Inklusion / Exklusion

LUDWIG PRANDTL

When you’re looking at this photograph, can you account for the other people who were involved in the production of the flow channel without whom Ludwig Prandtl, Head of the Aerodynamic Research Station Göttingen, would not have become the “father of flow research”? LUDWIG PRANDTL (1875–1953), 1930s, photograph (reproduction), City Museum Göttingen

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DOROTHEA VON SCHLÖZER

DOROTHEA VON SCHLÖZER (1770–1825), Philosopher and one of the so-called “University Housekeepers”, Silhouettes from Gregorius von Berzeviczy’s friendship album, artist unknown, around 1784-1786, Silhouettes (reproduction), Art Collection of the University of Göttingen

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THERESE FORSTER

THERESE FORSTER (1764–1829), Author, translator, editor and one of the so-called “University Housekeepers”, Silhouettes from Gregorius von Berzeviczy’ friendship album, artist unknown, around 1784-1786, Silhouettes (reproduction), Art Collection of the University of Göttingen

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SOPHIA MARGARETHE DOROTHEA FORKEL

SOPHIA MARGARETHE DOROTHEA FORKEL (1765–1853), Author, translator of contemporary political works and one of the so-called “University Housekeepers”, Silhouettes from Gregorius von Berzeviczy’ friendship album, artist unknown, around 1784-1786, Silhouettes (reproduction), Art Collection of the University of Göttingen

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DOROTHEA VON SCHLÖZER PAINTING

With the open book, which contains mathematical formulas, the portrait of Dorothea von Schlözer places Schlözer in the tradition of classical scholarship. However, not all of Schlözer’s contemporaries agreed with such a representation. DOROTHEA VON SCHLÖZER (1770–1825), One of the so-called “University Housekeepers”, Friedrich Carl Gröger, around 1794, oil on canvas, State and University Library of

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DOROTHEA VON SCHLÖZER

From the 17th century onwards, new places of knowledge had arisen through princely courts, academies and scholarly salons, which offered certain opportunities for women, especially those coming from noble backgrounds. Yet, the path to the university was still reserved for men. Dorothea von Schlözer (1770-1825) overcame the first hurdle on the way to a university

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WHO REPRESENTS THE UNIVERSITY?

A portrait book is not a neutral compilation but a selection. It puts certain people into a group and excludes others from it. The selection only follows the individual criteria of the publishers on a superficial level. After all, contemporary ideas of belonging matter as well. This shows itself particularly momentously in the time of

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COUPLES

With the advent of photography in the second half of the 19th century new pictorial motifs were created. In addition to studio shots, there was a steady increase of scholars being depicted in private environments. Compositions of couples were a particularly popular motif. The images transport a contemporary gender relationship, that assigns men and women

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HIGHLY COMPETITIVE PORTRAITS

The doctorate of Dorothea von  Schlözer caused upheaval far beyond Göttingen. Many of her contemporaries saw it as a transgression of current gender roles. This included former Göttingen student Wilhelm Friedrich August Mackensen (1768-1798) who recalled dismissively: Schlözer would lose her femininity over her learnedness. He was particularly offended by the fact that even during

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