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Zentrum Geschichte des Wissens

Universität Zürich

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich

Zentrum Geschichte des Wissens

Universität Zürich

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich

DOCTORAL PROGRAM

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The doctoral program at the Graduate Center »History of Knowledge« focuses on the history of modern knowledge systems. In contrast to classical history of science, history of knowledge is a rather new approach to examine the prominent position of science within society with a new methodological perspective.

The doctoral program at the Graduate Center »History of Knowledge« combines philosophical and historical research approaches on knowledge production and circulation and its social, economic and cultural dimensions. The doctoral program is part of an emerging field of innovative research on an international level as well as within Switzerland. The program is supported by the Swiss university conference. It is embedded within the Competence Center »History of Knowledge«.

Board

The academic board of the doctoral program consists of eight professors of the ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich who are also members of the ZGW: Monika Dommann, Harald Fischer-Tiné, Svenja Goltermann, David Gugerli, Michael Hagner, Andreas Kilcher, Philipp Sarasin, and Jakob Tanner.
Other faculty of the doctoral program as well as other members of the competence center are available for lectures and as research partners.

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Vojin Saša Vukadinović

Graduiertenkolleg »Geschichte des Wissens«
ETH & Universität Zürich

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EVENTS

Program

The aim of our educational program is to train the doctoral students in a broad range of contents, methods and theories, to qualify them for academic research generally and for interdisciplinary cooperation particularly, especially in networking, scientific publishing and presenting, and the organizing of academic events. The doctoral program creates a working environment in which the students can find qualified contact persons for their issues anytime.

Neue Promovierende am ZGW

Wir begrüssen mit Manuel Bamert und Jonas Schädler zwei neue Promovierende:

Manuel Bamert promoviert bei Andreas Kilcher zu Thomas Manns Lesespuren in dessen Nachlassbibliothek.

Jonas Schädler promoviert bei Monika Dommann am Beispiel der Messtechnik von elektrischem Strom zur Geschichte der Implentierung von Genauigkeit.

Wir wünschen ihnen viel Erfolg mit ihren Dissertationsvorhaben und heissen sie herzlich willkommen am ZGW!

Workshop "1977-2017: 40 Jahre Punk - Wissensgeschichte in Verzerrung"


Workshop mit Fernando Esposito, Alexa Geisthövel, Sven Reichardt, Marion Schulze, Bernhard Steinbrecher

Donnerstag, 27.04.2017
10-16 Uhr, Seminarraum FSW

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Workshop "Medienwissen und Propaganda im Kalten Krieg"


Workshop mit Benno Nietzel

Veranstaltet vom ZGW-Graduiertenkolleg und der Plattform Geschichte der Gegenwart

Freitag, 31.03.2017
10-12 Uhr, Seminarraum FSW

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Promovierendenseminar im FS17

"Was ist Kritik?"

Nur für Mitglieder des Doktoratsprogramms am Zentrum Geschichte des Wissens.

Termine: 

Mo 06.03. 16-18 Uhr
Mo 20.03. 16-18 Uhr
Mo 03.04. 16-18 Uhr
Mo 24.04. 16-18 Uhr
Mo 15.05. 16-18 Uhr
Mo 29.05. 16-18 Uhr

Jeweils im Seminarraum der FSW, Rämistrasse 64.

Leitung: Vojin Sasa Vukadinovic

Workshop "Wissensgeschichte der Arktis"

Workshop "Wissensgeschichte der Arktis: Praktiken, Medien, Räume"
Organisiert von Felix Frey & Lea Pfäffli
08. + 09.11.2016, ETH Zürich, RZ, Clausiusstr. 59, RZ-F-1

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Promovierendenseminar im HS16

"Sammelband als Genre"

Nur für Mitglieder des Doktoratsprogramms am Zentrum Geschichte des Wissens.

Termine (jeweils 16-18 Uhr, Seminarraum FSW): 

05.10. 
17.10.
02.11.
14.11.
30.11.
12.12.

Leitung: Vojin Sasa Vukadinovic

 

 

From thesis to book: How and where to publish your book

Book publication is considered one important requirement in academic career. This post-doc meet-up will give insights into how to chose and find a publisher, how to re-write a thesis as a book, and what time and financial costs to expect. With Adrian Stähli, Editor at Peter Lang for linguistics and English literature, and Prof Matthieu Leimgruber, Associate Professor for 19th and 20th century history at the Research Institute for Social and Economic History (FSW), University of Zurich.

