Room: RGN 3245B
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 8435
Work E-mail: thomas.foth@uOttawa.ca
Thomas Foth is an assistant professor at the School of Nursing in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. He has worked on many research projects in the fields of interdisciplinary cooperation between nurses and physicians, nursing professionalization processes in Germany as well as psychiatry in that country. As a nurse, he has worked in different areas of the profession. He taught at a nursing school in Germany before he came to Canada. His doctoral research project explores the participation of nurses in the killing of more than 200,000 sick persons during the Nazi regime. He received financial support fromRobert Bosch Stiftung, a foundation in Germany, and the AMS Nursing History Research Unit at the University of Ottawa.
Foth’s fields of interest include history of nursing, critical theory of nursing action, nursing theories, philosophy of science, ethics, care provided to marginalized populations, technologies and nursing, power relationships between health care professionals and patients as well as gender. Most of his work is based on the discourse analytical approach, oriented on the works of Michel Foucault, queer theorists and postcolonial studies. He also uses approaches from actor-network theories and the “newer” critical theory in Germany.
- Nursing history and discourse analysis
- Actor-network theory
- Subjectification processes and nursing
- Critical theory and “Frankfurt School”
- Queer theories and postcolonial theories
Professor Foth and University of Montreal Professor Annette Leibing are the co-principal investigators of Situated Prevention: A transcultural study on the “new dementia”, which has received a SSHRC Insight grant that is funded from 2018 to 2023.
- Foth, T., Caring and Killing: Nursing and Psychiatric Practice in Germany, 1931-1943, Göttingen, V&R unipress, University of Osnabrück, 2013, 279 pages.
- Block, K., Foth, T., Stamer M., Schmacke, N., Allgemeinmedizin und Pflege in der ambulanten Versorgung: Der weite Weg zur Kooperation [Nurses and General Practitioners in Homecare: The Long Journey toward Cooperation ], Weinheim und Basel, Beltz Juventa, 2012, 225 pages.
- Foth, T., Holmes, D.; Hülsken-Giessler, M.; Kreutzer, S.; Remmers, H. Critical Approaches in Nursing Theory and Nursing Research: Implications for Nursing Practice, Göttingen (2017) (January 2017), V&R unipress, University of Osnabrück, 2016, 290 pages – open access: http://www.v-r.de/_uploads_media/files/eb_9783737005128_094217.pdf .
- Holmes, D., Murray, S. Foth, T. RadSex: Assembling Desiring-Machines. Routledge, New York (September 2017).
Chapters in books
- Foth, T. (in press). “Governing Dementia Through Prevention – Lifestyle and the Health Field Concept.” Leining, A., Schicktanz, S. Preventing Dementia? Critical Perspectives on a New Paradigm of Preparing for Old Age. Berghahn (2019)
- Lange, J.; Foth, T.; Kreutzer, S. (in press). „Der Pflegeprozess als Accountingtechnologie – Eine historische Analyse [The Nursing Process as Accounting Technology – A Historical Analysis].” Hülsken-Giesler, M.; Kreutzer, S.; Düttholm, N. (eds.) Neue Technologien in der Pfelge – Grundlegende Reflexionen und pragmatische Befunde [New Technologies in nursing – Fundamental Reflections and Pragmatic Indications], Göttingen, V&R unipress, University of Osnabrück, (2019)
- Foth, T.; Holmes, D. (reprint, in press). “Governing Through Lifestyle – The Lalonde Report and the Biopolitical Management of Public Health in Canada,” Hülsken-Giesler, M.; Kreutzer, S.; Dütthorn, N. (Eds). Neue Technologien in der Pflege – Grundlegende Reflexionen und pragmatische Befunde [New Technologies in nursing – Fundamental Reflections and Pragmatic Indications], Göttingen, V&R unipress, University of Osnabrück, (2019)
- Stuart, M.; Holmes, D.; Foth, T., “RadSex in Theory and in Practice.” Holmes, D.; Murray, S.; Foth, T. RadSex: Assembling Desiring-Machines. Routledge, New York, Routledge, 2017, 1-23.
- Foth, T., McWatters, C.S., Lange J., Connell, M. Treating Through Threat and Fear – Nurses and the Fever Unit at the Ontario Hospital, Toronto 1940 – 1951. Hähner-Rombach, S. and Nolte K., History of Social Practice of Psychiatric Nursing and the Patients’ Situation in Psychiatric Facilities. Stuttgart, Franz Steiner Verlag (invited contribution), 2017, 153-182.
- Foth, T., Lauzier, K., Antweiler, K. (2017), The Limits of a Theory of Recognition : Toward a Nusing Ethics of Vulnerability. Foth, T., Holmes, D.; Hülsken-Giessler, M.; Kreutzer, S.; Remmers, H. (Eds.) Critical Approaches in Nursing Theory and Nursing Research: Implications for Nursing Practice, Göttingen, V&R unipress, University of Osnabrück, 2017, 113-132.
- Foth, T., Remmers, Holmes D., H, Kreutzer, S, Hülsken-Giesler, M. (2017), “Introduction: Critical Approaches in Nursing Theory and Nursing Research”, Foth, T., Holmes, D.; Hülsken-Giessler, M.; Kreutzer, S.; Remmers, H. (Eds.) Critical Approaches in Nursing Theory and Nursing Research: Implications for Nursing Practice, Göttingen, V&R unipress, University of Osnabrück, 2017, 9-32.
- Foth, T., "Shock Therapies as Intensification of the War against Madness in Hamburg, Germany: 1930 – 1943", Power and the Psychiatric Apparatus. Repression, Transformation and Assistance, Holmes, D., Jacob, J. D., Perron, A., Surrey and Burlington, Ashgate, 2014, 267-287.
- Shields, L., Foth, T., "Setting the Scene", Nurses and Midwives in Nazi Germany: the Nazi 'Euthanasia' Program, Benedict, S., Shields, L., New York and London, Routledge, 2014, 1-13.
- Foth, T.; Kuhla, J.; Benedict, S., "Nursing during National Socialsim", Nurses and Midwifes in Nazi Germany: The Nazi 'Euthanasia' Program, Shields, L.; Benedict, S., New York and London, Routledge, 2014, 27-48.
- Foth, T., "Changing Perspectives: From the ‘Euthanasia Killings' to the ‘Killings of Sick Persons'", Nurses and Midwives in Nazi Germany: the Nazi 'Euthanasia' Program, Benedict, S., Shields, L. (Eds.), New York and London, Routledge, 2014, 218-242.
- Foth, T., "Wie Menschen unsichtbar werden. Pflegeaufzeichnungen und die Produktion von 'nacktem Leben'", Krankenpflege im Nationalsozialismus, Ulmer, E. M. (Ed.), Fankfurt am Main, Mabuse, 2013.
- Foth, T. & Holmes, D., «Gestion biopolitique d'une population captive», PAC La biopolitique outre-atlantique après Foucault, Risse, D., Kiefer, A. (Eds.), Harmattan, 2012, 160-168.
- Darmann-Finck, I. & Foth, T., "Bildungsforschung, Qualifikationsforschung und Sozialisationsforschung in der Pflege [Educational research and research of qualification and socialization in nursing]", Handbuch Pflegewissenschaft, Schaeffer, D. & Wingenfeld, K. (Eds.), Weinheim, Juventa, 2011, 165-182.
- Foth, T. Regieren durch Akten, "Die Funktion von PatientInnenakten bei den Krankenmorden während des NS-Faschismus. [Governing through documents. The function of the medical records in the killing of sick persons during the NS-regime]", Strukturentstehung durch Verflechtung, Akteur-Netzwerk-Theorie(n) und Automatismen, Conradi, T., Derwanz, H., Muhle, F. (Eds.), München, Wilhelm Fink, 2011, 219-235.
Papers in refereed journals
- Jacob, JD; Foth, T. (accepted). “Conflicting interests: Critiquing the place of “institutional reputation” in research ethics reviews,” Aporia (2019)
- Nazon, E.; Perron, A.; Foth, T. “Rethinking the social role of nursing through the work of Donzelot and Foucault,” (2019) Witness: The Canadian Journal of Critical Nursing Discourse, 1(1), 49-58. Retrieved from https://witness.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/default/article/view/23
- Nazon, E.; Foth, T.; Perron, A. (accepted) « La charité: un idéal au cœur des soins infirmiers, » Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin canadien d’histoire de la médecine (2019).
- Skinner, E.; Wright, D.K.; Jacob, J.D.; Vanderspank-Wright, B.; Foth, T. “Ethical Dimensions of Nursing and the Palliative Approach in Geriatric and Forensic Psychiatry: A Qualitative Study,” (2018) Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 56(6): e122 DOI: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.10.395
- Foth, T.; Holmes, D. “Governing Through Lifestyle – The Lalonde Report and the Biopolitical Management of Public Health in Canada,” (2018) Nursing Philosophy.
- Foth, T.; Lange, J.; Smith, K. “Nursing history as philosophy – towards a critical history of nursing” (2018), Nursing Philosophy, DOI: 10.1111/nup.12210.
