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New research fellows at the Chair for the History of Science

Thomas O. Haakenson is Associate Professor in Critical Studies and Visual Studies at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and Oakland, USA. He holds a doctorate in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society from the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota, as well as graduate-level minors in German and the History of Science and Technology. Haakenson is currently visiting scholar at the Chair for the History of Science (Professor Anke te Heesen). He focuses on visual culture in the German context, including questions of cultural identity, body culture, the relation of arts and politics as well as gender. Furthermore, Haakenson is current editor of the book series Visual Cultures and German Contexts. In Berlin he will be working on his latest project “Transnational Dada”.

Oriana Walker is a historian of medicine and the human body. She received her BA in philosophy from Reed College and an MA and PhD in the history of science from Harvard University. Walker is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Berlin Center for the History of Knowledge and Humboldt University, Chair for the History of Science (Professor Anke te Heesen), having formerly held postdoctoral fellowships at the Wellcome project Life of Breath (Bristol), and at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Her work uses the history of the body as a space for exploring how imaginations of self and world are made and forgotten and, in turn, how these limit or expand human possibility. In Berlin she is working on a project called “Modern Inspiration: Breathing Between Laboratory and Clinic”.

Sophie Ledebur joined the Chair for the History of Science (Professor Anke te Heesen) in as postdoctoral fellow in April 2019. She has been awarded a research grant by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for her project “Knowledge of the Unknown: On the Emergence and Functional Logic of the ‘Dark Figure’ in the 19th Century”. Ledebur formerly held research fellowships in Vienna and Konstanz as well as a predoctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. She focuses on the history of knowledge/science in the crime and health sectors, more explicitly knowledge on deviance, prevention, health and crime policy.