experiment is a document we call “lab coding” to empha...
Conference Paper
The recently constituted association stsing offers scholars a new platform to do STS in and through Germany (therefore the wording stsing). Specific about this platform is its creative and open understanding of collaboration on the one hand and critical reflection of national, international, institutional, and intergenerational challenges of STS re...
Presentation
Please also check out Andreas' comment on this public lecture: https://rustlab.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/comment-on-mewes-lippert-data-methods-and-writing-methodographies-of-sts-ethnographic-collaboration-in-practice/
Conference Paper
while its work environment demands a high level of concentration, rapid decision-making, and empathy. Nurses and MDs working night and day shifts above the Arctic Circle in Norway are additionally challenged by extreme circadian changes during the polar night and midnight sun periods. These specific work and environmental conditions lead to the ass...
Conference Paper
Hospital staff belongs to a high-risk group suffering from sleep deprivation and sleep disorders while, simultaneously its work environment demands a high level of concentration, rapid decision-making, and empathy. Nurses and MDs working night shifts above the Arctic Circle are additionally challenged by extreme circadian changes during the polar n...
Presentation
Comment by Ruth: https://rustlab.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/comment-mewes-temporalities-of-sleep-sleep-shift-work-and-absence-of-a-natural-sleep-cycle/
Chapter
Psychiatrische Ergotherapie orientiert sich an der Frage, wie die Handlungsfähigkeit psychisch erkrankter und stationär untergebrachter Menschen im Alltag wiederhergestellt werden kann. Dabei fußt sie allerdings auf einem kaum explizierten und untertheoretisierten Alltagsverständnis. Julie Sascia Mewes' ethnografische Studie analysiert, welche impl...
Chapter
Psychiatrische Ergotherapie orientiert sich an der Frage, wie die Handlungsfähigkeit psychisch erkrankter und stationär untergebrachter Menschen im Alltag wiederhergestellt werden kann. Dabei fußt sie allerdings auf einem kaum explizierten und untertheoretisierten Alltagsverständnis. Julie Sascia Mewes' ethnografische Studie analysiert, welche impl...
Chapter
Psychiatrische Ergotherapie orientiert sich an der Frage, wie die Handlungsfähigkeit psychisch erkrankter und stationär untergebrachter Menschen im Alltag wiederhergestellt werden kann. Dabei fußt sie allerdings auf einem kaum explizierten und untertheoretisierten Alltagsverständnis. Julie Sascia Mewes' ethnografische Studie analysiert, welche impl...
Chapter
Psychiatrische Ergotherapie orientiert sich an der Frage, wie die Handlungsfähigkeit psychisch erkrankter und stationär untergebrachter Menschen im Alltag wiederhergestellt werden kann. Dabei fußt sie allerdings auf einem kaum explizierten und untertheoretisierten Alltagsverständnis. Julie Sascia Mewes' ethnografische Studie analysiert, welche impl...
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Psychiatrische Ergotherapie orientiert sich an der Frage, wie die Handlungsfähigkeit psychisch erkrankter und stationär untergebrachter Menschen im Alltag wiederhergestellt werden kann. Dabei fußt sie allerdings auf einem kaum explizierten und untertheoretisierten Alltagsverständnis. Julie Sascia Mewes' ethnografische Studie analysiert, welche impl...
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Psychiatrische Ergotherapie orientiert sich an der Frage, wie die Handlungsfähigkeit psychisch erkrankter und stationär untergebrachter Menschen im Alltag wiederhergestellt werden kann. Dabei fußt sie allerdings auf einem kaum explizierten und untertheoretisierten Alltagsverständnis. Julie Sascia Mewes' ethnografische Studie analysiert, welche impl...
Chapter
Psychiatrische Ergotherapie orientiert sich an der Frage, wie die Handlungsfähigkeit psychisch erkrankter und stationär untergebrachter Menschen im Alltag wiederhergestellt werden kann. Dabei fußt sie allerdings auf einem kaum explizierten und untertheoretisierten Alltagsverständnis. Julie Sascia Mewes' ethnografische Studie analysiert, welche impl...
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Psychiatrische Ergotherapie orientiert sich an der Frage, wie die Handlungsfähigkeit psychisch erkrankter und stationär untergebrachter Menschen im Alltag wiederhergestellt werden kann. Dabei fußt sie allerdings auf einem kaum explizierten und untertheoretisierten Alltagsverständnis. Julie Sascia Mewes' ethnografische Studie analysiert, welche impl...
