Silvia Berger

Lehrbeauftragte HS17

Silvia studied history, political sciences and international law at the University of Zurich and at Humboldt University Berlin. She finished her PhD with a thesis on the History of Bacteriology in Germany in the Wilhelmine Era and the Weimar Republic. Her book "Bakterien in Krieg und Frieden", published 2009 (Wallstein: Göttingen), was awarded with the Henry-E.-Sigerist-Prizse and the Förderpreis of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geschichte der Medizin, Naturwissenschaft und Technik. After fellowships and positions at the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ), the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Berlin and the University of Basel, Silvia was appointed Assistant Professor (Oberassistentin) at Zurich University's Department of History. In the academic year 2013/14 she was Visiting Research Scholar at Columbia University in the City of New York. In 2015 Silvia became Associate Member of the Center "History of Knowledge" at the ETHZ and University of Zurich; she is founding member of the Center's Network "Wissen und Kalter Krieg". In the Fall Semester 2017, Silvia teaches at the Department of History of the University of Basel. 

Her research and teching interests include the history of civil defense and disaster management in a transnational perspective, the underground and vertical infrastructures from the 19th-21st century, bunkers and defensive living, the history of the global Cold War and Cold War Science, the historical anthroplogy of space, body and emotion, the history of bacteriology and infectiology (19th/20th century) and the social and cultural history of World War I. 

Her soon to be finished second book explores the social, scientific and cultural history of the bunker in Cold War Switzerland and beyond. 

For more information go to her Personal Website 

and the Center "History of Knowledge" (ETHZ/UZH)





Silvia Berger Ziauddin: Superpower Underground. Switzerland's Rise to Global Bunker Expertise in the Atomic Age, in: Technology & Culture 58: 4 (2017), S. 921-954.

Silvia Berger Ziauddin, David Eugster, Christa Wirth (eds.): Der kalte Krieg. Kältegrade eines globalen Konflikts, Nach Feierabend. Zürcher Jahrbuch für Wissensgeschichte 13, 2017.