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Teresa Hollerbach

Research Scholar (Aug 2020-May 2022)

Teresa Hollerbach submitted her PhD thesis at the Technical University of Berlin and is currently preparing its publication with Springer Nature. Her doctoral research, “Sanctorius Reconsidered: A New Look on the Origins of Quantification in Medicine,” which she conducted at the MPIWG, examines the work of the Venetian physician Sanctorius Sanctorius (1561–1636) who introduced quantitative research into physiology. Adopting a material culture perspective, her research draws upon the contemporary reconstruction of Sanctorius’ most famous instrument: the Sanctorian weighing chair. She was awarded the Santorio Fellowship 2017 and her article “The Weighing Chair of Sanctorius Sanctorius: A Replica” (NTM Journal of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, 2018) was awarded a honorable mention by the Società Italiana di Storia della Scienza (2020).

Currently Teresa works in the MPIWG research program “History of the Max Planck Society,” which aims at a comprehensive analysis of the Max Planck Society’s history that is embedded in the contexts of contemporary history and history of science. She specifically focuses on the clarification of the role of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (MPIB) in the pedophile debate in West Germany of the 1960s and 1970s.

Teresa has a keen interest in science communication and has engaged in various activities in this field, including science slams, exhibitions, and social media. From 2016 to 2019 she acted as PhD representative of the MPIWG and in 2017 she was the representative of the Human Science Section at Max Planck PhDnet—the doctoral network of the Max Planck Society.

Projects

The Emergence of Iatromechanical Medicine

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The Reconstruction of the Sanctorian Chair

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Selected Publications

Hollerbach, Teresa (2021). “Doctors Only Started Measuring Body Temperature 200 Years Ago — Here’s Why.” The Conversation: Academic Rigour, Journalistic Flair 25.03.2021 (March). https://theconversation.com/doctors-only-started-measuring-body…

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Hollerbach, Teresa (2018). “The Weighing Chair of Sanctorius Sanctorius: A Replica.” NTM 26 (2): 121–149. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00048-018-0193-z.

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Media

Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Speaking about your Science: How to Communicate it?

Panel moderation at the N² Event 2021

online

Program
Self-Tracking in the Seventeenth Century

Exhibition at the Wissensstadt Berlin

Platz vor dem Roten Rathaus, Berlin

Program
Sanctorius Reconsidered: A New Look on the Origins of Quantification in Medicine

The Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Natural Sciences and Humanities (online)

Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati, Trieste and Università degli Studi di Padova (Italy)

Pulse Check: Public Communication and Trust in Science

Moderation of the Institute's Colloquium

MPIWG, Berlin

Program
Knowledge Through Making: The Reconstruction of the Sanctorian Chair

Neuchâtel Seminar in the History of Science and Technology (online)

Université de Neuchâtel (Switzerland)

Sanctorius Sanctorius: Der Beginn der Selbstquantifizierung

Research Colloquium on Early Modern History

Freie Universität Berlin

La Storia della Scienza ed il Cardinale Francesco Maria del Monte

Inauguration of the Fondazione Cardinale Francesco Maria Del Monte

Palazzo Madama, Rome (Italy)

Video
Selbstvermessung 1.0

Max Planck Day Science Slam

Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin

Gallery
Seventeenth-Century Fitbit

Exhibition at the Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften

Max Delbrück Center, Berlin-Buch

Gallery
Weight Watchers im 17. Jahrhundert - Echt oder Fake?

Science Show at the Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften

Max Delbrück Center, Berlin-Buch

Video
Nachbau der ersten Personenwaage - die Materialität der frühneuzeitlichen statischen Medizin

Hauptseminar (in cooperation with Matteo Valleriani)

Technische Universität Berlin

Quantitative Physiological Reasoning at the Turn of the Seventeenth Century: The Work of Sanctorius Sanctorius

International Conference Humours, Mixtures, Corpuscles

Domus Comeliana, Pisa (Italy)

Quantitative Physiological Reasoning at the Turn of the Seventeenth Century: The Work of Sanctorius Sanctorius

British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) Postgraduate Conference

European University Institute Florence (Italy)

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