- Humphrey-Murto, S.; Varpio, L.; Wood, T. J.; Gonsalves, C.; Ufholz, L. A.; Mascioli, K.; Wang, C.; Scowcroft, K.; Foth, T. “The Use of the Delphi and Other Consensus Group Methods in Medical Education: A Review”, (2017), Academic Medicine (AcadMed-D-16-01527R1).
- Foth, T.; Holmes, D. "Neoliberalism and the government of nursing through competency-based education" (2016), Nursing Inquiry. DOI: 10.1111/nin.12154.
- Foth. T.; Efstathiou, N.; Vanderspank, B.; Ufholz, L.A.; Dütthorn, N.; Zimansky, M.; Humphrey-Murto, S. "The Use of Delphi and Nominal Group Technique in Nursing Education: A Review", International Journal of Nursing Studies, 60, 2016, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2016.04.015.
- Foth, T.; O'Byrne, P.; Holmes, D, "Health Prevention in the Era of Biosocieties: A Critical Analysis of the "Seek and Treat" Paradigm in HIV/AIDS Prevention", Nursing Inquiry, 23(2), 99-108, 2016, DOI: 10.1111/nin.121.
- Foth, T.; Block, K.; Stamer, M.; Schmacke, N., "The Long Way Toward Cooperation. Nurses and Family Physicians in Northern Germany", Global Qualitative Nursing Research, 14, 2015.
- Foth, T., "Understanding "Caring" Theories and Biopolitics. The Case of Nurses under the Nazi Regime", Nursing Philosophy, 14(4), 284-294, 2013.
- Foth, T., "Shock Therapies as Intensification of the War against Madness in Hamburg, Germany: 1930-1943", Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, 30(2), 161-184, 2013.
- Jacob, J. D.; Foth, T., "Expanding our understanding of sovereign power: On the creation of zones of exception in forensic psychiatry", Nursing Philosophy, 14(3), 178-185, 2013.
- Foth, T., "Caring and Devastation in Nazi-Germany", Nursing Inquiry, 20(2), 93-100, 2013.
- Foth, T., "Biopolitical Spaces, Vanished Death, and the Power of Vulnerability in Nursing", Aporia, 1(4), 16-26, 2009.
- Foth, T.; Steiner, C., "Im Spannungsfeld zwischen Natur und Technik: Pflege als Bewahrerin des natürlichen Körpers? [Between nature and technology: nursing science and the natural body]", intensiv Zeitschrift für Anästhesie und Intensivmedizin, 15, 20-31, 2007.
Papers Read And Presentations
Papers In Refereed Conference Proceedings
- McWatters, C., Foth, T. Using Accounting to make Psychiatric Practice more efficient: Scientific Administration of the Canadian Psychiatric Hospital. APIRA 2019 conference, July 1-3, 2019, New Zealand.
- Humphrey-Murto, S.; Varpio, L.; Wood, T. J.; Gonsalves, C.; Ufholz, L. A.; Foth, T. The Use of the Delphi and Other Consensus Group Methods in Medical Education. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges, November 11-15, 2016 in Seattle. Abstract published in Academic Medicine, 91(11), Supplement, S1. Author contribution: I am the senior author (this is a medical journal and the senior author is always last author). I wrote the article together with the first author and was part of the empirical research.
Abstracts And/Or Papers Read In A Learned Society (Oral Or Poster)
- Smith, K., Foth, T. Nursing History as Philosophy. 2019 Philosophy and Nursing Conference, August 18-20, 2019, Victoria, BC
- Larocque, C., Foth, T. Sacred Lives – Harm Reduction and Biolegitimacy. 2019 Philosophy and Nursing Conference, August 18-20, 2019, Victoria, BC
- Foth, T., Leibing A. Rethinking dementia as a queer “way of life”: implications for practices of care. 2nd ENAS and NANAS joint TrentAging2019 Conference, University of Trent, May 28-31, 2019.
- Foth, T. Governing through lifestyle – Lalonde and the biopolitical management of public health in Canada, workshop Montréal: Prevention (of Dementia): Past, Present, Expectations, University of Montréal, September 28-29, 2018.
- Lange, J.; Foth, T. Making Nursing Accountable: The Nursing Process as a ‘Calculative Device.’ ISIH Sydney, Australia, June 7-9, 2018
- Lauzier, K.; Foth, T. Redefining Democracy – Disarming Resistance against the Economization of Nursing. ISIH Sydney, Australia, June 7-9, 2018
- Jacob, J.D.; Foth, T. Conflicting Interests: Critiquing the Place of ‘Institutional Reputation’ in the Ethical Review Process. ISIH Sydney, Australia, June 7-9, 2018
- Foth, T., What did the Nurses and Midwives do in the Nazi Era? Medicine in the Holocaust and Beyond, second international scholars workshop on medicine after the Holocaust Galilee, Akko, Israel, May 7 to 11, 2017.
