PD Dr. Alexander von Schwerin


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Alexander v. Schwerin teaches history of science, technology and pharmacy at TU Braunschweig and is a collaborator in the research project "The History of the Max Planck Society" in the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. After his PhD graduation at the Institute for the History of Medicine of the FU Berlin comparing genetics in National Socialism and the epistemology of human and animal experiments, and his collaboration with the Presidential commission of the Max Planck society on "The History of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society in National Socialism", he was a research associate at the Department of the History of Science and Pharmacy of the TU Braunschweig from 2005 to 2013. In the context of the research group "History of the Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft, 1920-1970" and the DFG project "Mutagens, mutants and mutations. Biological and risky things in the analytics of biopolitics (1960-1979)" he undertook research on the biological and risk policy of the DFG for the case study of radiation research and toxico-genetics, as well as on the science-based policy on dangerous substances in Germany.


E-Mail: a.schwerin(at)tu-braunschweig.de
Consultations: By Appointment

Research focus:

  • Profile History of science, technology and pharmacy
  • History of biomedicine and molecular biology
  • Political epistemology of bioscience
  • History of scientific practice
  • History of toxology and testing
  • Governmentality and genealogy of the risk
  • Reflective science and science activists
  • History of scientific institutions
  • Commercialisation and relation of science and industry
  • History of genetic engineering and the evalutation of risks

Current reseach projects:

  • History of life sciences in the project "Geschichte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft".