Mirjam Mayer

Mirjam Mayer

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Since 2020 Mirjam Mayer is working as a research assistant at the Chair of History of Technology at ETH Zurich.

In her undergraduate studies, she studied history and German philology in Basel and at Paris 1. She completed her master's degree in „History and Philosophy of Knowledge“ at ETH Zurich with a thesis on the history of recent forest policy. From 2017 to 2020, she worked as a student assistant at the Chair of History of Technology.

Currently Mirjam Mayer works on a dissertation project that focuses on the use and development of personal computers and decentralized networks in the Swiss Federal Administration between 1980 and 1995. There, she asks how decentralization through networking changed hitherto mainly hierarchically organized bureaucratic action and the working reality of state administration.


Das Persönliche und der Computer. Zur Geschichte des PC (mit Ricky Wichum), MA Seminar im FS 2021


  • Arbeiten an der Peripherie. Persönliche Computer und lokale Netze in der Schweizerischen Bundesverwaltung, Vortrag im Rahmen der Veranstaltungsreihe "Technikgeschichte über Mittag", 3. Juni 2022 (online)
  • Mit Ricky Wichum: Public Data and Personal Computers. The Emergence of a Personal Computing Culture in the Swiss Federal Administration, ca. 1980, 6th International Conference on the History and Philosophy of Computing, 27-29. Oktober 2021 (peer reviewed paper)
Mirjam Mayer