Veronika Lipphardt

Research Group Leader
Dr., Professor of History of Knowledge, Friedrich Meinecke Institute, Freie Universität Berlin.
1. März 2009 to 30. April 2016
Veronika Lipphardt works on the history of the life sciences, particularly physical anthropology and human population genetics and their social and cultural contexts. Her current work focuses on the history of knowledge about human variation in the 20th century. Since March 2009, she is director of an Independent Research Group, and since 2011, she is Professor at the Free University, Berlin and member of Die Junge Akademie.
Veronika Lipphardt has 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. From 2006 to 2009, she has been a researcher in the BMBF-funded Collaborative Research Project "Imagined Europeans. The scientific construction of Homo Europaeus" at Humboldt University Berlin, studying imaginations of the "European" and its biological essence in the life sciences from the 18th century until today. She has studied history, biology, musicology and social sciences in Vienna, Potsdam, Berlin and Freiburg. 

Selected Talks and Presentations
Jan 2013
Isolation, Wanderung, Herkunft und Verbreitung. Narratives Wissen in der Humanpopulationsgenetik.
Forschungskolloquium zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte bei Prof. Dr. Friedrich Steinle / TU Berlin. Institut für Philosophie, Literatur-, Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte - Berlin
Mar 2013
Human Diversity and Biohistorical Narratives
Conference "Interventions. What it means to be human in 21st century life sciences". / Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Mercator Research Group "Spaces of Anthropological Knowledge" - Bochum
Apr 2013
Jews, Roma, Basks, Laps: How the Concept of "Isolates" Helped to Transfer Race Science Into Late 20th Century Human Population Genetics.
Workshop "Why does the racial and genetic discourse on the Jewish people reemerge in the 21st Century?" / ETH Zürich - Zürich
Apr 2013
Contemporary genetic studies of Roma.
Workshop: Contemporary genetics and uses of historical narrative. / MPIWG. Research Group: Twentieth-century histories of knowledge about human variation - Berlin.
Apr 2013
Visualizations of Human Variation in Early Population Genetics
Conference "Visibility Matters: Rendering Human Origins and Diversity in Space and Time" - Luzern
May 2013
Einführung in die Wissenschafts- und Wissensgeschichte.
Ringvorlesung „Theorien, Methoden und Geschichte der Geschichtswissenschaft“. FU Berlin - Berlin
April 2012
Der Europäer als Wissensobjekt
Workshop "Europäer in der nicht-europäischen Welt: über Rasse, Kultur und Zivilisation" - Graduiertenkolleg Duitsland Institut, Amsterdam
June 2012
Studies of human variation after 1945: genetics, anthropology and public health
Workshop „Making human heredity: populations and public health in the postwar era“. Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge - Cambridge.
Oct 2012
Migrationsgeschichten in populationsgenetischen Studien.
Workshop „Vom Wandern der Völker. Darstellungen und Erzählungen von Migrationen in den Altertumswissenschaften“. TOPOI Excellence Cluster - Berlin.
Nov 2011
Taste Sensitivity to Phenylthiocarbamide Around the Globe: Collecting Data on a New Genetic Marker in the mid-20th Century
Conference "Data-Difference-Diversity. Technologies of Differentiation in the Life Sciences" - Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
Nov 2011
Hayden White's Metahistorie in die Biowissenschaften!
Tagung "Wissenschaft als Erzählung – Erzählungen der Wissenschaft" - Gesellschaft für Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung und Gesellschaft für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin
June 2011
Genetic studies of human variation after 1945: continuities and new departures
Workshop "Human heredity : biology, anthropology and public health, 1940s-70s" - Institut d'Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques, Paris
Nov 2010
Franz Boas’s Interest in Human Genetics, Evolutionary Biology and Physical Anthropology
Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society - Montreal
Oct 2010
“Race” in the Humanities? Biological Notions of Origin and Diversity
Conference "Concepts of 'Race' in the History of the Humanities" - University of Haifa
Sept 2010
From "Races" to "Endogamous Communities": Notions of Human Genetic Diversity in the 1950s
Workshop "Human Heredity in the Twentieth Century (A Cultural History of Heredity V)" - ESRC Research Centre for Genomics in Society, University of Exeter, UK
March 2010
„Isolates“ and „Crossings“. Human Evolution and Population Genetics in Germany (and Elsewhere) from the Interwar Period until the 1960s
Symposium „The Biological Anthropology of Modern Human Populations: World Histories, National Styles, and International Networks" - Teresópolis, Brazil
Jan 2010
"Isolates" and "Crosses": Human Evolution and Population Genetics in the Mid-twentieth Century
Seminar Series "History of Medicine" - Cambridge University, UK, Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Nov 2009
Animals that you cannot control: Darwinism and Humankind
International Conference „Darwin: The Art of Doing Science“ - Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico
July 2009
Population and Evolution: Biological Expertise and Demographic Knowledge
International Conference „Culture meets Demography. Key Concepts of Demographic Research in Historical and Cultural Perspectives“ - Zentrum für Literaturforschung Berlin
June 2009
Der Körper als Substrat des Unterscheidens
Symposium „KörperWissen“ - Universitätsmuseum Tübingen
Oct 2008
Populationen des Homo sapiens. Demografische Visualisierungen in den Biowissenschaften
Panel "Visualisierungen von Ungleichheit", organisiert vom BMBF-Projekt "Vergangene Zukunft", Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin - Historikertag Dresden