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Psychiatrische Ergotherapie orientiert sich an der Frage, wie die Handlungsfähigkeit psychisch erkrankter und stationär untergebrachter Menschen im Alltag wiederhergestellt werden kann. Dabei fußt sie allerdings auf einem kaum explizierten und untertheoretisierten Alltagsverständnis. Julie Sascia Mewes' ethnografische Studie analysiert, welche impl...
Research
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STS scholars frequently engage in collaborative research, as groups of STS scholars as much as in collaborations with colleagues in other fields or non-academics. This SI explores how ethnographic data is generated and transformed for STS analysis in a range of such collaborative contexts. The special issues (SI) aims to lead beyond reflexivity acc...
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The workshop focuses on the methods of participant observation and collaboration in and around the field in STS ethnography. By that, we seek to strengthen the capacity for methodography, the empirical study of research methods in practice. Prior to the workshop participants share draft articles on the workshop theme. These are discussed throughout...
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In this paper, three qualitative researchers with different professional backgrounds in social anthropology, and occupational therapy and occupational science present their methodological and theoretical standpoints and resultant analytical approaches on a single set of ethnographic data – an event occurring in an in-patient psychiatric unit. In do...
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Objects are central to all of our means of social interaction. Over the past decades Science and Technology Studies have been virtuous in developing methods for studying objects from a social science perspective. The literature often presents results pointing to the social lives of objects along with conceptual discussions of objects and materialit...
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Möchte die Forscherin oder der Forscher Meinungen, Erfahrungen, Einstellungen, Werte oder Ähnliches erforschen, so muss ein qualitativer Forschungsansatz gewählt werden. In diesem Kapitel werden qualitative Methoden und Datenerhebungsinstrumente vorgestellt und diskutiert, die häufig in den Gesundheitswissenschaften angewandt werden. Zusätzlich wer...
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Objective: The article examines how voice-hearing as an (in)direct experience can become a subject of ethnographic observation. Methods: An ethnographic participant observation was conducted over a five-month period of time in two "Trialogue" self-help groups organized by the "Netzwerk Stimmenhören", an NGO based in Berlin, Germany. Additionally...

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The study “everyday life workshop enskillment practices of doing the everyday” deals with concepts of the definition and abilities of everyday life and is based on a twelve months long participant observation within German psychiatric occupational therapy. Following the introduction selected currents in the historical development of psychiatric occupational therapy are described. Despite its focus on the development in Germany, it becomes clear that sketching a 'German occupational therapy' makes little sense since it has always been a genuinely international and interdisciplinary professional field. In the historical outline the French moral treatment, the British arts and crafts movement and the US habit training are defined as major milestones in the development of (German) occupational therapy as a profession. In addition, the parallel developments in medicine, the so-called active treatment of psychiatrist Hermann Simon and the institutionalization of occupational therapy in Germany after 1945 are summarized. A special focus is put on the respective social and political backgrounds of the respective era s and the impact on the conceptions of everyday life and the resulting therapeutic concepts. My research categories "routine s", "materiality" and "productivity" are thereby conceptualized as essential for the "everyday life" of occupational therapy. The possibilities and limitations of "everyday life" and its practices as research categories should raise the question of what it means for "everyday life" when it is understood as bound to abilities. The best way to approach the question of "everyday skills" is through a practice oriented ethnographic study. In the first empirical chapter I deal with "routines" as the central analy tical category for researching "everyday enskillment practices" in psychiatric occupational therapy. Routinization, which in part can be characterized with temporal spatial normalization in this context, is a central aspect of in patient psychiatric treatment approaches. However, psychiatry also offers other routines than dominating the private lives of users and are rarely explicitly mentioned in occupational therapy. In addition, I ask the question of the learnability of routines, especially during the short average length of the users’ stay at the ward and raise the problem of the transferability of routines from the clinic into daily life. For this purpose, routines are understood as structuring and relieving automatisms promoting practices whose location, temporality and limits are examined in more detail. The second empirical chapter is devoted to the second analytical research category "materiality". Objects are of central importance for occupational therapy both as a therapeutic agent (tool) and as a therapeutic goal (in the sense of a product). Therefore, I try to understand the practices of "everyday enskillment" in psychiatric occupational therapy from the used and manufactured objects. Here I can build on a diverse and well founded ethnological social anthropological discourse for which "materiality" has always been an important research topic. The third empirical chapter is concerned with the specific understanding of "productivity" as an analyt ical category for the research of everyday enskillment in occupational therapy. For this I draw upon the specifics of occupational therapeutic tinkering, which aims to lead the users to a more autonomous everyday life through socio material improvisations, referring to a specific understanding of the “everyday” and the associated "productivity". In summary, abilities related to the “everyday” for users are less influenced by their individual psychiatric conditions but by the norms and values of society and closely related to the concepts of productivity and routines and intertwined with the socio materiality of the therapeutic process within psychiatric occupational therapy.
