Birgit Nemec

Year 2020

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Institut für Geschichte der Medizin und Ethik in der Medizin

Thielallee 71
14195 Berlin

Portrait of Birgit Nemec
Photo: Katarzyna Mazur

Research areas

  • History of pregnancy and reproductive medicine in the 20th century

  • History of human genetics, genetic counselling and genetic diagnostics

  • Visual and material cultures of the sciences in the 20th century

  • History of anatomical pictures

  • Urban history and politics of memory


  • Since 05/2021
    Professor of the History of Medicine at the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

  • Since 2020
    Together with Jesse Olszynko-Gryn (Glasgow) head (PI) of DFG/AHRC joint project Risky Hormones, Pregnant Patients and the Contested Science of Birth Defects: The rise and fall of hormone pregnancy tests, 1950-1980s.

  • Since 2019
    Scholarship holder of the Brigitte-Schlieben-Lange-Programme and head (PI) of the BMBF/DLR research group "Risk Children". A scientific and social history of pregnancy and reproduction.

  • 2015-2021
    Research assistant at the Institute for History and Ethics of Medicine at the University of Heidelberg

  • 2016
    PhD at the University of Vienna (Dr. phil.) in history with focus on the history of science

  • 2015
    AFK and Stimulation Fund (NL) Research Fellowship for Arts Based Research

  • 2010 - 2014
    FWF Fellowship within the Graduate Program 'The sciences in historical, cultural and philosophical contexts' at the University Vienna

  • 2013
    Predoctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Berlin

  • 2013
    Member of a Historian's Commission for the Naming of Traffic Areas in Public Space, Institute for Contemporary History and Association for the Scientific Analysis of Contemporary History, Vienna

  • 2012
    Visiting Scholar at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge

  • 2011 - 2014
    Research fellowship at the Medical University of Vienna within the framework of two interdisciplinary projects to explore the interfaces between the arts and medicine

  • 2003 - 2008
    Historical studies with a focus on cultural studies and contemporary history at the university of Vienna and Rome

  • 2001 - 2003
    College for Cultural Management and Business Administration, Vienna

Selection of

  • Nemec, B and Olszynko-Gryn, J. (2021). In: Reproductive Biomedicine and Society Online.

    Schering’s Duogynon and the Post-Thalidomide Debate Over Iatrogenic Birth Defects in West Germany.

  • Nemec, B/ u.a. (Eds.) (2021), V & R unipress Wien.

    Medizin in Wien nach 1945. Strukturen, Aushandlungsprozesse, Reflexionen. 650 Jahre Universität Wien – Aufbruch ins neue Jahrhundert, Bd. 6.

  • Nemec, B (2020), Wallstein.

    Norm und Reform. Anatomische Körperbilder in Wien um 1925.

  • Nemec, B (2019/forthcoming). In: McFarland, R./Zechner, I./Vasold, G. (Hg.) Red Vienna Sourcebook, Camden House.

    Health Care and Social Hygiene (Buchkapitel).

  • Nemec, B and Zimmer, F. (2019), NTM 27 (1), S 39-78.

    Wie aus Umweltforschung die genetische Pränataldiagnostik entstand.

  • Nemec, B and Schwarz, W.M. (2019). Praxis. Katalog zur Ausstellung im Wien Museum/MUSA, 58–61.

    Afrika Singt! Rotes Wien Global. In: Schwarz/Spitaler/Wikidal: Das Rote Wien. Ideen. Debatten.

  • Sonja Bäumel, Hanne L.P. Tytgat, Birgit Nemec, Ruth Schmidt, Loo Wee Chia, Hauke Smidt (2018)

    Fifty Percent Human – How art brings us in touch with our microbial co-habitants. In: Microbial Biotechnology 11 (4), S 571–574.

  • Nemec, B (2018)

    Knowledge Landscapes of Anatomy in Periods of Political Change, Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift. Sonderheft “Anschluss" March 1938: Aftermath on Medicine and Society.

  • Nemec, B./Moser, G. (2017), Heidelberg: Springer.

    Counselling, Risk and Prevention in Human Genetic Early Diagnosis in the Federal Republic of Germany. In: Heike Petermann, Peter Harper, Judith Friedman, Susanne Doetz (Hg.), History of Human Genetics.

  • Angetter, D / Nemec, B. / Weindling, P./ Druml, C. (Hgs.) (2018), V & R unipress Wien

    Strukturen und Netzwerke – Medizin und Wissenschaft in Wien 1848–1955. 650 Jahre Universität Wien – Aufbruch ins neue Jahrhundert, Bd. 5.

  • Nemec, B. (2015), S 44–71.

    Anatomical modernity in Red Vienna. Julius Tandler’s textbook for systematic anatomy and the politics of visual milieus. In: Sudhoffs Archiv 1/2015.