Chair of Modern History | Prof. Stefanie Gänger
Stefanie Gänger is Professor of Modern History at the University of Heidelberg. She holds an MPhil and a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge and completed her BA in History at the Universities of Augsburg and Seville. During her PhD, she held short-term fellowships at Department II (Professor Lorraine Daston) at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and at the University of Pennsylvania, and subsequently a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Konstanz, in the research group ‘Global Processes’ directed by Jürgen Osterhammel and an assistant professorship at the University of Cologne. In 2019 she was awarded the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Prize, Germany’s most important award for early career academics. She is involved in various collaborative research projects, e.g. as a member of a CPER research group on museum and collection history, the DFG-funded Research Network ‘Histories of Matter’ and as co-director, with Professor Jürgen Osterhammel, of the Balzan Research Group Rethinking Global History.
Stefanie’s work considers the histories of science and medicine in late-colonial and early Republican Spanish America, as well as the wider world. Her first book, Relics of the Past – on antiquarianism in nineteenth-century Andean South America – was published by Oxford University Press in 2014. Her second book, which came out with Cambridge University Press in 2020, is an account of how medical knowledge was shared between and across a wide range of geographically disperse and socially diverse societies within or tied to the Atlantic World between 1751 and 1820. Centred on the ‘Peruvian bark’, or, cinchona, it examines how that ‘singular remedy’, as well as recipes, stories, and understandings attendant to its consumption, were part of the taken-for-granted understanding of men and women in widely different social and cultural contexts: at Peruvian academies and in Scottish households, on Louisiana plantations and in Moroccan court pharmacies alike. Her articles examine a variety of themes, ranging from the language of global history to the history of learned sociability, and have appeared in journals such as Modern Intellectual History, Colonial Latin American Review, Journal of Global History.