Marianne Sommer


Marianne Sommer is professor for Kulturwissenschaften at the Department for Cultural and Science Studies at the University of Lucerne. Prior to her current position, she has been at the University of Zurich, ETH Zurich, the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Pennsylvania State University, and Stanford University among other institutions. She has published widely on the history of the life, earth, and human origins sciences with a focus on processes of narration, visualization, and exhibition. Her most recent monograph, History Within (Chicago University Press 2016), engages with the science, politics, and culture related to bones, organisms, and molecules; it traces the production, mediatization and circulation of paleoanthropological, evolutionary, and genetic knowledge about human history and kinship from the late 19th century to the present.


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