Communication networks and data streams, filters and search engines, transfer and implementation processes, managed nature and planned operations: The history of technology offers a wide range of historical objects of investigation. The goal is to understand how technological developments are appraised, and by whom, and the societal shifts that accompany them. The research at the Chair for History of Technology is problem oriented, topical and correspondingly diverse.
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The Chair for History of Technology, the Archives of Contemporary History and the Chair for History of the Modern World together make up the Institute of History at the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences (D-GESS) at ETH Zurich. The institute is directed by Prof. David Gugerli.
The institute’s two chairs also form part of the Center for History of Knowledge, which has been run jointly by ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich since 2004.