Florian
 
Schmaltz
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Dr. Florian Schmaltz

Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam
Am Neuen Markt 1
14467 Potsdam

office: Am Neuen Markt 9d, room E.09

Mail: florian.schmaltz [at] zzf-potsdam.de

Vita

since 01/2024 Associated researcher at  ZZF Potsdam in Dep.II: Knowledge – Economy – Politics

01/2023 - 12/2023 Research associate at  ZZF Potsdam in Dep.II: Knowledge – Economy – Politics

Florian Schmaltz was project leader of the Research Program History of the Max Planck Society at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin (2014 - 2022) and co-chair of the Historical Commission "History of the Medical Faculty of the ‘Reichsuniverstität Straßburg’" (2016 - 2022). After studying history, literature, philosophy at the University of Hamburg and the FU Berlin, he was working in the research program of the Presidential Commission "History of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society under National Socialism" (2000-2004) and was awarded a doctorate at the University of Bremen with his dissertation Kampfstoff-Forschung im Nationalsozialismus. Zur Kooperation von Kaiser-Wilhelm-Instituten, Militär und Industrie (Chemical Weapons Research in National Socialism. On the Cooperation of Kaiser Wilhelm Institutes, Military and Industry). Subsequently, he was a research associate at the Historical Seminar of the Goethe University Frankfurt (2004-2009), scholar in residence at the Research Institute of the Deutsche Museum (2010), research assistant at the University of Regensburg (2011) and research scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science since 2013. His research focuses on the historical epistemology of scientific institutions, their research practices, working methods, structures, and results, as well as their interconnections with economy, society, politics, and culture. One research focus is the study of the interrelationships and interdependencies between science, the military, and industry. Other topics of his research include the history of chemical weapons research, the I.G. Farbenindustrie under National Socialism and the concentration camp at Auschwitz-Monowitz, criminal human experimentation, and the history of aviation research in the 20th century. In addition to the history of the Max Planck Society, he is currently engaged in work on the history of institutions, focusing on research on fluid mechanics at the Aerodynamische Versuchsanstalt in Göttingen and its outposts in the occupied territories under the rule of the Nazi regime during World War II.

Projects

Publications

Jürgen Renn, Carsten Reinhard, Jürgen Kocka, Florian Schmaltz, Birgit Kolboske, Jaromir Balcar and Alexander von Schwerin (eds.): Die Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. Wissenschafts- und Zeitgeschichte 1945-2002, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht Forthcoming, February 2024:

https://www.vr-elibrary.de/doi/pdf/10.13109/9783666993640

 

Christian Bonah, Florian Schmaltz and Paul Weindling (eds.): La faculté de medicine de la Reichsuniversität Straßburg et l’hôpital civil sous l’annexion de fait nationale-socialiste 1940-1945. Vie des cliniques au quotidien, expérimentations humaines criminelles, collections médico-scientifiques, biographies des victimes et du personell de la faculté de médicine et préconisations concernant les politiques mémorielles. Strasbourg: Université de Strasbourg 2022, 596 pp. https://www.unistra.fr/fileadmin/upload/unistra/universite/historique/Rapport_final_Reichsuniversitat_Strassburg_corr.pdf

 

Bretislav Friedrich, Dieter Hoffmann, Florian Schmaltz, Martin Wolf and Jürgen Renn (eds.): 100 Years of Chemical Warfare. Research, Deployment, Consequenses, Chalm: Springer, 2017, 408 pp. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-51664-6

 

Sören Flachowsky, Rüdiger Hachtmann and Florian Schmaltz (eds.), Ressourcenmobilisierung. Wissenschaftspolitik, Forschungspraxis im NS-Herrschaftssystem, Göttingen: Wallstein-Verlag 2016, 631 pp.

 

Articles & book sections

 

Reichsforschungsrat, in: Albrecht Codes, Heinrich de Wall, Hans-Peter Haferkamp, Bernd Kannowski, Heiner Lück, Dieter Werkmüller and Christa Bertelsmeier-Kierst (eds.): Handwörterbuch zur deutschen Rechtsgeschichte. 2. völlig überarbeitete und erweiterte Auflage. Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag, 2023, pp. 1489-1491.

 

with Frank W. Stahnisch and Sascha Topp: On the History of Neuroscience Research in the Max Planck Society, 1948–2002 - German, European, and transatlantic perspectives: Introduction, in: Journal of the History of the Neurosciences 32 (2023), 2, pp. 2-10 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/0964704X.2023.2179779

 

Brain Research on Nazi ‚euthanasia‘ victims: Legal conflicts Sourrounding Scientology’s Instrumentalization of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society’s History against the Max Planck Society, in: Journal of the History of the Neurosciences 32 (2023), pp. 240-264. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/0964704X.2021.2019553

 

Wolfgang Wirth, in: Neue Deutsche Biographie. NDB-online, published on 1 October 2022. URL: https://www.deutsche-biographie.de/129936901.html# 

 

»Ostvermögen« und Häftlingsproteste: Die Hauptversammlungen der IG Farben in Liquidation seit den 1990er Jahren, in: Alexander Jehn, Albrecht Kirschner und Nicola Wurthmann (eds.): IG Farben zwischen Schuld und Profit. Abwicklung eines Weltkonzerns, Marburg: Historische Kommission für Hessen 2022, pp. 263-305.

Lectures

15 Nov. .2023 International Society for the History of the Neurosciences. Virtual Monthly Seminar

Lecture: Scientology, the Max Planck Society and the Legacies of Brain Research ión Nazi »Euthanasia« Victims

 

31. Oct. 2023 Literatuherbst Göttingen, 7 pm at Paulinerkirche, Göttingen

Lecture: The Max Planck Gesellschaft. History of Science and Contemporary History, 1945-2005

Chair: Helmut Grubmüller (Max-Planck-Instiut für multdisziplinäre Naturwissenschaften)

 

12. Oct. 2023 Gedenkstätte Hadamar

Lecture: "Scientology, the Max Planck Society, and the Controversies over the Past of Nazi Psychiatry and Brain Research on Nazi 'Euthanasia' Victims."

Conference: The Rediscovery of Nazi Killing of Patients. Social Debates about the Nazi "Euthanasia" in the 1970s and 1980s.

 

23. Feb. 2023  Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg)

Lecture: "The History of the KWG/MPG. For what purpose and to what end does one write the history of an institution?".

Seminar Series 100 Years of Public Law. International, transnational, comparative. On the History of the Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law 1924-2024.