Research Focus


  • History of health policies and public health in the 19th century
  • History of international health policies in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • Discursive and social conditions of health prevention in the age of multimedia knowledge society (using the example of the HVP vaccine - Michel Foucault's discourse theory and discourse analysis
  • History of knowledge and discourse

Short Resume


  • 2001 - 2007: Studies in Political Science at the Otto-Suhr-Institute, Free University of Berlin 
  • 2009 - 2013: PhD at the Otto-Suhr-Institut (under Prof. Dr. Kerchner, Prof. Dr Matthias Bohlender), Free University of Berlin, University of Osnabrück.
  • 2009 - 2013: PhD scholarship from the Hans Böckler Foundation
  • October 2013-present: Researcher at the Institute for Ethics and the History of Medicine, University of Tübingen, in the sub-project "Scientific Evidence and Prevention Decisions in the Digital Age: The HPV Vaccination" within the Forschungsverbund (English: Joint Research Association): "Prevention Decisions: The interaction of science, the general public and policy in the establishment and implementation of government prevention programs for children and adolescents")

Contact Information

Irene Lena Poczka
Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen
Institute for Ethics and the History of Medicine
Goethestr. 6
72076 Tübingen
Office: +49 7071 2976010
Cell: +49 179 5152680
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