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Christian ZumbrägelWelcome to my homepage. I am a research and teaching assistant at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Science and Technology Studies (IZWT) at the Bergische University Wuppertal (Prof. Dr. Heike Weber). Apart from my research and teaching activities, I manage the editorial board of the NTM – the Journal of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

After studying History and Biology, I graduated in November 2011 in a teacher degree at the Technical University of Darmstadt. Between 2012 and 2015 I received scholarships of the Deutsche Museum in Munich as a Scholar in Residence (Research Project: Brushing the History of Small-Scale Hydropower Technology against the Grain) and of the DFG (German Research Foundation) Graduate School Topology of Technology (project No.1343). From 2012 to 2015 I was a research/teaching assistant at the Section of History of Technology (Prof. Dr. Mikael Hård) at the Department of History (Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany).

My research interests are mostly from the field of the history of technology and environmental history, e.g. energy technologies, infrastructures and river histories of Germany and Europe in the 19th and 20th century. Between 2011 and 2013 I worked in a project about the impact of Vienna`s massive firewood consumption on wood-production areas in the upper course of the Danube catchment basin in pre-fossil times (Fuelling the Pre-Fossil Capital: Vienna`s Energy Flows in the 18th Century).

I recently defended my PhD-thesis (grade: summa cum laude) at the Technical University of Darmstadt. This project focuses on the history of small-scale hydropower in Germany during the period of electrification (1880-1930) (Many a Little Makes a Mickle: A Small History of Hydropower in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries). This PhD project is part of the interdisciplinary research cooperation “Comeback of the Mills? Sustainability Assessment of Small Hydropower Plants in Germany”.

 

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