Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Chair for the History of Science

M.Phil. Alfred Freeborn

M.Phil. Alfred Freeborn
alfred.freeborn (at)

Philosophische Fakultät → Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften → Wissenschaftsgesch. /Schwerpkt. Bild.u.Org.d.Wissens 19./20.Jhd.
Function / Working Area
Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow
Visiting address
Friedrichstraße 191-193 , Room 5067
Phone number
(0049) (030) 2093-70576
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  • Predoctoral Fellow Max Planck Research Group (Biomedical Sciences), since 2021, Max Planck Institute for the History of Knowledge, Berlin
  • Pre-doctoral Research Fellow and doctoral candidate at the Lehrstuhl für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, 2016-2021, funded through ETH Zurich's "The Branco Weiss Fellowship - Society in Science"
  • M.Phil., 2015 - 2016, Cambridge University, History and Philosophy of Science (History of British Enlightenment cartography, theories of historical time, and methodological issues in HPS)
  • B.A., 2012-2015, Cambridge University, History (on visual culture and science in early modern Europe)  


Research Interest

  • History of post-1945 Anglo-American Psychiatry.
  • History and philosophy of biomedical theories of schizophrenia.
  • History of brain imaging techniques.


Current Project

„Learning from Alzheimer’s disease. A history of biomedical models of mental illness“ (supported within the framework of the „Society in Science - The Branco Weiss Fellowship“)





  • "What was "Biological" about the "Biological Revolution" in Psychiatry?", 2018 Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference, University of Exeter 7 - 8 Jun 2018.
  • "Measuring the 'Broken Brain': Neuroimaging and the "Biological Revolution" in American and British Psychiatry, Annual Conference of the American Association of the History of Medicine, UCLA 10 May 2018.
  • "What was 'Biological' about the 'Biological Revolution' in Psychiatry?" Institutskolloquium Insitut für Ethik, Geschichte und Theorie der Medizin, Universität Lübeck 16 Apr 2018.
  • "Neuroimaging and the Late-Modern 'Biological Revolution' in Psychiatry, 1976-2005", Kolloquium zur Gechichte des Wissens, Humboldt-Universität Berlin, 12 Jul 2017.
  • "Niklas Luhmann and the Observation of Modern Science", The Past, Present and Future of Integrated HPS: An International Postgraduate Forum, University of Leeds 13 - 14 Jan 2017.