Science, Knowledge and Politics in German History

"Science, Knowledge and Politics in German History"

Cambridge German History Research Group
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DAAD Cambridge Hub
United Kingdom
Vom - Bis
14.10.2021 - 02.12.2021
Philipp Heckmann-Umhau, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge

The German History Research Group of the University of Cambridge hosts a series of short talks on 'Science, Knowledge, and Politics in German History'. All events will be free to attend online. The series is supported by the DAAD Cambridge Hub.

"Science, Knowledge and Politics in German History"

Presentors will engage with various periods and aspects in the nexus of these three terms. Science in German history is understood in its broadest sense. We are interested, for example, in different ways and places of knowing both synchronically and diachronically, in science in the emerging public sphere, or in the politics of science and the scientisation of politics. How was knowledge stabilised, how experienced, and how was it put to political use? Presenters will also reflect on what the study of science and knowledge production can add to German history more generally.

All events will be free to attend online. To join please send an email to


Thursday 14 October, 15:00 BST (16:00 German time)

VICTORIA MORICK (Göttingen): „Depicting Disease: The Negotiation of Knowledge about Syphilis in the German Public Sphere in the 19th and 20th Century“

SINA FABIAN (Berlin): „To Drink or not to Drink: Debates on Alcohol Consumption in Weimar Germany“

Thursday 21 October 2021, 15:00 BST (16:00 German time)

ALEXANDER COLLIN (Amsterdam): „Information and Knowledge in a Hanseatic Urban Government“

FELIX GRÄFENBERG (Münster): „The Role of Technical Experts within the Policy Process: A Case Study of the Prussian Chaussee Sector, c. 1786–1820s“

Thursday 28 October 2021, 15:00 BST (16:00 German time)

KATHERINE ARNOLD (London): „The Economization of Social Relations: Understanding Trust in German Natural History“

Commentator: Jean-Michel Johnston (Cambridge)

Thursday 4 November, 15:00 GMT (16:00 German time)

ROII BALL (Tel-Aviv): „Colonizing Pedagogy: Corporal Punishment, Reformatory Education, and Internal Colonization in the Polish-German Borderlands around 1900“

ADONIS L. ELUMBRE (Hamburg): „German Racial and Ethnological Imaginaries of Native Filipinos in the Late 19th Century: Situating its Intellectual and Imperial Development in Europe and the Philippines“

Thursday 18 November 2021, 15:00 GMT (16:00 German time)

KATHARINA ISABEL SCHMIDT (Hamburg): German Jurists and the ‚Struggle for Legal Science‘, 1900–1945“

Commentator: Charlotte Johann (Cambridge)

Thursday 2 December, 15:00 GMT (16:00 German time)

FRAUKE STEFFENS (New York): „‚Unpolitische Wissenschaft‘: The Idea of Apolitical Science and Technology in Germany“

JONATHAN VOGES (Hannover): „‚That Stupid and Conceited Mr. Krüss‘. Germany and the League of Nations Committee on Intellectual Cooperation“



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