15 September 2016 5.00 – 6.15 pm
Irchel Campus
Winterthurerstr. 190
8057 Zürich

PHD STUDENTS (a-z)

Alexander Alon

studied German Philology, European Folk Literature and Comparative Literature at the Universities of Zurich and Tel Aviv. He graduated 2011 with a Master's thesis on Louis Ginzberg's »Legends of the Jews«. As from 2011 he has been working under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Andreas Kilcher (Chair for Literature and Cultural Studies at the ETH Zurich) on his doctoral thesis within the SNF-funded project »Das Wissen des Zionismus« (»The Knowledge of Zionism«) He has been a collaborator at the edition of Louis Ginzberg's »Legends of the Jews« since 2010. (more)

Dissertationsprojekt: Wissenschaft als Kulturbildung. Planung, Praxis und Popularisierung von zionistischen Forschungsreisen in Palästina als Grundlage einer neuen jüdischen Kultur. (more)

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Boris Buzek

ist seit Juli 2013 Doktorand im Forschungsprojekt 'Condito Extraterrestris' bei SNF-Förderprofessor Philipp Theisohn am Deutschen Seminar der Universität Zürich. Er studierte Architektur in Lausanne und Zürich, sowie 'Geschichte und Philosophie des Wissens' in Zürich. Architektur schloss er 2009 mit einer Arbeit zu gemeinnützigem Wohnungsbau in Zürich ab. Den MAGPW beendete er 2013 mit einer Arbeit in theoretischer Philosophie zu einer pragmatistisch geprägten Verknüpfung von Ästhetik, Glück und Vernunft. (more)

Dissertationsprojekt: The Universe literally. About Cosmos' Self-disclosure. (more)
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Leander Diener

Leander Diener promoviert mit einer historiographischen Arbeit zum Hirnforscher Walter Rudolf Hess bei Flurin Condrau und Michael Hagner. Bald mehr!

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Eneia Dragomir

is a doctoral student of History at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (History of Technology, Prof. David Gugerli). His dissertation is part of the research project Dealing with Human Capital funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. From 2005 to 2012 he studied history, sociology, and philosophy at the Philipps-Universität in Marburg and the University of Zurich. He graduated with a diploma thesis on the formation of identity in questionnaires in the 1960s. (more)

 

Dissertation project (working title): "Das Wissen und Können des Volkes". Rekrutierungspraktiken der Schweizer Armee, 1960-2000. (more)

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Manuel Dür

graduated in history and musicology at the University of Basle in 2013. He is a research and teaching assistant in the Department of History at the University of Zurich (Prof. Dr. Monika Dommann). Since 2014 he’s also a Ph.D. student in the doctoral program of the Center History of Knowledge. By applying new approaches from knowledge history, his dissertation project on the making of antihypertensive drugs at Ciba (1945 to c. 1975) attempts to shed new light on the constitutive era of the development and commercialization of antihypertensive drugs in Europe and the USA. (more)

 

Dissertation project (working title): Hypertension. Ciba and the making of antihypertensive drugs. Emerging networks between industrial laboratories, medical congresses and clinics, 1945 – 1975. (more)

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Lucas Federer

Lucas Federer promoviert mit einer Arbeit zur Geschichte des Trotzkismus in der Schweiz.
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Alban Frei

is a PhD-Student at the Chair for the History of Technology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. 2004-2010 he studied history, literature and geography at the University of Basel. In 2010 he made his degree with a masterthesis about the emergence and function of Volkskunde (cultural anthropology, European ethnology) during the first half of the 20th century in Switzerland. Amongst others he worked for an environmental protection NGO and on a historico-critical edition-project at the University of Zurich. (more)

Dissertation project (working title): Life Sciences in 21th century. A History of Systems Biology in Switzerland (more)
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Felix Frey

Felix Frey is a PhD-Student at the Chair for the History of Technology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. 2008-2014 he studied history and slavic studies in Zurich and Sarajevo and worked as a student Assistant for the SNF funded research project "Energie und Macht. Eine kulturgeschichtliche Betrachtung von der frühen Sowjetzeit bis zum Russland der Gegenwart" at the University of Zurich. (more)

 

Dissertation project: Arctic stokehold. The energetic development of the Kola Peninsula, 1928-1987. (more)

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Peter-Tim Fritz

Peter-Tim Fritz promoviert mit der Arbeit "Vernetztes Deutschland. Die Figur der Vernetzung im populären Wissen der BRD" bei Prof. Dr. Svenja Goltermann.

