Martina Schlünder

Visiting Scholar (Apr 2019-May 2021)

Dr. med., Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto
Previously at the Institute September 2013–February 2015; affiliated September 2014–August 2016.

Martina Schlünder received her PhD in History of Medicine from Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin in 2007. Since completing her PhD she has held posts at Justus Liebig University Giessen, McGill University, ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute for Technology), and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Between 2015-2018 she was was a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Technoscience Research Unit of the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto / Bremen University. She is currently visiting associate professor at the STS group of the Center for Technology, Innovation, and Culture at the University of Oslo

Her research is situated within the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine and primarily draws from Feminist Science Studies. Her research has explored issues concerned with biomedical research and has worked on human-animal relationships.

In the research program Martina Schlünder works on the history of medical and clinical research of the Max Planck Society. The project investigates the historical, epistemic, scientific, and historical reasons for the difficult situation of clinical research within the MPG.


"It Was the Nightingale, Not the Jumbo": Acoustic Borderlands at Frankfurt Airport


Animal Lounges: Launching Nature into the History of Airports


Colonial and Postcolonial Planning and Counter-Planning


Historicizing the Technoscientific Turn of Reproduction in the Twentieth Century


Birthing Machines—An Introduction to Ambulant Science


Selected Publications



Encounters in Borderlands: Intersections of Life and Technology at Frankfurt Airport


The Economics of Reproduction


Improving by Translating? The Contorted History of the English Translation of Ludwik Fleck’s Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact