Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter


Dr. Tizian Zumthurm

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

office: Am Neuen Markt 1, room 2.17
phone: 0331/28991-27
fax: 0331/28991-40

E-Mail: tizian.zumthurm [at] zzf-potsdam.de


Since August 2022
Postdoctoral Researcher at the Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History, Potsdam

September 2020 to April 2022
Postdoctoral Researcher at the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH)

January 2018 to July 2020
Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for the History of Medicine, University of Bern

February 2014 to December 2017
Doctoral Student at the Institute for the History of Medicine of the University of Bern within the SNSF-Project "Medical Practice and International Networks. Albert Schweitzer's Hospital in Lambarene, 1913-1965"

February to July 2017
Honorary Fellow at the African Studies Program, UW-Madison

September 2010 to January 2013
Master in African Studies (focus: History), University of Basel
Research in Windhoek and Johannesburg

September 2012 to January 2013
Student Assistant at the Department of History, University of Basel

September 2007 to June 2010
Bachelor in Contemporary History and English Literature, University of Fribourg

February to June 2009
Semester Study Abroad at the University of Cape Town


  • Research project
    A platform to collect COVID19 related photos, videos, stories and interviews from/with ordinary people living or working in Luxembourg

    The COVID-19 pandemic is an event whose historic dimension is immediately obvious. Comparisons with the Spanish... » zum Projekt

  • Research project
    (in preparation)

    Laughter is the best medicine, so it goes. The science behind the saying, however, is not clear at all. Research on laughter – gelotology – has been faced with various difficulties. The project aims to investigate how a... » zum Projekt



Practicing Biomedicine at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital 1913-1965: Ideas and Improvisations, Brill 2020. Open Access URL: https://brill.com/view/title/55176 

In preparation: Hines Mabika Ognandzi, Hubert Steinke, Tizian Zumthurm: "Schweitzer's Lambaréné: A Hospital in Colonial Africa" (working title). 


Articles (peer-reviewed)

Tizian Zumthurm, Stefan Krebs: “Collecting Memories of the Pandemic for Future Historians (of Technology).” In: Technology and Culture, 63/2 (2022): 483-493: OA URL: https://doi.org/10.1353/tech.2022.0059.

Tizian Zumthurm, Stefan Krebs: “Public COVID-19 Digital Memory Banks: Chances and Challenges for Historians of Education”. In: Paedagogica Historica Special Issue ‘Histories of the Present and Histories of the Past: Pandemics and Historians of Education’, (2022). Pre-print: https://doi.org/10.1080/00309230.2021.2017987.

“Crowdsourced COVID-19 Collections: A brief overview”. In: International Public History, 4/1 (2021): 77-83. OA URL: https://doi.org/10.1515/iph-2021-2021

“The Colonial Situation in Practice: Food at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital, Lambaréné 1924-65.” In: International Journal of African Historical Studies, 53/1 (2020): 47-69.

Stefan Grab, Tizian Zumthurm: “’Everything is scorched by the burning sun’: Missionary perspectives and experiences of 19th and early 20th century droughts in semi-arid central Namibia.” In: Climate of the Past, 16 (2020). OA URL: https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-16-679-2020.

Stefan Grab, Tizian Zumthurm: “’The land and its climate knows no transition, no middle ground, everywhere too much or too little’: A documentary-based climate chronology for central Namibia, 1845-1900.” In: International Journal of Climatology, 38/S1 (2018): e643-e659.


Reports, Reviews, etc.

In preparation: “HIC Conversation with Thorsten Logge, Stefan Krebs, Mark Tebeau, and Tizian Zumthurm edited by Charlotte A. Lerg
Documenting COVID-19 for Future Historians?” In: History of Intellectual Culture (International Yearbook of Knowledge and Society), (October 2022).

“Das Archivieren der Pandemie: Rapid Response Collecting in Luxemburg”. In: Les cahiers luxembourgeois, 2021-1, 113-119.

Public Covid-19 Collections and the Second Wave: History and Challenges, international workshop at the C²DH (online), 26 November 2020; URL: https://www.hsozkult.de/conferencereport/id/tagungsberichte-8871 (with Marco Gabellini).

Les collections Covid-19 au Luxembourg, round table at the University of Luxembourg, 15 September 2020. URL: https://www.c2dh.uni.lu/thinkering/gap-and-future-covid-19-and-digital-collecting

Review: Niklaus Ingold, Sibylle Marti, Dominic Studer: Strahlenmedizin. Krebstherapie, Forschung und Politik in der Schweiz, 1920–1990, Zürich 2017. In: Berner Zeitschrift für Geschichte, 81/2 (2019): 60-62.

Review: Linda Ratschiller and Siegfried Weichlein (Eds.): Der schwarze Körper als Missionsgebiet: Medizin, Ethnologie, Theologie in Afrika und Europa 1880-1960, Köln 2016. In: Medical History, 61/1 (2017): 160-162.

Review: Laurence Monnais: Médicaments coloniaux. L'Expérience vietnamienne, 1905–1940, Paris 2014. In: Gesnerus, 73/1 (2016): 187-189.

Review: Michael A. Osborne: The Emergence of Tropical Medicine in France, Chicago 2014. In: Gesnerus, 73/1 (2016): 189-191.