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Prof. Dr. Veronika Lipphardt

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Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Internal Senior Fellow
Oktober - Dezember 2020

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Veronika Lipphardt has worked on the history of the life sciences in the 20th century, parti­cu­larly history of physical anthropology and human population genetics, in their political, social and cultural contexts. In the past years, her research focuses on forensic DNA analysis and po­pu­lation genetic studies of vulnerable populations. She is writing a book on human popular­tion genetics in the second half of the 20th century (Working Title: Narratives of Isolation, Patterns of Diversity. Human Population Genetics, 1950s-2000s).

Veronika Lipphardt studied history, biology, musicology, and social sciences in Vienna, Pots­dam, Berlin, and Freiburg. In 2006, Veronika Lipphardt received a PhD in History of Science from Humboldt University, Berlin. In 2008, she published a book about German-Jewish physical anthropologists and geneticists and how they contributed to the scientific debate about the so-called "Jewish race" between 1900 and 1935. Afterwards, she gained working experiences in several academic institutions, e.g. in the BMBF-funded Collaborative Research Project "Imagined Europeans. The Scientific Construction of Homo Europaeus" at Humboldt University Berlin, and, from 2009-2015, as a director of the Independent Research Group 'Histories of knowledge about human variation in the 20th century' at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. From 2011-2015, she held a professorship for the history of the life sciences at Free University, Berlin.

Publikationen (Auswahl)

  • How to choose sets of ancestry informative markers: A supervised feature selection approach(with P. Pfaffelhuber, F. Grundner –Culemann, F. Baumdicker), in: Forensic Science International: Genetics 46 (2020),
  • Responsible Research? Dilemmata der Integration gesellschaftlicher und kultureller Perspektiven in naturwissenschaftliche Forschungsprogramme (Einleitung) (with C. Borck, S. Maasen, R. Müller, M. Penkler), in: Special Issue, Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 41(3) (2018), pp. 215-221.
  • Health and Difference. Rendering Human Variation in Colonial Engagements (eds. V. Lipphardt / A. Widmer), Series ‘Biosocial Societies’, Berghahn Books, 2016.
  • Visibility matters: Diagrammatic renderings of human evolution and diversity in physical, serological and molecular anthropology (eds. M. Sommer / V. Lipp­hardt), Special Issue of History of the Human Sciences 28(5), 2015.
  • “Geographical Distribution Patterns of Various Genes”: Genetic Studies of Hu­man Variation after 1945, in: Studies in the History and Philosophy of the Bio­lo­gical and Biomedical Sciences 47(A) (2014), pp. 50-61.


Science, Technology and Society: Benefits of researching and reflecting upon current developments

This 3-month-project aims to strengthen the newly established network “Science Reflection” (formerly: FELSA) in and beyond Freiburg. Freiburg university, a full-fledged university with a department for techno­lo­gy, offers unique opportunities to bring together scientists and academics who are interested in re­flec­ting upon the limitations, the historical and societal contexts, and the ethical issues of their own re­search. Furthermore, here at Freiburg, dispersed over different university institutions, historians of science, as well as philosophers, sociologists, anthropologists and ethicists of science are engaged in re­search and teaching. However, even though together they would easily make an institute, so far little common research and teaching efforts have emerged.  The network “Science Reflection” is a first starting point, yet due to Corona, these efforts have seen a certain slow down. In another vein, the synergetic potentials of colleagues working in the same fields in the Upper Rhine valley have not yet been explored.

This project sets itself the goal to bring together scholars from the EUCOR institutions to exchange on possible common research and teaching collaboration. A research funding proposal will emerge from this exchange.