Projektbeschreibung:

Für die deutsche Populärkultur ist die Rollenbeschreibung der Figur der 
Vernetzung bisher unausgefüllt. Das Dissertationsprojekt fragt nach Gründen und Formen des Vernetzungs-Diskurses in der Bundesrepublik und versteht sich somit als Beitrag zur Geschichte einer Rhetorik des populären Wissens. Warum erfuhr das Phantasma der Vernetzung milieuübergreifend eine solche Konjunktur? Welche Hoffnungen und welche Ängste knüpften sich konkret im Alltag an den Glauben, Netzwerke als effiziente Kooperationsform zu begreifen und komplexe Abläufe mithilfe feingliedriger Netzwerkmodelle zu kartographieren? Der Imperativ der Vernetzung herrschte bereits vor, ehe das als revolutionär apostrophierte „digitale Zeitalter“ seine kulturelle Dominanz in Formen wie Facebook, Twitter und co. zeitigte. Welche Erwartungen sind in diesem Imperativ ablesbar? Ein Abbild opaker Vorgänge und Strukturen, die Interaktion von Menschen, Institutionen und sozio-technischer Systeme jeglicher Art wurde durch die Figur der Vernetzung möglich, unübersichtliche Dynamik durch das Relationale lesbar, Komplexität gleichsam programmierbar und – so die Hoffnung – kontrollierbar. Netze und Netzwerke wurden im Verlauf der zweiten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts zu einer „warmen“ Metapher der sozio-technischen Lebenswelt – Vernetzung zu mehr als einem Modewort. Als Integrationsbegriff antwortete Vernetzung auf die Sorge um soziale Kohäsion und auf das gesellschaftliche Verlangen nach individueller Aktivitätsbereitschaft. Spätestens im Zuge des Aufschwungs neoliberaler Ideologeme fand der Wille zur Vernetzung sein Echo in einer gouvernementalen Praxis kollektiver Selbstkontrolle. Das Oszillieren der Vernetzung zwischen einer Kulturtechnik und einem megalomanen Wahn der Steuerung gilt es in seiner bundesrepublikanischen Spielart im Populären zu verorten. 


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Judith Große

is a doctoral student at the chair for history of the modern world at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich since September 2012. She did her B.A. in History and German Literature at the Humboldt University Berlin and her M.A. in "History and Philosophy of Knowledge" at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Her master thesis is entitled "Sexology and the transnational discourse on prostitution and trafficking in women: three case studies from late-colonial India". (more)

Dissertation project: The crisis of European marriage in an age of imperial globalization (ca. 1900-1933). (more)

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Ruben Marc Hackler

studied history, philosophy, and political science at the Humboldt University and the Free University, both in Berlin. In his M.A. thesis he dealt with the awkward relationship of scientific knowledge, male sexuality, and morality in legal medicine around 1800. Following he started his PhD at the Bielefeld University on the history of jurisdiction in Imperial Germany and the Weimar Republic. Since 2011 he is continuing his PhD under the supervision of Jakob Tanner. (more)

Dissertationsprojekt (working title): The Judicial Persona: A Body History of Judges in Germany, 1870-1930 (more)
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Lukas Held

Lukas Held promoviert bei Prof. Dr. Philipp Sarasin im Rahmen des Cold War Knowledge Project.

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Lucia Herrmann

studied History, Public Law, and Political Science at the University of Zurich and the Universitat de Barcelona. In her Master's thesis "Bones, Graves, and History" she discussed how the opening of mass graves from the time of the Spanish Civil War is shaping today's understanding of history in Spain. Since 2013 she has been working as a scientific assistant at the chair of Prof. Svenja Goltermann at the Department of History at the University of Zurich and is currently preparing her PhD project. (more)

PhD Project (working title): Recht und Gerechtigkeit verhandeln: Debatten über "Politische Gefangene" des franquistischen Regimes. (more)

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Franziska Hupfer

is a PhD-Student at the Chair for the History of Technology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. She received her B.A. in History and German Literature at the University of Fribourg in 2010 and her M.A. in 'History and Philosophy of Knowledge' at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 2013. Her master's thesis was concerned with meteorological networks and nation-building. (more)


Dissertation project (working title): Wind, weather and politics. The institutionalization of meteorology and climatology in Switzerland, 1860-1914 (more)

