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PD Dr. Désirée Schauz

Research Associate


Forum Internationale Wissenschaft
Department of Science Studies
Heussallee 18-24
53113 Bonn


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Since February 2021 Désirée Schauz is a research associate in the Mercator research project on the politics and sociology of science at the Department of Science Studies at the FIW Bonn. Her research interests lies the interdisciplinary field of science studies. Together with David Kaldewey she works on the role of language of the politics of science, technology, and innovation and related scientific identity work.
Désirée Schauz studied history, sociology, German literature and received her Master’s degree and PhD from the University of Cologne. In 2018 she earned her “Habilitation” at the Technical University of Munich. Her study was awarded with the TUM prize for habilitations and was published 2020 with Wallstein (Göttingen).
Her professional career began at the History Department of the University of Cologne. In 2006 she joined the Department for History of Technology of the Technical University of Munich, which later became part of the Munich Center for Technology in Society. During her time in Cologne and Munich she gained research experiences in the priority program 1143 “Science, politics and society” and the collaborative research program 536 „Reflexive Modernity“, both funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Between 2009 and 2015 she was a Dilthey Fellow of the Volkswagen Foundation. Prior to joining the University of Bonn, she was a senior researcher at the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities writing the Academy’s history in the 20th century.
Research Interests

  • The role of language in the politics of science, technology, and innovation
  • Scientific identity work
  • Scientific internationalism
  • History of academies and universities
  • German academia and the Nazi past
  • Methods of discourse analysis and conceptual history in a transcultural perspective
  • History of modern penal and welfare regimes


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