Sabine Brauckmann

Sabine Brauckmann
Résidents Labex RFIEA+
pas Eurias

dates de séjour

18/02/2013 - 12/07/2013


Histoire des sciences et des technologies

Fonction d’origine


Institution d’origine

Estonian Institute of Humanities, Université de Tallinn (Estonie)

pays d'origine


projet de recherche

Picturing Cells in Embryos at the Mediterranean Sea

With a historical case study on experiments and images of marine organisms in the Mediterranean Sea from ca. 1840 to most recent approaches of in silico biology, the project will elaborate how working with hands changed perceptions of cell-scapes, and how biomorphic forms travelled from the life sciences to arts and architecture. The project fulfills three main purposes. Firstly, it reconstructs a chapter of the visual biography of genes, cells, and embryos in the life sciences at marine stations around the Mediterranean Sea. Secondly, it traces the influence of dimensionality, scale and pattern on biological imagery from around 1840 to the 21st century. Thirdly, in mapping the findings to other disciplinary fields of the humanities, arts and architecture it actively seeks collaboration of scientists, scholars and artists.


Sabine Brauckmann is Senior Researcher in Science Studies and Philosophy at the Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn University (Estonia). Sabine Brauckmann studied philosophy, mathematics, and Slavic literature and languages at the University of Münster. She finished her PhD  with a thesis on the organismic systems theory of Ludwig von Bertalanffy. Until 2000 she was a research associate of the Institute of Philosophy, University of Münster. Meanwhile she also conducted projects on the history of theoretical morphogenesis and the scientific life of Paul A. Weiss as a visiting scholar of the MPI for Neurobiology, the Rockefeller Archive Center, and the Department of Medical Genetics, University of Utah. The German Research Foundation awarded her a Research Fellowship to continue her biographical project on Paul A. Weiss at Dartmouth College and Johns Hopkins University until early 2003.