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Yvonne Ilg

is a doctoral student in the interdisciplinary project "Schizophrenia": Reception, semantic shift, and criticism of a concept in the 20th century (advisor: Prof. Dr. Angelika Linke). 2004-2011 studies in German Language and Literature, History, and Volkskunde (Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology) in Zurich and Berlin. She graduated with a MA thesis in German linguistics on the innovative use and change of vocabulary in talking about taste. The thesis was written in the context of the interdisciplinary project Sensory Semantics and the Semantics of Taste (SenS), where she worked as a student assistant 2009-2010. (more)

Dissertation project (working title): “Geradezu schizophrene Verhältnisse” and “voll schizo”. The re-semantisation of a psychiatric concept in everyday language as a socio-cultural pattern of interpretation in the 20th century. (more)

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Judith Kälin

studierte ab 2008 Geschichte, Religionswissenschaft und Politikwissenschaft an der Universität Zürich sowie der Universidad Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo. Daneben arbeitete sie von 2009 bis 2013 im Staatsarchiv Zürich im Bereich Aktenerschliessung und schrieb für den Elfenbeintürmer, dem Magazin der Zürcher Geschichsstudierenden. Seit 2014 ist sie bei der Fokus AG für Wissen und Organisation tätig. Ihr Studium schloss sie im Sommer 2015 mit einer Masterarbeit zum Thema Korrektionelle Anstaltsversorgung im Kanton Zug (1880 - 1945) bei Frau Prof. Svenja Goltermann ab.

Dissertationsprojekt (Arbeitstitel): Die Organisation sozialer Kontrolle. Mikrogeschichtliche Betrachtungen zum Umgang mit sozialer Devianz im Spannungsfeld von Recht, Medizin und Verwaltung (Zug, 19./20. Jh.). (Betreut durch Prof. Svenja Goltermann)

Manuel Kaiser

Manuel Kaiser promoviert bei Prof. Dr. Philipp Sarasin mit einer Arbeit zur Produktion von Wetter- und Klimawissen und dessen Zirkulation in Publikumsmedien und Populärkultur während des Kalten Krieges. 

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Patrick Kilian

Patrick Kilian promoviert mit einer Arbeit zur Körpergeschichte der Raumfahrt in den populären Medien des Kalten Krieges bei Prof. Dr. Philipp Sarasin. 

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Marina Lienhard

is a doctoral student in the interdisciplinary project "Schizophrenia": Reception, semantic shift, and criticism of a concept in the 20th century (advisor: Prof. Dr. Jakob Tanner). From 2006 to 2013 she studied history, film studies, and popular culture at the University of Zurich. She graduated with a master thesis on whiteness and othering in the correspondence of the Swiss Tropical School and its alumni between 1943 and 1981. (more)

 

Dissertation project (working title): "A family-borne disease". Schizophrenie und Familie als Forschungszusammenhang, 1948-1983(more)

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Hannes Mangold

is a PhD-Student at the Chair for the History of Technology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (Prof. David Gugerli). From 2005 to 2012 he studied German literature and linguistics, and economics at the Universities of Bern, Berlin (FU) and Fribourg. He graduated with a master thesis on the form and function of police computer systems in German fiction and films. (more)

 

PhD Project: Computational Police. Data Processing in the Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt), 1961-1984. (more)

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Sibylle Marti

studied General History, Media and Communication Sciences, and Political Sciences at the University of Zurich from 2001 to 2008 (Masters’s degree). From 2002-2007 she worked at the State Archives of the Canton of Zurich. From 2008 to 2010 she was the Executive Secretary of the Competence Centre «History of Knowledge» of ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich. Since January 2010 she is a Scientific Assistant at the chair of Professor Dr Philipp Sarasin at the Research Unit for Social and Economic History at the University of Zurich. (more)

Dissertation project (working title): Nuclear Fear and Radiation Safety in Switzerland, 1945-1990 (more)
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Jacqueline Martinelli

Jacqueline Martinelli promoviert zur Geschichte von AIDS in der Schweiz.
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Anna Mohr

started her PhD in March 2012 at the Chair for the History of the Modern World. She studied physics in Leipzig, Cape Town and Berlin from 2002 to 2008. She completed the Master program for the history and philosophy of knowledge at ETH Zurich, and graduated with a master thesis on the circulation of statistical knowledge in the British Empire. (more)

Dissertation project (working title): Travelling Numbers: Medicine, the Empire, and the Making of Modern Statistics. (more)

