Dr. Verena Lehmbrock

Contact: verena.lehmbrock@uni-erfurt.de

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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2016                          Ph.D. at Technical University of Berlin, History of Science

2006                          M.A. Philosophy / Early Modern and Modern History, Humboldt University of Berlin

2017–today             B.Sc. studies Psychology, Fernuniversität Hagen (correspondence programme)

Selected publications

Der denkende Landwirt. Agrarwissen und Aufklärung in Deutschland 1750–1820 [The Thinking Farmer. Agricultural Knowledge and Science in the German Enlightenment], Weimar/Köln/Wien: Böhlau 2020.

By excavating the values and hierarchies attached to agricultural labor and farm management, the book traces the intricate entanglements between technique, concepts of knowledge, and contemporary social order.

The historical force of creative concepts: a post-Koselleckian approach, in: Hendriksen, Marieke & Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis (ed.): Early Modern Understandings of Knowledge 1500–1900 (Knowledge Societies in History 5). Abingdon, New York: Routledge (in preparation).

Peasant eyes: a critique of the agricultural Enlightenment, in: Leen van Molle and Yves Segers (ed.): Knowledge Networks in Rural Europe since 1700, Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer (in press).

Zur Geschichte einer Metakategorie: Das ‚Empirische‘ in der deutschen Ökonomischen Aufklärung und frühen Agrarwissenschaft um 1800, Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 39 (2016), 79–98.

Lob des Handwerks: Wissenstheorie heute und bei Albrecht Daniel Thaer (1752–1828), Zeitschrift für Agrargeschichte und Agrarsoziologie 62 (2014), 30–41.

Agrarwissen und Volksaufklärung im langen 18. Jahrhundert. Was sehen historische Gewährsleute und was sehen ihre Historiker:innen?, in: Mulsow, Martin and Frank Rexroth (ed.), Was als wissenschaftlich gelten darf. Praktiken der Grenzziehung in Gelehrtenmilieus der Vormoderne. Frankfurt/Main: Campus 2014 (Historische Studien 70), 485–514.

‚Laboratorium‘, in: Frietsch, Ute and Jörg Rogge (ed.), Über die Praxis des kulturwissenschaftlichen Arbeitens. Ein Handwörterbuch. Bielefeld: transcript 2013, 245–249.