Ruth Amstutz, MA
PhD Candidate SNF-Sinergia Project of Prof. Marianne Sommer
T +41 41 229 56 14
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Ruth Amstutz studied Visual Communication at the Berne University of the Arts and at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig. Thereafter she worked as a graphic designer and project leader until 2015. In 2013 her work on the conception and design of Reportagen (a magazine for literary long-form journalism) was awarded with the Design Prize Switzerland. From 2013 Ruth Amstutz studied Philosophy and Cultural Studies at the Universities of Lucerne and Zurich and at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Between 2017 and 2019 she worked as a research assistant at the Chair of Cultural Studies and as a tutor at the departments of Philosophy and Cultural and Science Studies at the University of Lucerne. In 2019 she obtained her masters degree, summa cum laude. Her master thesis on the uptake, reproduction and transformation of concepts of race in the visual strategies of the booming genetic-genealogic industry of the 2010’s laid the foundation for her dissertation project. Since 2019 she has been working as a research assistant in the SNF Sinergia Project «In the Shadow of the Tree: The Diagrammatics of Relatedness as Scientific, Scholarly, and Popular Practice». Her doctoral thesis studies diagrammatic representations and metaphors of mixedness and multiplicity in publications in the fields of human population genetics and critical race theory in the past twenty years, focusing on the (re)production of notions of human identity, difference, and diversity.