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Joanna Nowotny

is a PhD student at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, working at the chair of Prof. Dr. Andreas Kilcher (project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation). She studied German Studies, Art History and Philosophy at the Universities of Bern and Vienna and completed her M.A. in 2012. Her thesis consisted of a rereading of Franz Kafka's Trial, consulting the works of Sören Kierkegaard. During her studies she worked as an assistant at the University of Bern and was involved in various art projects. (more)

Dissertation project (working title):  "Kierkegaard is a Jew!" The Jewish reception of Sören Kierkegaard around 1900 (more)

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Lea Pfäffli

is a doctoral student in history of technology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Prof. David Gugerli). Her dissertation is part of the research project Raumerschliessung und Forschungsförderung: Zur Interaktion zwischen Naturwissenschaften und Bundesstaat im 19. Jahrhundert funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. She studied history and economics, constitutional law and film studies and worked in different exhibition projects in Zurich and Berlin, among others on the history of German philology in 19th century. (more)

Dissertation project (working title): Polarwissen. Koloniale Netze und Körper im Eis (more)

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Romila Storjohann

Romila Storjohann promoviert mit der Arbeit "Vernunftmotive" bei Prof. Dr. Lutz Wingert.

Projektbeschreibung:

Ganz allgemein gesprochen ist Rationalität oder Vernunft das Hauptuntersuchungsobjekt der Dissertation. Einerseits soll die Funktionsweise von Rationalität – verstanden als eine Praxis des gegenseitigen Gebens und Nehmens von Gründen – detailliert untersucht werden (I). Andererseits sollen – ausgehend von dieser genauen Analyse – strukturelle Komponenten von, wie auch ermöglichende sowie konstitutive Bedingungen für diese Rationalität erwogen werden (II). Zwei Fragen stehen dementsprechend im Zentrum der Arbeit: I) Wie werden Begründungen gebildet? II) Wie wird die Bildung dieser Begründungen überhaupt möglich?

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Ariane Totzke

Ariane Totzke, born 1983 in Wuppertal, studied German Studies and Philosophy at the Universities of Bochum and Trier. She completed her master thesis on the topic of Masculinity and Economy in Thomas Mann in 2012. 2012-2013 she got initial funding from the doctoral program in Literary Studies of the University of Basel and worked as research assistant at the chair of Modern German Literature at the University of Trier. Since 2013 she is a research assistant at the chair of Literary and Cultural Studies of ETH Zürich and at the same time at the chair of Modern German Literature at the University of Basel. Her PhD thesis about discourses of productivity and masculinity in the early work of Thomas Mann is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. (more)

Dissertation Project: The Homunculus Oeconomicus at work. Productivity and Masculinity in the early Work of Thomas Mann. 

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Gianna Virginia Weber

studied General History, German Literature and Political Science at the University of Zurich. She graduated in 2011 and wrote her master's thesis on the child indentureship system of the city of Zurich (1921-1960). Afterwards she worked as a research assistent at University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Honolulu, and for the Alfred Escher-Foundation in Zurich. In 2012, she began her PhD project at the Research Center for Social and Economic History and is a graduate student of the Doctoral Program at the Institute of History at the University of Zurich. (more)

 

PhD project (working title): The Swiss Child Indentureship System ("Verdingkinderwesen") in the Cantons of Zurich, Berne and Basel (20th Century) – a Comparison. (more)
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Bettina Zangerl

is a doctoral student in the doctoral program at the Graduate Center of the ZGW. She is pursuing her doctoral degree with Svenja Goltermann. The working title of her dissertation is: »Überlebende - Zur Geschichte eines psychiatrischen Konzepts.«

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Alumni

Carlos Acosta 2015-2016
Malte Bachem 2011-2015
Simon Bundi 2013-2015
Maurice Erb 2008-2011
Onur Erdur 2010-2015
Kijan Espahangizi 2008-2010
David Eugster 2010-2015
Pascal Germann 2008-2015
Lea Haller 2008-2012
Niklaus Ingold 2008-2013
Anna Joss 2008-2013
Ulrich Koch 2008-2012
Jonathan Pärli 2014-2016
Svenja Matusall 2009-2012
Tobias Scheidegger (UZH) 2008-2015
Martin Schüle 2008-2010
Magdaléna Stárková 2012-2013
Ernst-Christian Steinecke 2011-2014
Ariane Tanner 2009-2010
Martin Viehhauser 2008-2012
Koni Weber 2008-2013
Martina Wernli 2008-2010
Daniela Zetti 2009-2013