Carola Ossmer

Carola Oßmer

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (Jul 2020-Dec 2022)

Carola Oßmer studied Kulturwissenschaften (cultural studies) at the University of Hildesheim. She is pursuing her doctoral degree at Leuphana University of Lüneburg. She conducted research and studied at Yale University, the University of Cambridge and the Max Planck Institute for History of Science, and received research grants and scholarships from the Rockefeller Archive Center, the Junge Perspektiven der Gesellschaft für die Geschichte der Wissenschaften, Medizin und Technik, the Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, the Böll-Stiftung, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.

In addition to her own research, Carola is a board member of the Gesellschaft für die Geschichte der Wissenschaften, Medizin und Technik (GWMT) and of the committee of the „Driburger Kreis“ for early career researchers. She co-founded the Forum Geschichte der Humanwissenschaften, a German network for researchers working on the history of a human science. Carola has taught courses on the history of science and knowledge, media studies and cultural history.  


The Invention of the Normal Child: The Developmental Norms and Visual Technologies of Arnold Gesell’s Laboratory (1911-1948)


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Selected Publications

Oßmer, Carola (2020). “Zeitplan normaler Kindheit: Arnold Gesells Entwicklungszeitpläne und ihr kritisches Bild von Normalität.” In Psychologie und Kritik: Formen der Psychologisierung nach 1945, ed. V. Balz and L. Malich, 117–140. Wiesbaden:…

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Oßmer, Carola (2020). “Normal Development: The Photographic Dome and the Children of the Yale Psycho-Clinic.” Isis 111 (3): 515–541.

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Carola Oßmer wins FHHS prize for best article recently published on the history of human sciences