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Prof. Dr. Maria Rentetzi

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Gastprofessorin und ERC CoG Grantee

 

I am professor at the Institute for Philosophy, Literary Studies and History of Science and Technology at the Technical University Berlin. A physicist by training, I earned my PhD in Science and Technology Studies at Virginia Tech (VT), U.S.A. I hold an MA in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology from the National Technical University of Athens, an MA in Philosophy from Virginia Tech and a Certificate in Women's Studies by Utrecht University. Prior to that I have been Professor for History and Sociology of Science and Technology at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece and director of the University's Laboratory for History of Science.

My research focuses on the cultural history and social studies of the physical sciences. Throughout my work I have brought together gender studies, the history of material culture, urban transformation, and politics in order to better understand the relationship between power and knowledge production. I currently explore the history of radiation protection and the role the International Atomic Energy Agency has played as a diplomatic and political international institution in shaping radiation policies and nuclear diplomacies. The project and my team is funded by an  ERC Consolidator Grant.

I am the author of Trafficking Materials and Gendered Experimental Practices (Columbia, 2007) . My second monograph, Radium Economies (under review) explores how corporate structures dominated the radium medical and non-medical marketplaces and eliminated the control of academic scientists during the first half of the 20th century. The prizes I received include the Gutenberg e-prize of the American Historical Association (2003), the Outstanding Dissertation Award in Social Sciences from Virginia Tech (2004) and a Honorific Mention from the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science, Division of History of Science and Technology (2003).

Since 2013 I have been the president of the Commission Women and Gender in Science, Technology, and Medicine, of the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science, Division of History of Science and Technology (IUHPS/DHST). I am corresponding member of the International Academy of the History of Science and member of the Council of the Division of History of Science and Technology of the IUHPST. 

For more than a decade I have been teaching several undergraduate introductory courses to Greek engineers on science and technology studies, gender studies, and history of science. On graduate level I have taught as invited professor at several European and US universities on the material culture of the physical sciences and the history of nuclear sciences. During the fall semester of 2017-18 I was invited to join the Tel Aviv University as Silverman Professor and teach a seminar on gender and science.

In addition, to reach out to civil society, I participated in the design of museum exhibitions such as Tobacco 101 Notes on Oriental Tobacco. I am on the editorial board of the journals History and Technology, Advances in Historical Studies, Neusis, and Archives in Global History. I serve also at the editorial board of Cambridge Scholars Publishing. I have been also historical consultant to Radiant , a new Maria Curie film written and directed by Annika Glac and produced by Robyn Kershaw.

 

 


Areas of interest

history of natural sciences
transnational history of science
nuclear diplomacy
gender and science/technology
history of the IAEA/radiation protection
material culture of the tobacco world

Interviews

New Era on Science Diplomacy, Especially Nuclear Diplomacy
Euroscientist, 21 February 2019

A Woman in Science has to Constantly Prove Herself
3pointmagazine, 29 May 2019

Work in Progress on Science Diplomacy Headed by Professor Rentetzi
Chronometer, 9 August 2017

Bras and Kitchens: What Gender has to Do with Technology 
Athenian News Agency, 2.3.2018

Why do you Rarely See a Female Engineer?
Lifo, 22 November 2016

TV-documentary, "The Life of Marie Curie,"  ARD-alpha, interviewed by Werner Kiefer, ARD
February 2016

Radio interview, featured in "Radiokolleg - Verdammte Strahlkraft," 31 August 2011, 9:30 a.m., Geschichte des Umgangs mit Radioaktivität, Österreichischer Rundfunk, ÖRF, interviewed by Ilse Huber

Publikationen

Nuclear Science/Diplomacy

(co-edited with Kenji Ito) Nuclear Diplomacies: Their Past, Present and Future, History and Technology (expected in 2020)

"Black-boxing knowledge: Glass D
osimeters and Governmental Control" in  Susanne Bauer, Martina Schlünder, Maria Rentetzi (eds), Boxes: A Fieldguide, Mattering Press, 2019.

"Diplomatic Studies of Science: The Nuclear Diplomacies Workshop in Japan and Greece" HSS Newsletter, January 2019

"A Diplomatic Turn in History of Science or How a 2 million Euro ERC grant offers New Perspectives in the HIstory of Radiation Protection" HSS Newsletter, January 2018. 

“Living with Radiation or Why we Need a Diplomatic Turn in History of Science” Kjemi, 6(2017):21-24.
 
"Determining Nuclear Fingerprints: Glove Boxes, Radiation Protection, and the International Atomic Energy Agency" Endeauvor, 41(2) (2017): 39-50.

