Ulrike Thoms

Research Scholar
Research Scholars are early career scholars who have ordinarily already had at least one postdoctoral fellowship or equivalent academic experience. This is the equivalent of an entry-level academic position (e.g. assistant professor in North America, Lecturer in the United Kingdom, Maître de conférences in France). These scholars carry considerable responsibilities (no more than 30% of their time) within their research unit.
Department I
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Residence:
September 15, 2014 to September 30, 2017
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Completing a degree in Social and Economic History allowed me to develop and follow a broad spectrum of interests. Strongly orientated towards interdisciplinarity I have worked on topics from the field of he history of consumption, from the history of the body, science history and history of technology, history of medicine,  drug history and history of communication. After I had finished my dissertation I moved into the field of history of medicine and the pharmacy,  where I worked on questions of standardisation and the development of norms. Other importnt themes were the role oft he scientific communicty, and the development oft he scientific expert. This brought me to the question, how scientists mediate their knowledge tot he public, how they instrumentalize it for their professional and personal aims and how this contributes to the scientification of he body and, more generally, of life.  An important part of my work was in the history of consumption, which allowed me to combine approaches form the cultural, economic and medical history and to integrate perspectives from the history of knowledge, history of inovation and economic history.

I was able to follow up this trail in a German-French project in the hisory of pharmaceutical marketing. Again, the public played a dominant role.  During my collaboration with a project in the history of the German Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics in the Third Reich I was able to take up some central questions, which I had already investigated in my studies of the history of the nutritional sciences, mainly the question, how and why links between science and policy may be established and how they work.

Since September 2014 I am part of the Reseach Program in the History of the Max-Planck-Society 1948-2002. In this context I investigate the social history of the Max-Planck-Society, which has hithterto been neglected. For this purpose I use a broad arsenal of research tools, from network research over content analysis to empirical social research. My main interest is in the question, which picture the MPG constructed of herself and how she mediated this picture to the inside (i.e. to its employees) as well as to the outside. One important point is, how the society dealt with topics of general social interest, as for example the question of edcuation, which ws much discusssedin the 1960s and the question of animals trials. These are of special interest to me  from another direction, i.e. for their role in the reseach proecess, their economy and regulation.
 

Selected publications: 

Thoms, U. (2017). Setting nutritional standards: the soldier's food in Germany, 1850-1960. In E. Neswald, D. F. Smith, & U. Thoms (Eds.), Setting nutritional standards: theory, policies, practices. Rochester: University of Rochester Press.

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Neswald, E., Smith, D. F., & Thoms, U. (Eds.). (2017). Setting nutritional standards: theory, policies, practices. Rochester: University of Rochester Press.

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Thoms, U. (2016). Aus Wertlosem Wertvolles schaffen: die Fütterungswissenschaft und die Steigerung der Nahrungsmittelproduktion. In S. Flachowsky, R. Hachtmann, & F. Schmaltz (Eds.), Ressourcenmobilisierung: Wissenschaftspolitik und Forschungspraxis im NS-Herrschaftssystem (pp. 471-502). Göttingen: Wallstein.

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Dross, F., Frobenius, W., Thum, A., Bastian, A., & Thoms, U. (Eds.). (2016). Ausführer und Vollstrecker des Gesetzeswillens - die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gynäkologie im Nationalsozialismus. Stuttgart: Thieme.

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Thoms, U. (2015). 'Was lesen Ärzte wirklich?': medizinische Zeitschriften und Pharma-Marketing von 1900 bis zum Ende der 1970er Jahre. Medizinhistorisches Journal, 49(4), 287-329.

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Thoms, U., & Close-Känig, T. (2015). A balancing act: antidiabetic products and diabetes markets in Germany and France. In J.-P. Gaudillière, & U. Thoms (Eds.), The development of scientific marketing in the twentieth century: research for sales in the pharmaceutical industry (pp. 129-144). London: Pickering & Chatto.

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Felder, S., Gaudillière, J.-P., & Thoms, U. (2015). Ads, Ads, Ads: the Gephama database and its uses. In J.-P. Gaudillière, & U. Thoms (Eds.), The development of scientific marketing in the twentieth century: research for sales in the pharmaceutical industry (pp. 63-86). London: Pickering & Chatto.

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Thoms, U. (2015). Handlanger der Industrie oder berufener Schützer des Tieres? Der Tierarzt und seine Rolle in der Geflügelproduktion. In G. Hirschfelder, A. Ploeger, J. Rückert-John, & G. Schönberger (Eds.), Was der Mensch essen darf: ökonomischer Zwang, ökologisches Gewissen und globale Konflikte (pp. 173-192). Wiesbaden: Springer.

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Thoms, U. (2015). Innovation, life cycles and cybernetics in marketing: theoretical concepts in the scientific marketing of drugs and their consequences. In J.-P. Gaudillière, & U. Thoms (Eds.), The development of scientific marketing in the twentieth century: research for sales in the pharmaceutical industry (pp. 29-42). London: Pickering & Chatto.

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Thoms, U., & Gaudillière, J.-P. (Eds.). (2015). The development of scientific marketing in the twentieth century: research for sales in the pharmaceutical industry. London: Pickering & Chatto.

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Schirrmacher, A., & Thoms, U. (2007). Neue Wissensofferten, alte Wissensbedürfnisse und verschiedene Transaktionsmodelle: drei Thesen zum naturwissenschaftlichen Vermittlungsdiskurs. In S. Nikolow, & A. Schirrmacher (Eds.), Wissenschaft und Öffentlichkeit als Ressourcen füreinander: Studien zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte im 20. Jahrhundert (pp. 97-109). Frankfurt am Main [u.a.]: Campus.

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