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The study aims to further the understanding of the usage of devices for sleep enhancement under extreme work conditions and seasonal variations of light/dark exposure and its implications for hospital staff and other shift workers applying ethnographic methods. Hospital staff belongs to a high-risk group suffering from sleep deprivation and sleep disorders while at the same time its work environment demands a high level of concentration, rapid decision-making, and empathy. Nurses and MDs working night shifts above the Arctic Circle are additionally challenged by extreme circadian changes during the polar night and midnight sun periods. These specific work conditions lead to the assumption that Nordic hospital staff is particularly challenged when trying to manage a healthy day-night rhythm. What is considered optimal sleep? How are sleep devices used by this group to enable or support it? The study, operating on the intersection of Science and Technology Studies and Health Studies, aims to advance the knowledge of how sleep devices support and/or prevent sleep and its possible indications in the development of novel approaches on how to enhance sleep under extreme work conditions and/or seasonal variations. Further knowledge on these ‘matters of sleep’ can serve as an impetus for understanding the conditions of shift workers’ distorted sleep patterns elsewhere as well as for a broader understanding of the subjective meanings of sleep for this group and its related day-to-day practices. key words: sleep, shift work, sleep devices, Polar nights/midnight sun, hospital staff, ethnography, STS
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Wenn es um nachhaltige Ernährung geht, schieben sich Ökobilanzen in den Vordergrund, statt Esslust und Appetit. Die Herausforderung scheint darin zu liegen, sinnliches Begehren durch Vernunft und Regeln zu zähmen. Muss das so sein? Kann man nicht mit der Lust am Essen selbst experimentieren und gestalterisch arbeiten? Schließlich ist Geschmack eine hoch komplexe Angelegenheit und was beim Essen passiert, hängt davon ab, in welchem Kontext wir essen und was wir erwarten und gewohnt sind. Was da genau abläuft, darüber wissen wir noch wenig. Um das zu erkunden, machen sich zwei Fachgebiete, Politiksoziologie und Ernährungsbildung, gemeinsam mit 20 AmateurforscherInnen an die Arbeit. Im Schmeck!-Projekt erforschen wir, wie Essen in verschiedenen Situationen praktisch vollzogen wird und was dabei erlebt wird. Was erwarten Menschen vom Essen, was nehmen sie sinnlich wahr und was haben sie davon? Und wie könnte sich das verändern? In sensorisch-ethnografischen Beobachtungen in Alltagssituationen fokussieren wir auf die subjektive Erfahrung und die Kommunikation von Geschmackserlebnissen. Davon ausgehend entwickeln und erproben wir Ansätze für Experimente, in denen Essroutinen und Geschmackserwartungen auf die Probe gestellt und produktiv irritiert werden. Hier kommen sowohl standardisierte wissenschaftliche wie auch offene künstlerische Ansätze zum Einsatz. Anschließend untersuchen wir, wie Esspraktiken durch experimentelle Interventionen in Bewegung geraten. Das Ziel ist es, Spielräume für die kreative Gestaltung von Esssituationen auszuloten, neue Geschmackswahrnehmungen zu entwickeln und ästhetische Pfadabhängigkeiten zu überwinden. Neben wissenschaftlichen Aufsätzen, Vorträgen, einem Symposium usw. erstellen wir „ein etwas anderes Kochbuch“. Als allgemeinere Frage im Hintergrund befassen wir uns damit, welche Rolle sinnliche Wahrnehmung und Ästhetik für nachhaltige Entwicklung besitzen und wie entsprechende Governanceansätze aussehen könnten. https://www.sp.tu-berlin.de/menue/forschung/schmeck/