"Going Postal: When Radiation Dosimeters Got into a Box" Mapping Ignorance, 13 June 2014.

“ ‘Reactor is Critical’: Introducing Nuclear Research in Postwar Greece” Archives Internationales d' Histoire des Sciences, 60, no164 (2010):137-154.

Historiographical Perspectives on Networking in Physical Sciences, Rentetzi, Maria and Sally Gregory Kohlstedt (eds), Centaurus,  2009: 51.

“Gender, Science, and Politics: Queen Frederika and Nuclear Science in Postwar Greece” Centaurus, 51 (2009):63-87.

"Gender and Networking in Physical Sciences” (with Sally Kohlstedt) Centaurus, 51 (2009) : 5-11.
 
“‘Scientist in the Picture’ Such As ‘Artist in the Picture’” in Anastasia Lada (ed.) The Picture of Scientist in Greece, 1900-1980, 113-138, (Thessaloniki: Aristotelian University Press and Thessaloniki Museum of Photography , 2007, in English and Greek).

History of Radioactivity

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Trafficking Materials and Gender Experimental Practices: 
Radium Research in Early 20th Century

“Mme Curie and ‘the Perils in Radium’: The Early Days in Radiation Protection” Physics Today, 7 November 2017.

“Creating a Niche for Women Chemists in Cosmetics Industry”
in Renate Tobies and Annette Vogt (eds) Women in Industry, Wissenschaftskultur um 1900, series, ed. Olaf Breidbach. 115-118. (Stuttgart: Steiner, 2014)

“Berta Karlik” in Livia Simon Sarkadi (ed) European Women in Chemistry. 161-164. (Weinheim: Wiley-VCH Verlag, 2011).

“Stephania Horovitz” in Livia Simon Sarkadi (ed) European Women in Chemistry. 75-80. (Weinheim: Wiley-VCH Verlag, 2011).

“Packaging Radium, Selling Science: Boxes, Bottles and Other Mundane Things in the World of Science”
Annals of Science, 68, no 3 (2011): 375-399.

“Genre, politique et radioactivite: le cas de Vienne la rouge”
Travail, Genre et Sociétés, (in French), 23 (2010): 127-146.

Historiographical Perspectives on Networking in Physical Sciences
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Rentetzi, Maria and Sally Gregory Kohlstedt (eds), Centaurus,  2009: 51.

“The U.S. Radium Industry: Industrial in-house Research and the Commercialization of Science” Minerva, 46, no 4 (2008): 437-462.

Trafficking Materials in Tin Boxes, Glass Bottles, and Lead Cases: Radium in Early Twentieth Century Science, Medicine, and Commerce” in Viola Balz, Alexander Schwerin, Heiko Stoff, and Bettina Wahrig (eds.) Precarious Matters: The History of Dangerous and Endangered Substances in the 19th and 20th Centuries, 99-112, (Berlin: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Preprint 356, 2008).

“Gender and Radioactivity Research in Vienna, 1910-1938” in Sonia Strbanova, Ida Stamhuis, and Katerina Mojsejova (eds), Women Scholars and Institutions, 611-638 (Prague: Proceedings of the International Conference Women Scholars and Institutions, Commission Women in Science of the IUHPS/DHST, 2004).

“Introduction in Women Pioneers in Radioactivity Research” in Sonia Strbanova, Ida Stamhuis, and Katerina Mojsejova (eds), Women Scholars and Institutions, 581-589 (Prague: Proceedings of the International Conference: Women Scholars and Institutions, Commission Women in Science of the IUHPS/DHST, 2004).

“Women Radium Dial Painters as Experimental Subjects or What Counts as Human Experimentation,” in Volker Roelcke and Giovanni Maio (eds.) Twentieth Century Ethics of Human Subjects Research: Historical Perspectives on Values, Practices, and Regulations, 275-291 (Stuttgart: Steiner, 2004). (republished in Internationale Zeitschrift für Geschichte und Ethik der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin-NTM, 12 (2004):233-248).

“Designing (for) a New Scientific Discipline: The Location and Architecture of the Institut für Radiumforschung in Early 20th Century Vienna” British Journal for the History of Science, 38, 3 (2005): 275-306.

“From Cambridge to Vienna: The Scintillation Counter in Female Hands” Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza, 2 (2004):675-689.

“Gender, Politics, and Radioactivity Research in Interwar Vienna: The Case of the Institute for Radium Research” Isis, 95 (2004):359-393.

“The City as a Context of Scientific Activity: Creating the Mediziner-Viertel in fin-de-siècle Vienna” Endeavour, 28, no 1 (2004): 39-44.

“From Technological Design to Political Technology of the Body: The Case of Radium Dial Painters” Women’s History Magazine, 48 (2004):4-12.

