Selina Bentsch

PhD Student

Research Assistant (chair: Opitz)

Early Modern

Department of History

Kanonengasse 27

4051 Basel

Office 301


A female perspective on aging: The diaries of Anna Maria Preiswerk-Iselin (1758-1840) as resource for cognition and coping with age, disease, pain and death in the 1800s.


01/2020-07/2020: Teaching assignment (Seminar Co-teaching) at the Department of History, University of Basel

Since 10/2019: Research assistant and SNF scholarship holder (as part of a research project by Prof. Opitz)

Since 08/2018: PhD student in Early Modern History at University of Basel

08/2016-07/2018: Master of Arts in History (Major) and English at University of Basel

Master's Thesis: "Who was I? What was I? Whence did I come? What was my destinaion?" Notions of Body and Soul in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and in society around 1800.

08/2013-07/2016: Bachelor of Arts in History and English Linguistics & Literature at University of Basel

2012: Diploma ("Abitur" certificate) at Kant Gymnasiusm, in Weil am Rhein (Germany)


Sattelzeit (1750-1850)

Gender history

History of age / aging

18th and 19th century (female) ego-documents

18th and 19th century history of knowledge and illness


Die Leiden der Anna Catharina Gernler-Bischoff und ihre Behandlung. In: Hotz, Gerhard / Opitz-Belakhal, Claudia (Hgs.): Anna Catharina Bischoff. Die Mumie aus der Barfüsserkirche. Rekonstruktion einer Basler Frauenbiografie des 18. Jahrhunderts. [Pending - Estimated publication in October 2021].

Conference proceedings for the annual meeting of AK Geschlechtergeschichte der Frühen Neuzeit "Übergänge" (24-26th October 2019). In: H-Soz-Kult. Pending. All reports: < >

"'Wer war ich? Was war ich? Woher stammte ich? Wohin sollte ich gehen?' Vorstellungen von Körper und Seele in Mary Shelleys Frankenstein und in der Gesellschaft um 1800." Unpublished Master's Thesis. Basel 2018.



"Grumpy Granny? Shifts of sociability in the diaries of Anna Maria Preiswerk-Iselin (1758-1840)." Presentation at the research colloquium on Early Modern History of the University of Basel. Basel 10th March 2021.

"A female perspective on aging in the 1800s. The diaries of Anna Maria Preiswerk-Iselin." Presentation during the lecture series "Alt werden und alt sein - von der Urgeschichte bis heute." at University of Basel's Department of History. Basel 10th November 2020.

"Sexually transmitted disease and/or female disorder? Discourses of Syphilis and Prostitution during late 18th and 19th century." Presentation at the Doctoral Workshop of the School of History at the Queen Mary University of London and the Basel Graduate School of History. Basel 3rd May 2019.

"Geschlechtskrankheit und/oder Frauenkrankheit? Syphilis-Diskurse und Prostitution im ausgehenden 18. und im 19. Jahrhundert." Presentation at the Research Colloquium of Gender History. Basel 12th April 2019.


Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Geschichte (SGG)

Verein Basler Geschichte (VBG)

AlumniGeschichte Basel