I have published widely on gender relations in society and science. In my recent work, I have extended my interest in gender and science to the material culture of collecting, processing, and visualizing data. Epistemologies and practices of data compilation in bureaucratic and domestic settings inform my current research theme Data, Media, Mind. The project Media of Truthfulness traces the emergence of data driven methods in nineteenth-century census taking and population statistics. Citizen Science of the Mind explores at-home observation, note-taking, and data compilation on the minds of infants in the context of fin-de-siècle efforts to unlock humanity’s evolutionary roots.
As a Senior Research Scholar and Research Group Leader in Department II (Daston), I co-organized four Working Groups, resulting in the following co-edited publications:
- The History of Bureaucratic Knowledge
- Working With Paper: Gendered Practices in the History of Knowledge
- Data Histories
- Beyond the Academy: Histories of Gender and Knowledge
My first monograph, entitled The Pleasure of a Surplus Income: Part-time Work and Gender Politics in West Germany (published 1999/2007) explored gender politics and social change in West Germany. The focus of my second book, Science, Gender, and Internationalism: Women's Academic Networks, 1917–1955 (2012/2014), was the creation and maintenance of female academic networks in western Europe and North America from the late-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. A project website provides an online biographical database of the many actors figuring in the book.
I earned my PhD at the Free University of Berlin in 1998. Subsequently, I taught at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Women and Gender at the Technical University in Berlin. From 2002 to 2005, I was a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC. In 2009, I joined the History Department at the Technical University Braunschweig as a Privatdozentin. Since April 2020, I am Associated Professor in the Media Studies Department at Humboldt University Berlin.
I am a member of the editorial boards of the journals WerkstattGeschichte (since 2001), NTM (since 2018), and ISIS (since 2019). As a member of the History of Science Society I have served as program co-chair for the annual international HSS meetings in Utrecht (2019) and New Orleans (2020).
Oertzen, C. v. (2020). Prussian Census Box: Moving and Freezing Data. In S. Bauer, M. Schlünder, & M. Rentetzi (Eds.), Boxes: A Field Guide (pp. 473-480). Manchester: Mattering Press.Read More
Bittel, C., Leong, E., & Oertzen, C. v. (Eds.). (2019). Working with Paper: Gendered Practices in the History of Knowledge. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.Read More
Oertzen, C. v. (2019). Baby Ruth. In M. Fend, A. Te Heesen, C. v. Oertzen, & F. Vidal (Eds.), Surprise: 107 variations on the unexpected (pp. 299-301). Berlin: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.Read More
Fend, M., Te Heesen, A., Oertzen, C. v., & Vidal, F. (Eds.). (2019). Surprise: 107 variations on the unexpected. Berlin: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.Read More
Oertzen, C. v. (2007). The pleasure of a surplus income: part-time work, gender politics, and social change in West Germany, 1955-1969. New York [u.a.].Read More
Oertzen, C. v. (1999). Teilzeitarbeit und die Lust am Zuverdienen. Geschlechterpolitik und gesellschaftlicher Wandel in der Bundesrepublik, 1948-1969. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht.Read More
Oertzen, C. v. (2007). Völkerverständigung durch akademische Vernetzung: die International Federation of University Women 1919-1945. In E. Schöck-Quinteros, A. Schüler, A. Wilmers, & K. Wolff (Read More
Eds.), Politische Netzwerkerinnen: internationale Zusammenarbeit von Frauen 1830-1960 (pp. 333-356). Berlin: Trafo.
CANCELED: The Honesty of Numbers: Building Trust with Paper in Nineteenth-Century StatisticsMORE
Solstice Celebrations: Ein Fest für Raine DastonMORE
Citizen Science in Historical PerspectiveMORE
Working With Paper: Gendered Practices in the History of KnowledgeMORE
Historicizing Big DataMORE
Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities
Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica,Taiwan
College of Science, National Taiwan University, Taipei
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Kulturwissenschaften, Ringvorlesung "Schrift/Bild/Sound"