Prof. Dr. Veronika Lipphardt
Veronika Lipphardt has worked on the history of the life sciences in the 20th century, particularly history of physical anthropology and human population genetics, in their political, social and cultural contexts. She is currently writing a book on human population genetics in the second half of the 20th century (Working Title: Narratives of Isolation, Patterns of Diversity. Human Population Genetics, 1950s-2000s).
From 2006 to 2009, she was a researcher in the BMBF-funded Collaborative Research Projct "Imagined Europeans. The Scientific Construction of Homo Europaeus" at Humboldt University Berlin, studying life scientists' imaginations of the "European" from the 18th century until today.
From 2009-2015, she was director of an Independent Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, focusing on 'Histories of knowledge about human variation in the 20th century'. Simultaneously, from 2011-2015, she also was Professor at the Free University, Berlin (Wissensgeschichte; Geschichte der Lebenswissenschaften).
Veronika Lipphardt studied history, biology, musicology, and social sciences in Vienna, Potsdam, Berlin, and Freiburg. After finishing her MA equivalent in 2000 (history/biology), she gained working experiences in several academic institutions, including the International Center for Ethics in the Sciences (Tübingen). In 2006, Veronika Lipphardt took her PhD in History of Science at Humboldt University, Berlin. In 2008, she published a book about German-Jewish physical anthropologists and geneticists and how they contributed to the scientific debate about the so-called "Jewish race" between 1900 and 1935.
History of the Life Sciences, History of Physical Anthropology, Human Population Genetics, Science & Technology Studies, Population Genetics in the 21st century, "Genetic History", History, Sociology and Anthropology of Knowlegde
Veronika Lipphardt's current research tackles Genetic History and Population Genetics today. In summer 2016, she will start with a new DFG-funded research project that investigates how population geneticists frame certain populations. Furthermore, she is interested in the role of narratives and interpretations in the life sciences, in narratives of economic growth in public and academic discourses, in the relationship between academia and the media, as well as in responsibility and leadership in academia.
As an elected member of Die Junge Akademie (2010-2015), Veronika Lipphardt co-initiated the "Dialog Plattform Vereinbarkeit von Wissenschaft und Familie".
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