Marlyse Debergh

Marlyse Debergh

Teaching assistant and PhD candidate (She/ Her)

+41 379 95 86

I am a PhD candidate and teaching assistant since 2016. I am working under the co-supervision of Prof. Claudine Burton-Jeangros (University of Geneva), and Prof. Véronique Mottier (University of Lausanne, and Jesus College, University of Cambridge, UK).

What does sexual health signify? My research aims at questioning this international notion, by analysing how sexual health is put into practice in two sexual health institutions, located in the Western part of Switzerland.

The first institution is a sexual health centre for the general public (previously known as "family planning clinic"). The second institution is a sexual health centre for men who have sex with men (MSM).

Based on a comparative ethnography, I gather and analyse different types of qualitative data :

  • Multi-sited ethnographic observations of sexual health consultations
  • In-depth interviews with health professionals (physicians, nurses, and sexual health counsellors), and patients (N=30)
  • Various institutional documents (medical protocols, information booklets, archives)

My research interests include health and medical sociology, ethnography, and gender and feminist studies.


Scientific Articles

Debergh, Marlyse. 2020. « Négocier pour accéder au terrain et conduire l'enquête – Une analyse comparative de processus contrastés entre deux institutions de santé sexuelle de Suisse romande ». Revue Cambouis.  [Accepted. To be published in Automn 2020].

Debergh, Marlyse. 2020. « Adam Adeline, Duplan Karine, Gallot Fanny, Gonzalez-Quijano Lola, Roucoux Guillaume, et Valzema Marie-Sherley (Eds): La production de la santé sexuelle (Cahiers du Genre, vol.1, n°60)) ». [Book Review]. Nouvelles Questions Féministes, vol. 1, n°39. 

Debergh, Marlyse. 2019. « Sara R. Farris : In the Name of Women’s rights. The Rise of Femonationalism (Duke University Press, 207) ».[Book Review]. Cahiers du Genre, vol. 1, n°66.  


International Conferences

Sept. 2019. Debergh, Marlyse & Torrent Sophie.« Les ignorances ignorées de l’éducation à la santé sexuelle. Colloque Ignorance, pouvoir et santé. La production des savoirs médicaux au prisme des rapports de domination. Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, France.

May 2019. Debergh, Marlyse.« On Being Affected in Ethnography ». ATGENDER Spring Conference 2019 (European Association for Gender Research, Education and Documentation): Feminist Teaching Through Emotions, Feelings and Affects. University of Oviedo, Gijon, Espagne.

Dec. 2018. Debergh, Marlyse. « « It is my role as a sexual health professional to raise this question : Do you have a method of contraception ? » - A Sociological Reflexion on the Biomedicalization of Women ». International Conference on Gender Studies : Gender (Mis)reprensentation. University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

June 2018. Debergh, Marlyse.« Intersectionality in Health Inequalities Research : from an Ethnographic Tool to an Epistemological Reflexion ». 17th ESHMS  Biennal Conference (European Society for Health and Medical Sociology). Université of Lisboa, Portugal.

April 2018. Debergh, Marlyse. « Négociations contrastées auprès d’un centre de santé sexuelle et d’un centre de santé communautaire de Suisse romande ».Ateliers Lausannois d’Ethnographie (ALE). Université de Lausanne (UNIL), Suisse.


Organisation Of Conferences

Oct. 2020. Queer Feminist Approaches to Social Reproduction in the Environmental Crisis. University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. Co-organised with Carolina Topini (UNIGE), Elisabeth Sandler (University of Cambridge), and Aideen O'Shaugnessy (University of Cambridge).

Jan. 2020. Analyse et Ecriture en Ethnographie, Programme Doctoral Romand en Sociologie (PDRS).Montreux, Suisse. Co-organised with Mélody Pralong (UNIL) and Marie Sautier (UNIL).

April 2018. Gouverner les Sexualités: Construction Historique et Enjeux Contemporains, PDRS. Morges, Suisse. Co-organised with Anne-Sophie Crosetti (Université Libre de Bruxelles).

March 2018. La Politique des Ventres. Journée d'Etude Transdicplinaire Autour de la Gestion des Corps Reproducteurs. Genève, Suisse. Co-organised with Camille Bajeux (UNIGE), Solène Gouilhers (UNIGE), and Blaise Suva (Groupe *Trans 360, Genève).


Membership Of Scientific Journal

Since 2019. Member of the editorial board of the Swiss and French journal Nouvelles Questions Féministes.


Public Outreach

Debergh, Marlyse. 2020. A Brief History of the Swiss Feminist Strike. ReproSoc Blog. University of Cambridge.

Debergh, Marlyse. 2019. To Study the Production of Ignorance. ReproSoc Blog.  University of Cambridge.