David Gugerli

David Gugerli

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David Gugerli was born in 1961. Since 1997, he is professor for history of technology at ETH Zurich. Following studies in history and literature he received his PhD in history in 1987. In 1995, he obtained a venia legendi (Habilitation) at the University of Zurich for modern history and in 1997 was appointed professor at ETH Zurich. He has served as guest researcher at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris (1988 and 1991), visiting fellow at Stanford University (1992), visiting scientist at the Colegio de México (1989-1993), fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (1993/94), fellow at the Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften in Vienna (1994) and professor at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (1996). In 2006 he was a guest of the rector at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and in 2008/2009 a senior fellow at the Zukunftskolleg at the University of Konstanz. 2014/15 he was a senior fellow at the Digital Cultures Research Lab at Leuphana University of Lüneburg.

David Gugerli is the recipient of the Rudolf Kellermann Prize for the History of Technology (1994), the prize of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (1998), and the Zukunftskolleg Award of the University of Konstanz. His research spans a broad field covering the history of science and technology in the 19th and 20th centuries, including the history of electrification, the cartographic mastery of national space, the visualization of the human body and the development of the technical universities. The recent focus of his work has been the history of computer-supported search procedures and databases as well as the knowledge-based economics of reinsurance.

David Gugerli was a founding member of the Centre for the History of Knowledge from 2005 to 2018. He was Head of the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences (D-GESS) and a member of the Research Commission. From 2009 to 2016 he was President of the Strategy Commission of ETH Zurich and 2016-2020 Fellow at Collegium Helveticum.

Following various projects on the question of how the world got into the computer, he was interested in exploring forms of the disappearance of technology. His current research project is dedicated to the formatting achievements of bureaucratic contre rôles. How do inhabitants, soldiers or employees become the commodities of state, military and corporate administrative apparatuses in the 20th century? 

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