History Within: The Phylogenetic Memory of Bones, Organisms, and Molecules

Bild: Seelenwärmer: Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger / Installation in der Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen
Seelenwärmer: Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger / Installation in der Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen

(this project has been financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation from February, 2010, to January, 2014)

Head project

Marianne Sommer

History Within: The Phylogenetic Memory of Bones, Organisms, and Molecules engages the cultural history of the historical life sciences. History Within analyzes the contributions that sciences such as evolutionary biology, (paleo)anthropology, primatology, and human genetics have made to cultures of remembrance since the turn of the 20th century. How do these sciences provide orientation, meaning, and identity through the popularization and commercialization of origin narratives and historical images? The project focuses on the reconstruction and communication of biologically founded history – the scientific theories, objects, practices, media, genres, and institutions involved –, as well as on processes of reception, such as the appropriation, translation, and rejection of scientific history by particular individuals and groups and in different media and genres.

Prof. Dr. Marianne Sommer
Project leader, from February, 2010, to January, 2014, as Swiss National Science Foundation Professor
T +41 41 229 56 15
marianne.sommerremove-this.@remove-this.unilu.ch 

Cooperation

The project "History Within: The Phylogenetic Memory of Bones, Organisms, and Molecules" and cooperates with:Research Group: "Historicizing Knowledge about Human Biological Diversity in the 20th Century", Dr. Veronika Lipphardt, Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte (MPIWG) Berlin