“Women Physicists in the Institute for Radium Research in Vienna, 1920-1938: A Statistical Report,” Soziale Technik, 2 (2001): 9-12. (republished by PCNEWS, 81 (February 2001): 15-17).

Gender and Science/Technology

Books

Trafficking Materials and Gender Experimental Practices: 
Radium Research in Early 20th Century

The Gender of Technology and the Technology of Gender

"Teaching and Advising in Feminist Scholarship: Why the Bra Makes Me Think that We Still Have a Long Way to Go" HSS Newsletter, 46(3), 2017

“Mme Curie and ‘the Perils in Radium’: The Early Days in Radiation Protection” Physics Today, 7 November 2017.

“Creating a Niche for Women Chemists in Cosmetics Industry” in Renate Tobies and Annette Vogt (eds) Women in Industry, Wissenschaftskultur um 1900, series, ed. Olaf Breidbach. 115-118. (Stuttgart: Steiner, 2014)

“Finding Science in Surprising Places: Gender and the Geography of Scientific Knowledge” (with Christine von Oertzen and Elizabeth Watkins) Centaurus, 55 (2013): 73-80.

Beyond the Academy: Histories of Knowledge and Gender
 
Rentetzi, Maria, Christine von Oertzen and Elizabeth Watkins (eds), Centaurus, 2013: 55.

“Berta Karlik” in Livia Simon Sarkadi (ed) European Women in Chemistry. 161-164. (Weinheim: Wiley-VCH Verlag, 2011).

“Stephania Horovitz” in Livia Simon Sarkadi (ed) European Women in Chemistry. 75-80. (Weinheim: Wiley-VCH Verlag, 2011).

“ ‘I want to look like a woman not like a factory worker’; Rose Rand: a Woman Philosopher of the Vienna Circle”, in M. Dorato, M. Rédei, M. Suárez (eds), European Philosophy of Science 2007, vol 1: 233-244 General Philosophy and Methodology of Science, (Dordrecht: Springer, 2010).

“Genre, politique et radioactivite: le cas de Vienne la rouge” Travail, Genre et Sociétés, (in French), 23 (2010): 127-146.

Historiographical Perspectives on Networking in Physical Sciences, Rentetzi, Maria and Sally Gregory Kohlstedt (eds), Centaurus,  2009: 51.

“Gender, Science, and Politics: Queen Frederika and Nuclear Science in Postwar Greece” Centaurus, 51 (2009):63-87.

"Gender and Networking in Physical Sciences” (with Sally Kohlstedt) Centaurus, 51 (2009) : 5-11.

“Configuring Identities through Industrial Architecture and Urban Planning: Greek Tobacco Warehouses in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century” Science Studies, (special volume) Simon Guy & Albena Yaneva (eds) Understanding Architecture, Accounting Society, 21, no 1 (2008): 64-81.

“‘Scientist in the Picture’ Such As ‘Artist in the Picture’” in Anastasia Lada (ed.) The Picture of Scientist in Greece, 1900-1980, 113-138, (Thessaloniki: Aristotelian University Press and Thessaloniki Museum of Photography , 2007, in English and Greek).

“The Metaphorical Conception of Scientific Explanation: Rereading Mary Hesse” Journal for General Philosophy, 36, no 2 (2005): 377-391.

“Women Radium Dial Painters as Experimental Subjects or What Counts as Human Experimentation,” in Volker Roelcke and Giovanni Maio (eds.) Twentieth Century Ethics of Human Subjects Research: Historical Perspectives on Values, Practices, and Regulations, 275-291 (Stuttgart: Steiner, 2004). (republished in Internationale Zeitschrift für Geschichte und Ethik der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin-NTM, 12 (2004):233-248).

“Introduction in Women Pioneers in Radioactivity Research” in Sonia Strbanova, Ida Stamhuis, and Katerina Mojsejova (eds), Women Scholars and Institutions, 581-589 (Prague: Proceedings of the International Conference: Women Scholars and Institutions, Commission Women in Science of the IUHPS/DHST, 2004).

“From Cambridge to Vienna: The Scintillation Counter in Female Hands” Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza, 2 (2004):675-689.

“Gender, Politics, and Radioactivity Research in Interwar Vienna: The Case of the Institute for Radium Research” Isis, 95 (2004):359-393.

“From Technological Design to Political Technology of the Body: The Case of Radium Dial Painters” Women’s History Magazine, 48 (2004):4-12.

“Gender and Radioactivity Research in Vienna, 1910-1938” in Sonia Strbanova, Ida Stamhuis, and Katerina Mojsejova (eds), Women Scholars and Institutions, 611-638 (Prague: Proceedings of the International Conference Women Scholars and Institutions, Commission Women in Science of the IUHPS/DHST, 2004).

