Short CV/Education and training

    Studied history and economics at the University of Zurich, Switzerland

  • 1997 – 2003
    Assistant in the Department of History at the University of Zurich (under Prof. Dr. Jakob Tanner)

  • 2002

  • 2004 – 2005
    Research Fellow at the IFK (international research centre for the cultural sciences) in Vienna, Austria

  • 2007
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Germany

  • 2007 – 2008
    Visiting professor in the Communication Studies Department at McGill University in Montreal, Canada

  • 2008
    Postdoc fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington DC, USA

  • 2009 – 2012
    Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) Professor in the Department of History at the University of Basel

  • 2011 – 2012
    Senior Fellow at the IKKM (International Research Institute for Cultural Techniques and Media Philosophy) in Weimar, Germany

  • 2012
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) at the University of Zurich, (postdoctoral) fellowship from the University of Zurich's Nachwuchsförderungskredit (funding programme for young researchers) and project funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)

    Teaching appointments at the Universities of Zurich, Lucerne and Basel, Switzerland, and at the School of Art and Design Zurich

Selected publications

  • Tonjagd. Magnetbänder zwischen Recht und Revolution (1949-1969), in: Archiv für Mediengeschichte 12 (2012), pp. 137-152.

  • Wertspeicher: Epistemologien des Warenlagers, in: Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung 2 (2012), pp. 35-50.

  • Handling, Flow Charts, Logistik: Zur Wissensgeschichte und Materialkultur von Warenflüssen, in:

    Nach Feierabend, Zürcher Jahrbuch für Wissensgeschichte 7 (2011), pp. 75-103.

  • Die Geschichtswissenschaft in Begutachtung: Acht Kommentare zur historischen Methode in der Gegenwart (together with David Gugerli), in: Traverse 2(2011), pp. 154-164.

  • "Be Wise – Palletize"e;: Die Transformationen eines Transportbrettes zwischen den USA und Europa im Zeitalter der Logistik, in: Traverse, 16, 3 (2009), pp. 21-35.

  • Lost in Tradition? Reconsidering the History of Folklore and its Legal Protection since 1800, in: Burri-Nenova, Mira/ Graber, Christoph-Beat (Ed.) Intellectual Property and Traditional Cultural Expressions in a Digital Environment, Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, UK/Northhampton, MA 2008, pp. 3-16.

  • Durchsicht, Einsicht, Vorsicht. Eine Geschichte der Röntgenstrahlen, 1896-1963. Zurich 2003.

Selected projects

  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) project PP001-11958: Flow of materials: Transport and distribution of goods and the rise of logistics, 1850-2000). (duration: 48 months, 1,218,938 Swiss Francs. Extended by 12 months until 31.12.2013, 218,617 Swiss Francs) see also

  • SNF project 101511-10394: Copying and regulating: Intellectual property in the midst of technical reproduction, aesthetic revolution and legal standardisation (19th/20th century) (duration: 36 months, 281,435 Swiss Francs.)

  • SNF project 100011E-148339/1: Mimetic Economies: Cultures of imitation and brand management since 1800 (sub-project of the German Research Foundation (DFG) research group FOR 1867, Media and Mimesis (Duration 36 months, 576,073 Swiss Francs.)


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