Collegium Helveticum

Anke te Heesen
Senior Fellow 2023–2024

History of science
Fellowship duration
October 01, 2023–February 29, 2024
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Humboldt University, DE


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Anke te Heesen is professor in the history of science at the Humboldt University Berlin. She has taught and curated at various locations, for instance, the Hygiene-Museum in Dresden, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, and the University of Tübingen, Germany. Her research has focused on issues of objects and science, notation systems of scientists, art and science, and collecting/ordering practices.

Her most recent book, published in 2022, deals with a 1960s interview project led by philosopher of science Thomas S. Kuhn enquiring leading quantum physicists of the 1920s and 1930s about their discoveries. By following the ups and downs of the project, Anke te Heesen simultaneously writes a history of the research interview in the 20th century, including early oral history. Her current work turns to the history of the humanities to ask: To what extent can the history and the present of the humanities be reconceived through the concept of applicability?