“Feminist Epistemology: How a Case Study From History of Science Undermines Harding’s Standpoint Theory” in Arno Bammé., Guenter Getzinger, and Bernhard Wieser, (eds.) Yearbook 2002 of the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society, 103-119 (Munich: Profil. 2002).

“Women Physicists in the Institute for Radium Research in Vienna, 1920-1938: A Statistical Report,” Soziale Technik, 2 (2001): 9-12. (republished by PCNEWS, 81 (February 2001): 15-17).

Material Culture of Science

"Boxes. A Fieldguide” Susanne Bauer, Martina Schlünder, Maria Rentetzi eds, Mattering Press, 2019.

"Black-boxing knowledge: Glass Dosimeters and Governmental Control" in  Susanne Bauer, Martina Schlünder, Maria Rentetzi (eds), Boxes: A Fieldguide, Mattering Press, 2019.

"Cardboard Box: The Politics of Materiality" in Susanne Bauer, Martina Schlünder, Maria Rentetzi (eds), Boxes: A Fieldguide ,Mattering Press, 2019.

(co-authored with Spiros Flevaris) "Envisioning a New European Metropolis: the Athens Observatory, Greek Astronomy and the Imposed Path to Modernization" Oliver Hochadle and Agusti Nieto-Galan (eds) Urban Peripheries Routledge, 2018: 16-36.

"Determining Nuclear Fingerprints: Glove Boxes, Radiation Protection, and the International Atomic Energy Agency" Endeauvor, 41(2) (2017): 39-50.

Tobacco Roads: Trade, Culture and the History of a Transnational Commodity, Melinda Plastas and Maria Rentetzi (eds), Advances in Historical Studies, 2016: 5(2).

 "Trade, Culture, and the History of a Transnational Commodity," (with Melinda Plastas), Advances in Historical Studies, 5 (2016):1-4.

"The Box: Commonplace Artifacts in the Production of Scientific Knowledge" Backchannels 4S, 18 April, 2016.

"Going Postal: When Radiation Dosimeters Got into a Box" Mapping Ignorance, 13 June 2014

“Packaging Radium, Selling Science: Boxes, Bottles and Other Mundane Things in the World of Science” Annals of Science, 68, no 3 (2011): 375-399.

“Box” in Safia Azzouni, Christina Brandt, Bernd Gausemeier, Julia Kursell, Henning Schmidgen, and Barbara Wittmann (eds.) A Natural History of the 21st Century for Hans-Joerg Rheinberger, 36-38, (Berlin: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, 2011).

“The Tobacco Museum of the City of Kavala” Exhibit review, Technology and Culture, 2009, 50, no 3 (2009): 649-657.

“The U.S. Radium Industry: Industrial in-house Research and the Commercialization of Science” Minerva, 46, no 4 (2008): 437-462.

Trafficking Materials in Tin Boxes, Glass Bottles, and Lead Cases: Radium in Early Twentieth Century Science, Medicine, and Commerce” in Viola Balz, Alexander Schwerin, Heiko Stoff, and Bettina Wahrig (eds.) Precarious Matters: The History of Dangerous and Endangered Substances in the 19th and 20th Centuries, 99-112, (Berlin: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Preprint 356, 2008).

“Tobacco Warehouse: a Lost Culture” in Kamilo Nolla (ed.) Kapnomagaza (Tobacco Warehouses), 18-39 (Athens: Scandinavian Tobacco Hellas and Kastaniotis Press, 2007, in French, English, and Greek).

History of Tobacco Procassing

Tobacco Roads: Trade, Culture and the History of a Transnational Commodity, Melinda Plastas and Maria Rentetzi (eds), Advances in Historical Studies, 2016: 5(2).

 "Trade, Culture, and the History of a Transnational Commodity," (with Melinda Plastas), Advances in Historical Studies, 5 (2016):1-4.

“The Tobacco Museum of the City of Kavala” Exhibit review, Technology and Culture, 2009, 50, no 3 (2009): 649-657.

“Configuring Identities through Industrial Architecture and Urban Planning: Greek Tobacco Warehouses in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century” Science Studies, (special volume) Simon Guy & Albena Yaneva (eds) Understanding Architecture, Accounting Society, 21, no 1 (2008): 64-81.

“Tobacco Warehouse: a Lost Culture”
in Kamilo Nolla (ed.) Kapnomagaza (Tobacco Warehouses), 18-39 (Athens: Scandinavian Tobacco Hellas and Kastaniotis Press, 2007, in French, English, and Greek).

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