Max Stadler received a Ph.D. in the history of science, technology and medicine from CHoSTM, Imperial College, London in 2010. He also holds a MSc in the history of science, technology and medicine and a BSc in cognitive science.
His current project "The User. Psychology, Machines, Design, 1930-1980" concerns a genealogy of that category – user – as a model of late modern thinking and doing: a history of the ways cognition and perception in the 20th century was shaped, enhanced and mediated: by machines; in sites such as factories, office-spaces and zones of war; and by disciplines such as ergonomics, human factors engineering, and industrial design.
Max, together with Michael Hagner, also co-directs the research project "Augenarbeit – Visual Performance and Visual Design" at Eikones, NCCR Bildkritik, University of Basel.
Prior to coming to ETH, he was a pre- and post-doctoral fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science (2009-2010) and an associate researcher at the Volkswagenstiftungs-project "critical neuroscience", where he continued to pursue his doctoral research interests in the history of the nervous system in the 20th century. The two workshops he co-organized, "Membranes, Surfaces and Boundaries" (MPIWG Berlin, October 2010) and "Neuro-Reality Check" (MPIWG Berlin, December 2011), were/are by-products of this work; a related book manuscript, titled "Unnatural Knowledge. The Physiology of Modern Things," is also in preparation.