People

Christine von Oertzen

Principal Investigator (Since 2005)

Prof. Dr.

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: 

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 bookScience, 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).  

Current Projects

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Completed Projects

Beyond the Academy
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At-Home Observation
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Gender Studies of Science
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Historicizing Big Data
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History of Bureaucratic Knowledge
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Housewifery Skills and Paper Technologies in Census Compilation
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Machineries of Data Power
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Machines of Memory
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Science, Gender, Internationalism
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Sciences of the Archive
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Working with Paper
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Selected Publications

Oertzen, C. v. (2019). Keeping Prussia's House in Order: Census Cards, Housewifery, and the State's Data Compilation. In C. Bittel, E. Leong, & C. v. Oertzen (Eds.), Working With Paper: Gendered Practices in the History of Knowledge (pp. 108-123…

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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.

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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.

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Bittel, C., Leong, E., & Oertzen, C. v. (2019). Paper, Gender and the History of Knowledge. In C. Bittel, E. Leong, & C. v. Oertzen (Eds.), Working with Paper: Gendered Practices in the History of Knowledge (pp. 1-14). Pittsburgh: University…

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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.].

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Oertzen, C. v. (1999). Teilzeitarbeit und die Lust am Zuverdienen. Geschlechterpolitik und gesellschaftlicher Wandel in der Bundesrepublik, 1948-1969. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht.

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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 (Eds.), Politische Netzwerkerinnen: internationale Zusammenarbeit von Frauen 1830-1960 (pp. 333-356). Berlin: Trafo.

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Feature Stories

Events

Institute's Colloquium

CANCELED: The Honesty of Numbers: Building Trust with Paper in Nineteenth-Century Statistics

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Party

Solstice Celebrations: Ein Fest für Raine Daston

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Workshop

Citizen Science in Historical Perspective

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Land Ahoy!

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Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

The Here and Now in Numbers: Census Compilation and Data Visualization in Nineteenth-Century Prussia

Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica,Taiwan

https://www2.ihp.sinica.edu.tw/bulletinDetail.php?TM=1&M=1&C=1&bid=1310
The Many Hands that Work with Paper: Towards a Socio-Material History of Knowledge

College of Science, National Taiwan University, Taipei

http://www.science.ntu.edu.tw/speechDetail_en.php?SpeechId=7084
Papier als Werkzeug: Eine soziomaterielle Geschichte des Wissens

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Kulturwissenschaften, Ringvorlesung "Schrift/Bild/Sound"

https://www.schriftbildsound.de/.../Schrift.+Bild.Sound+Programm....