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Kärin Nickelsen

Prof. Dr. Kärin Nickelsen

Professor of the History of Science (Chair)

Contact

Postal address: Historisches Seminar der LMU, Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, 80539 München
Visiting address: Historicum, Schellingstr. 12


Room: 020
Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180-5508

Office hours:
Please schedule an appointment with the administrative office: wg@lrz.uni-muenchen.de.

 

Kärin Nickelsen is spokesperson for the DFG-Research Group "Cooperation and Competition in the Sciences, 1970s-1990s".

Research

  • History of the experimental life sciences, 19th and 20th century
  • Classical Natural History around 1800
  • Processes of scientific model making
  • Individual and collective methodology of research

Further Information

Curriculum Vitae of Prof. Dr. Kärin Nickelsen as PDF.

Projects

  • DFG (German Research Association) Research Group „Cooperation and Competition in the Sciences“ (Speaker: Prof. Dr. Kärin Nickelsen) (DFG project number: 316001474)
  • Disciplinary Competition. Negotiating the prerogative of interpretation between biological and social sciences, ca. 1970-1990 (DFG project number: 316166947)
  • The Artists of Natural History. Studying the Cooperation of Draughtsmen, Copper Engravers and Natural Historians in the 18th century (DFG project number: 282653476)
  • Botanical Illustrations around 1800

Short CV (Academic Career)

  • 1992-1999: Diploma in biology and history of science at the university of Göttingen and Glasgow
  • 2002: Doctorate Dr. phil. nat. in Bern (summa cum laude)
  • 2002-2006: Assistant at the Faculty for the Theory and History of Science (Bern)
  • 2005: Visiting scholar at the university of Illinois, Urbana, as Prof. Govindjee´s guest
  • Sept.-Dec. 2008: Visiting scholar at the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (Dept. II, Prof. Dr. Lorraine Daston)
  • 2010: Habilitation at the philosophical and natural-scientific faculty at the university of Bern
  • 2006-2011: Assistant professor at the Faculty for the Theory and History of Science, university of Bern/Switzerland (extension in 2010 due to positive evaluation by external expertise)
  • Since October 1, 2011: Professor (W3) for the History of Science at the Department of History at LMU Munich.

Awards (selection)

  • April 2020: Elected member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences
  • 2019: Elected member of the “Scientific Commission for the Life Sciences” of the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina.
  • October 2018: Elected member of the "Committee for Integrated History & Philosophy of Science" (20 members worldwide; election due to research achievements)
  • January 2012: Elected member of the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina.
  • 2010: Habilitation awarded with the Dalberg-Award as well as with the Caspar-Friedrich-Wolff-Medal.
  • 2005: Entry into the “Young Academy” at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Leopoldina (Selection due to scientific excellence; 10 members are voted in each year)

Organized Events (selection)

  • 2016: Summer School “The Scientific Revolution?”, in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London; Speakers: Prof. Sachiko Kusukawa, Cambridge; Prof. Adam Mosley, Swansea. (Munich, July 18-22, 2016)
  • 2015: Summer School "Natural History, Politics and Religion in the Victorian Age", in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London. Speakers: Prof. Jim Secord, Cambridge; Prof. Peter Bowler, Belfast. (London, July 20 -24, 2015)
  • 2015 (Concept and organization): International conference on “Perspectives for the History of the Life Sciences: New Themes, New Sources, New Approaches", in cooperation with Robert Meunier, Kassel. (Munich, October 30 – November 1, 2015)
  • 2014 (Concept and organization): Workshop at the ICI Berlin on „Models of Cooperatin in the Sciences“, in cooperation with Robert Meunier, Munich. (Berlin, December 12, 2014)
  •  2013 (Organization): International workshop on „Transfer of Knowledge across Disciplinary Boundaries“, in cooperation with Christian Joas, Munich and Fabian Krämer, Munich. (Munich, October 11-12, 2013)

Professional Affiliations and Functions

Current Affiliations:

  • Since 2019: Dean of the Faculty of History and the Arts at LMU Munich
  • Since 2019: Elected member of the “Scientific Commission for the Life Sciences” of the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina.
  • Since 2019: Editor of the “History of Science and Humanities“
  • Since 2018: Elected member of the “Committee for Integrated History and Philosophy of Science (HPS)”
  • Since 2018: Member of the scientific board of advisers of the “Center for Studies of Israel”, LMU Munich.
  • Since 2017: Elected mentor of Faculty 09 (Arts and History) at LMU Munich.
  • Since 2017: Editor of the book series Wissenschaftskulturen (Cultures of Science) (Franz Steiner Verlag)
  • Since 2015: Editorial board of the Journal of the History of Biology (2015), Sudhoffs Archiv (2016), Studies in History and Philosophy of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (2017)
  • Since 2012: Member of the jury presiding over the publication award of the Deutsches Museum, Munich.
  • Since 2011: Member of the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina.
  • 2018-2020: Member of the program committee preparing the Leopoldina annual conference 2020 on the topic of “Biodiversity”, Halle, September 2020.

Former Affiliations:

  • 2017-19: Member of the Program Committee for the IHSPSSB conference (International Society for Historical, Philosophical and Social Studies of Biology), Oslo, July 2019.
  • 2016-2018: Member of the German National Committee “History of Science, Medicine and Technology“
  • 2013-2018: Speaker of the Munich Center for the History of Science and Technology (MZWTG).
  • 2013-2018: Chairman of the German professional association „History of Science“
  • 2011-2018: Board member of the research center “Bases of Modernity“ (Historical Seminar, LMU Munich)
  • 2013-2014: Vice-chairman of the German Society for the History and Theory of Biology.
  • 2013-2015: Mentor at the mentor-program for scientists at the university of Regensburg.
  • 2009-2012: Member of the board of advisers of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences in preparation of and in order to coordinate events during the 2008/9 year of Evolution in Nature, Technology and Culture.
  • 2006-2018: Editorial Board Annals of the History and Philosophy of Biology.
  • 2001-2011: Co-editor of the book series Bern Studies in History and Philosophy of Science (Bern).