Research at the subject area history of technology
Past and Present TechnoWorlds
The research activities within the history of technology subject area of at TUM focus on processes of humankind’s move from the biotope to the technotope. We explore how knowledge and technology was produced, transferred and appropriated under specific historical circumstances and we scrutinize the epistemic, economic, social, cultural and political conditions of this development.
Our approaches are informed by a broad concept of knowledge and technology encompassing knowledge resources, practices, artefacts and biofacts. The ongoing and envisioned research projects in the subject area strive to come to a comprehensive understanding of knowledge and technology by pursuing a wide range of topics. The aim is to explore processes of mechanization from a reflexive perspective and in a dialogue with the natural and the technical sciences in order to provide orientational knowledge for society.
Research topics are:
- Technology and the confrontation of political systems: history of technology in the Cold War (Karin Zachmann)
- Natural disasters in the history of technology and environment (Felix Mauch)
- Mechanization of natural growth in plant breeding (Franziska Torma)
- Biofacts of the atomic age in development aid (Lukas Breitwieser, Karin Zachmann)
- White goods, the body and filthiness. A historical perspective on body hygiene and energy consumption in the private household (Nina Lorkowski)
- „How Safe Is Safe Enough?“ Practices of Evidence for Technical Safety in Times of Societal Uncertainty (Stefan Esselborn, Karin Zachmann)
Head: Prof. Dr. Karin Zachmann