I am a historian and philosopher of science whose interests gravitate towards historical epistemology, methodology, and linkages of social and conceptual history. I am active in two areas of research – the first focuses on agricultural Enlightenment, and, more broadly, entanglements of social history and epistemology in the 18th and early 19th centuries. My first book examined one of the most ubiquitous and yet little researched branch of technical knowledge in early modern Europe, agriculture. I have several articles published or underway which trace the transformations of knowledge under conditions of early modern social inequality. My second focus lies on the history of the human sciences, a still little-established field in the German history of science community. I am a founding member of the GWMT group Forum for the History of the Human Sciences which has been organizing an annual workshop on the history of the psy-sciences since 2017. I am currently working on a book on the global circulation of psycho-technologies in the second half of the 20th century which aims at exploring the polyvalences of psychological expertise between individualist and collectivist cultures.
Project on ‘technologies of the self’ under state socialism, the case of psychological leadership training in Socialist Germany 1960s-90s (DFG Eigene Stelle)
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