Associate Members

Sybilla Nikolow

I head the ‘Historische Arbeitsstelle’ with the historical document and image collection at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin since August 2018. Focusing on the material culture of science, my research intersect the fields of history of science, science and technology studies and museum studies. I obtained my Ph.D. 1994 in history at the Technical University of Dresden for my dissertation on statistical practices, from bookkeeping to academic science (18th to 20th century Germany). Subsequently, I obtained various fellowships in Berlin, Paris, Cambridge, Bielefeld and became Privatdozent for history of science and science studies at the Technical University of Braunschweig. I held interim professorships in History, History of Science and Science and Technology studies in the Universities of Bielefeld, Bremen, Frankfurt am Main and Freiburg. In my last research projects, that were funded by the Volkswagen Foundation and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, I worked on the history of the German Hygiene Museum Dresden in the 20th century and on artificial limbs in the First World War. Recently I edited: “Erkenne Dich selbst!” Strategien der Sichtbarmachung des Körpers im 20. Jahrhundert” (Böhlau 2015) and co-edited Ersatzglieder und Superhelden. Beiträge zu Vergangenheit und Zukunft der Prothetik (transcript in print) and Biokybernetik und Teilhabe. Transformationsprozesse zwischen Mensch und Technik (Springer in print).