Dr. Jana Madlen Schütte


Born in Göttingen in 1984; 2004-2009: Study of History and German (with the intention of becoming a teacher) at Goettingen University; 12/2009: Simultaneous acquirement of the German Staatsexamen and Magister Artium in Medieval and Modern History as well as in German Language and Literature; 01/2007-12/2009: work as a student assistant for Prof. Michael Sauer; 12/2009-03/2010: work as research associate for Prof. Michael Sauer; since 1/04/2010: scholarship holder at the Research Training Group “Expert Cultures from the Twelfth to Sixteenth Century” in Göttingen.

My PhD project:

Medizin im Konflikt. Die medizinischen Fakultäten Wien, Köln und Leipzig vom 14. bis zum 16. Jahrhundert

The aim of my project is to explore the ways in which medical faculties at pre-modern European universities related to and perceived other academics. I focus especially on the ways in which the members of medical faculties collectively portrayed themselves as group of societal rank. Further, I concentrate on the conflicts arising out of the medical faculties’ competition with other academics at the university as well as with non-academics skilled in the art of healing.

My project will be arranged according to case studies of the universities of Vienna, Cologne and Leipzig. My sources include philosophical tracts, university statutes of incorporation, letters, speeches and university records. Since the foundation of universities and the initial establishment of a certain inner hierarchy, conflicts consistently occured – especially between the faculty of medicine and the faculty of law. My aim will be to observe the “contest of faculties” from the 14th down to the end of the 16th century and to analyse the medical faculties’ relationship with the theologians and the arts.

The university and hence the medical faculty present a field of vital importance to the making of expert culture. In accordance with the central concerns of the Research Training Group "Expert Cultures from the Twelfth to the Sixteenth Century" I am aiming to examine how medical scholars stylised themselves as experts, how their relationship with other fields of academia as well as with alternative forms of medicine can be described and how important the ambivalence between Systemvertrauen and criticism of experts exactly was to academic medicine.


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