Endowed Chair for
History of the Effects of Technology
The manifold interactions between science, technology, society and culture raise urgent questions about the conditions and consequences of technical change. Research on that subject is the core of the chair „History of the Effects of Technology” at Stuttgart university which is endowed by the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung with 1.5 million euros over a period of ten years.
The historian for the history of technology Prof. Dr. Reinhold Bauer, who took up work starting winter term 2011/12, is an ideal match. Bauer has become well-known beyond professional experts with his book on “Gescheiterte Innovationen und technologischer Wandel” (Innovative failures and technological change). His area of research now focuses on historical innovation research, traffic history, social and economic history of the German Democratic Republic.
The chair at the Institute for History of the Philosophical-Historical Faculty of Stuttgart university has the aim to collaborate with all university faculties. The lectures are to enrich the master of “Wissenskulturen” and the interdisciplinary knowledge.