Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Learning from Alzheimer's Disease

Alfred Freeborn

PhD Research Scholar






Email:                      alfred.freeborn (at)

Visiting address:     Friedrichsstraße 191-193, Raum 4012

Phone number:       (030)2093-70557

Fax:                         (030)2093-70624

Mailing address:      Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin


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Research Interest

  • History of post-1945 Anglo-American Psychiatry.
  • History and philosophy of biomedical models of schizophrenia.
  • History of brain imaging techniques.



  • PhD at the Chair for History of Science, Humboldt University Berlin, since October 2016, funded through ETH Zurich's "The Branco Weiss Fellowship - Society in Science".
  • MPhil. History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University, 2015 - 2016.
  • BA. History, Cambridge University, 2012 - 2015.



Reviews and Position Papers

Alfred Freeborn, “Karine Chemla and Evelyn Fox Keller: Cultures Without Culturalism: The Making of Scientific Knowledge,” Journal for General Philosophy of Science 50, no. 4 (December 1, 2019): 587–92,

Alfred Freeborn, “The History of the Brain and Mind Sciences,” History of the Human Sciences 32, no. 3 (July 2019): 145–54,



  • "What was "Biological" about the "Biological Revolution" in Psychiatry?", 2018 Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference, University of Exeter 7 - 8 Jun 2018.
  • "Measuring the 'Broken Brain': Neuroimaging and the "Biological Revolution" in American and British Psychiatry, Annual Conference of the American Association of the History of Medicine, UCLA 10 May 2018.
  • "What was 'Biological' about the 'Biological Revolution' in Psychiatry?" Institutskolloquium Insitut für Ethik, Geschichte und Theorie der Medizin, Universität Lübeck 16 Apr 2018.
  • "Neuroimaging and the Late-Modern 'Biological Revolution' in Psychiatry, 1976-2005", Kolloquium zur Gechichte des Wissens, Humboldt-Universität Berlin, 12 Jul 2017.
  • "Niklas Luhmann and the Observation of Modern Science", The Past, Present and Future of Integrated HPS: An International Postgraduate Forum, University of Leeds 13 - 14 Jan 2017.