- Foth, T; McWatters, C.S., Making the Case for Investment in Mental Health: Scientific Administration of the Canadian Psychiatric Hospital. Joint Conference of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine and Canadian Association for the History of Nursing, May 27 to 29, 2017 at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario.
- Smith, K.; Foth, T.; Lauzier, K. Nursing History as Philosophy – Notes Toward a Critical History of Nursing. Joint Conference of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine and Canadian Association for the History of Nursing, May 27 to 29, 2017 at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario.
- Foth, T., McWatters, C. S., Making the Case for Investment in Mental Health: Scientific Administration of the Canadian Psychiatric Hospital. The Business History Conference, Portland, Oregon, March 31, 2016. Author contribution: I wrote the paper and the empirical material)
- Foth, T., “Heroic Treatments” and the suffering of Patients diagnosed with “neuro-syphillis.” Nurses at the Fever Therapy Unit, Ontario Hospital Toronto, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Stuttgart, Germany, October 9, 2015, History of Social Practice of Psychiatric Nursing and the Patients’ Situation in Psychiatric Facilities.
- McWatters, C; Foth, T., Constructing Patient identityt: The Technology of the Medical Record in Making the Psychiatric Hospital in Canada Calculable, Kyoto International Conference Center, Japan, August 5, 2015, XVIIth World Economy History Congress.
- Nazon, E. A.; Perron, A.; Foth, T., (Re) thinking the Historical Political Impact of Nursing Through the Work of Donzelot and Foucault, Mallorca, Spain, June 11, 2015, ISIH - In Sickness and In Health.
- Foth, T.; McWatters, C., Constructing Patient Identity: The Technology of the Medical Record in Making the Psychiatric Hospital in Canada Calculable, University of Ottawa, May 30, 2015, CAHN/CSHM conference.
- McWatters, C; Foth, T., Constructing Patient Identity: The Technology of the Medical Record in Making the Psychiatric Hospital in Canada Calculable, Université de Lille, March 20, 2015, Histoire du management de la santé. XXe journées d'histoire du management et des organisations.
- Foth, T., Towards a Critical Theory of Nursing: Can the Concept of Recognition be a Critical Perspective for Nursing?, July 19, 2013, Montréal, Canada, ISIH - In Sickness and In Health: From the Margins: Radical Thoughts for Health Practices and Research.
- Foth, T.; Connell, M., Lange, J., Nurses and the Fever Unit at the Ontario Hospital, Toronto, Victoria, BC, June 1, 2013, CSHM / CAHN annual meeting.
- Foth, T., Shock Therapies and the War Against Madness: Psychiatric Practice in Hamburg, Germany 1920-1945, Dawson College, Montreal, July 18, 2012, 2012 Joint Conference of Cheiron and the European Society for the History of the Human Sciences.
- Foth, T., The War Against Madness: Nurses and Shock Therapies in Germany, 1920-1945, Medicine Hat, Alberta, June 16, 2012, Places and People's Health: Exploring Nursing in Diverse Contexts.
- Perreault, I.; Foth, T., La guerre contre la folie: les thérapies de choc en Allemagne et au Canada, 1920-1950, Université Wilfrid Laurier et Université de Waterloo, May 27, 2012, Canadian Society for the History of Medicine.
- Foth, T., Nurses as accomplices in the murder of sick persons in Germany before, during and after the Nazi regime, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada, January 1, 2011, 2011 CSHM/CAHN Annual Conference, (2011).
- Foth, T., Understanding Nursing as a Dispositif: Healing and Devastation in the Age of Biopower, Odense, Denmark, June 2011, 4th International Conference ISIH -In Sickness and in Health.
- Foth, T., Regieren durch Dokumente [Governing through Documents], Universität Paderborn, Germany, May 28, 2010, ANT-Workshop Strukturenstehung durch Verflechtung, Graduiertenkolleg ‚Autmatismen‘ [ANT-workshop Formation of Structures through interdependence, Graduate Seminar ‘Automatisms’].
- Holmes, D., Perron, A., and Foth, T., Infirmières, lutte contre le terrorisme et violations du droit: le camp comme assise d’une analyse politique, New York City, United States, 2009, International Academy of Law and Mental Health, 15p.
