Jun.-Prof. Dr. Stefanie Gänger
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Modern and Contemporary History, University of Cologne
Since 2013, Stefanie Gänger has been Junior Professor of Iberian and Latin American History at the University of Cologne. Prior to this she studied and researched in Augsburg, Seville, Cambridge and Berlin, as well as in Konstanz as part of the Leibniz Prize research team “Global Processes” led by Jürgen Osterhammel. Gänger, whose main interests lie in the history of science and medicine from the 18th to the early 20th century, has broken new ground with her consistent integration of Latin America into global historical frameworks. Her first monograph dealt with the collection and generation of knowledge of and about Pre-Hispanic objects and the development of archaeology in Peru and Chile. Her second book discusses the history of the worldwide use of, and global trade in, medicinal plants from South America. Here too, Gänger – who is internationally well networked with researchers in the history of science and global history – adopts a genuinely global historical approach. Her use of sources from many parts of the world in different languages is remarkable in its own right.