Dr Daniela Helbig

F07 - Carslaw Building
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

MSc (Physics), Free University Berlin; PhD (History of Science), Harvard University

Research interests

My research is primarily concerned with the history of technology and its implications for the theory of history. I am interested in the historical constitution of an opposition between science and ordinary experience, framed in concepts such as 'life-world'. I mainly work in the context of modern European intellectual history and science, but also have a long-standing interest in science and technology in the Middle East.

Current projects

I am currently completing a book on the German test pilot and physicist Melitta Schiller-Stauffenberg (1903-1945). It examines the intersection between techno-scientific aviation research and the construction of historical and biographical narratives, and reassesses the role of technology in the transition from the Weimar republic to National Socialist Germany.

More recently I have begun working on the transformation of historiography through archaeological remote sensing. I have written on aerial photography as an archaeological tool in Mandate Syria and Lebanon in the 1920s and -30s, and am now taking this approach forward to satellite- and laser-based investigations of the human past from above through the archaeological appropriation of military surveillance technologies.

Selected grants

2013

  • Sydney Intellectual History Network; Milam J, Aspromourgos A, Borghesi F, Caine B, Ferng J, Fitzmaurice A, Gaukroger S, Helbig D, Karalis V, Kerridge I, Macarthur D, Nassar D, Redding P, Sadurski W, Sevel M, Sluga G, Smith M, Waldow A, Walton K; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Helbig, D. (2016). Denktagebucher? Zur textuellen Form der Schwarzen Hefte. In Marion Heinz and Sidonie Kellerer (Eds.), Martin Heideggers "Schwarze Hefte": Eine philosophisch-politische Debatte, (pp. 310-325). Berlin: Suhrkamp.

Journals

  • Helbig, D. (2016). La Trace de Rome? Aerial Photography and Archaeology in Mandate Syria and Lebanon. History of Photography, 40(3), 283-300. [More Information]
  • Helbig, D., Nassar, D. (2016). The metaphor of epigenesis: Kant, Blumenbach and Herder. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 58, 98-107. [More Information]
  • Loebel, A., Silberberg, G., Helbig, D., Markram, H., Tsodyks, M., Richardson, M. (2009). Multiquantal release underlies the distribution of synaptic efficacies in the neocortex. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, 3, 1-13. [More Information]

2016

  • Helbig, D. (2016). Denktagebucher? Zur textuellen Form der Schwarzen Hefte. In Marion Heinz and Sidonie Kellerer (Eds.), Martin Heideggers "Schwarze Hefte": Eine philosophisch-politische Debatte, (pp. 310-325). Berlin: Suhrkamp.
  • Helbig, D. (2016). La Trace de Rome? Aerial Photography and Archaeology in Mandate Syria and Lebanon. History of Photography, 40(3), 283-300. [More Information]
  • Helbig, D., Nassar, D. (2016). The metaphor of epigenesis: Kant, Blumenbach and Herder. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 58, 98-107. [More Information]

2009

  • Loebel, A., Silberberg, G., Helbig, D., Markram, H., Tsodyks, M., Richardson, M. (2009). Multiquantal release underlies the distribution of synaptic efficacies in the neocortex. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, 3, 1-13. [More Information]

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