- Foth, T., Perron, A., Holmes, D., and Stuart, M., Gestion biopolitique d’une population captive. Analyse critique des soins infirmiers en milieux psycho-légaux, Université d?Ottawa, Colloque « La biopolitique outre Atlantique après Foucault », ACFAS 2009, (2009), 10p.
- Thomas Foth, Rethinking Unequal Exchange: the Global Integration of Nursing Labour Markets, Salimah Valiani(Toronto, Buffalo, London, University of Toronto Press, 2012), Labour / Le Travail, 73.
- Foth, T., Moving Beyond Borders: A History of Black Canadian and Caribean Women in the Diaspora, Flynn, K.(Toronto, Buffalo, London, University of Toronto Press, 2011), Nursing History Review, 21, 2012.
- Foth, T., Caregiving on the Periphery: Historical Perspectives on Nursing and Midwifery in Canada, Rutherdale, M.(Montreal&Kingston, London, Ithaca, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2010), Nursing History Review, 21, 2012.
Invited Presentation and other Contributions
- Foth, T. Toward a Critical Hsitory of the Medical killings during the Nazi Regime, International Workshop Dis/ability in the German Context – University of Cincinnati, October 2019.
- Foth, T., Humanitarian Reason and the movement for Overdose Prevention Sites – The NGOization of the Opioid “Crisis” (Keynote), 2019 Philosophy and Nursing Conference, August 18-20, 2019, Victoria, BC
- McWatters, C.S., Foth, T. Using Accounting to make Psychiatric Practice more efficient: Scientific Administration of the Canadian Psychiatric Hospital, University of Sydney Accounting Speaker Seminar Series, November 2018. Follow-up informal meeting with uSydney faculty including Prof. Wai Fong Chua, Consulting Editor, Accounting, Organizations and Society.
- Foth, T. Nurses as accomplices in the murder of sick persons in Germany before, during, and after the Nazi regime, 11th Annual Powell-Heller Conference For Holocaust Education, October 23-25, 2018, Pacific Lutheran university, Tacoma, Washington.
- Foth, T., Nurses as accomplices in the murder of sick persons in Germany before, during, and after the Nazi regime, MÉOS, University of Montreal, University of Montreal, 2013.
- Foth, T., Shocktherapies as means to intensify the war against madness. Germany – Canada 1920-1945, Der ‚therapeutische Aufbruch' der Psychiatrie in der Zeit zwischen den Weltkriegen. Deutschland im internationalen Vergleich, Technische Hochschule, Aachen, June 8, 2012.
- Foth, T., A Historical Perspective for Nursing Ethics, RNAO Annual Nursing Week Dinner, RNAO, 2012.
- Foth, T., Pflege als Dispositiv. Überlegungen zu einer Pflege-Ethik, Universität Osnabrück, Universität Osnabrück, 2011.
- Foth, T., Kooperation als gemeinsames Ziel? Wie erleben Hausärzt_innen und Pflegegekräfte die Effizienz ihrer Kooperation, 11. Fachgespräch Alumnni Netzwerk „Pflege braucht Eliten e.V.“ Robert Bosch Stiftung, Groningen, Netherlands, 2010.
- Foth, T., Radio Dreyecksland, "Koo Koo" the magazine against forced psychaitric treatments, The role of Nurses in the treatment of psychiatric patients in Germany, 1930-1945, March 19, 2013.
Author Contribution: Interview
This interview was about the book "Caring and Killing. Nursing and Psychiatric Practice in Germany 1931-1943" and the newer research on shock treatments in psychiatry.
- Foth, T., Radio Dreyecksland, The significance of German psychiatric history for contemporary psychiatric practice, November 2, 2011.
This interview was about a newspaper article with the title "Deadly Psychiatry."
- Foth, T., Rogers TV canal 23, Entre Nous, La technologie du dossier médical rendant l'hôpital psychiatrique au Canada calculable, 2 juin 2015.
Printed And Electronic Media
- Foth, T., "Tödliche Psychiatrie. Die Psychiatrie mordete nicht nur im Faschismus. Es braucht neue Perspektiven auf die Ermordung Kranker" Deadly Psychiatry. Psychiatry did not only kill during Fascism. In need of new perspectives], 2011, 564, 27.
- Contribution to an online project with the title “Die NS-Dabeigewesenen” [The ones who participated in the Nazi Regime] http://www.hamburg.de/ns-dabeigewesene/ by the Hamburg State Center for Political Education.
- Contribution to the memorial “Stumbling Stone (Stolpersteine)” for the victims of German Nazism.
- Critical position paper on the occasion of the annual conference of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) in Berlin, “The Racism of Psychiatry and the Deadly Connection between German and International Psychiatry,” published March 15, 2017.