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

Marie van Bömmel, M.A.

Marie van Bömmel M.A.
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Marie van Bömmel studied Theater Studies and History at the Freie Universität Berlin (2018-2020). Previously, she spent two semesters abroad in Bordeaux as part of the focus studies in International Law and European Law at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She completed the joint master's program in Global History at Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2020-2023) with a thesis on the concept of stupidity in the magazine Schwarze Botin. During her studies, she worked as an assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in the research area "History of Emotions" and interned at the Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome in spring 2023. Since April 2023, she has been a fellow of the DFG Research Group 2190 "History of Literature and Knowledge of Small Forms." In her dissertation, which focuses on the history of science and feminist art history, she explores the tradition-creating potential of an exhibition catalog.


Research interests

  • Feminist Art History
  • Global knowledge networks of social movements
  • Exhibition history
  • History of the exhibition catalog


Research project


The Exhibition Catalog Women Artists International 1877-1977 as Archive and Catalyst of Transnational Feminisms. A Global Object History


This dissertation project deals with feminist cultures of memory and strategies of transmission in the context of the seventies. Taking the Berlin exhibition Künstlerinnen international 1877-1977 as a starting point, it examines the catalog of this controversial show as a catalyst and archive of transnational feminisms. The project undertakes a reconstruction of the network of artists, scholars, and activists involved in the catalog's production. It examines the form-finding of their communicative concerns and measures them against the processes of reception in the women's movement, the bourgeois public, popular culture, and academia.

Exploring the potential of the catalog as a material instigator of tradition, the project aims to trace processes of genesis, transfer, and loss of feminist knowledge and to productively confront different layers of time. This concern will also be pursued in conversation with contemporary witnesses. The project thus ties in with the historiographical program of the researched object and wants to critically develop it further in the self-reflexive testing of knowledge-transmitting structures.

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Cover of the catalog for the exhibition Künstlerinnen international 1877-1977 
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