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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Ulrike Thoms has been a member of the Research Program in the History of the Max Planck Society (GMPG) since 2014, where she investigates the social history of the Max Planck Society (1948–2002) using a broad arsenal of research tools, from network research to content analysis and empirical social research. Her main interest is how the MPG constructed itself and mediated this picture both internally and externally. Ulrike has degrees in Social and Economic History, with her PhD (2000) focusing on "Rationalisierung der Anstaltskost. Die Ernährung in Krankenhäusern und Gefängnissen im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert.”

Prior to the GMPG Ulrike worked at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität zu Münster on a project on the emergence and transformation of mass consumption 1989–1994. In 2001 she moved to the Berlin Institute for the History of Medicine, initially on a project on the history of the clinical trial and later on the history of nutrition research; she was also involved in projects on the history of the biosciences in Germany and the GDR and on the development of the pharma market. The common objective of these projects was the exploration of scientification and how scientists produce knowledge, communicate it to the public, and use it for their professional and personal goals.

Ulrike’s broad, interdisciplinary spectrum of interests ranges from consumer and physical history to the history of science and technology, the history of medicine, and social and public history.

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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