Paola Bertucci

Assistant Professor of History and in the History of Medicine

Research Interests

Science and the arts; Science and secrecy; History of scientific collections; History of science and medicine 1400-1800

Current Projects

  • Science and the mechanical arts in eighteenth century France
  • Collections of scientific instruments and material culture of science in the 18th century
  • Electrical experiments on human bodies: gender and sexual metaphors in the Age of Enlightenment

Selected Publications

  • “Enlightened Secrets: Silk, Industrial Espionage, and Intelligent Travel in 18th-century France”, Technology and Culture, October 2013
  • "The in/visible woman: Mariangela Ardinghelli (1730-1824) and the circulation of natural knowledge between Paris and Naples", Isis 104 (2013): 226-49
  • “Designing the house of knowledge in 18th-century Naples: the ephemeral museum of Ferdinando Spinelli, Prince of Tarsia”, in Jim Bennett, Sofia Talas (eds), Making Science Public in the Eighteenth Century: The role of Cabinets of Experimental Philosophy, Brill (2013)
  • "Architecture of knowledge: Science, collecting and display in 18th-century Naples", in Helen Hills, Melissa Calaresu (eds.), New cultural approaches on Neapolitan culture, Aldershot: Ashgate (2013)
  • "Shocking Subjects. Human experiments and the material culture of electrotherapeutics in 18th-century England", forthcoming
  • “Enlightening Towers: Public Opinion, Local Authorities and the Reformation of Meteorology in Eighteenth Century Italy”, in Playing with Fire: The cultural History of the Lightning Rod, P. Heering, O. Hochadel, D. Rhees (eds.), Philadelphia: The American Philosophical Society, 2009
  • “Domestic Spectacles: electrical demonstrations between business and conversation”, in Christine Blondel, Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent (eds.), Science and Spectacle in the European Enlightenment, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008
  • Viaggio nel paese delle meraviglie. Scienza e curiosità nell’Italia del Settecento [A journey in wonderland. Science and curiosity in eighteenth-century Italy]. Torino: Bollati Boringhieri, 2007
  • “Therapeutic attractions: early applications of electricity to the art of healing” in H.A. Whitaker, C.U.M. Smith, S. Finger (eds.) Brain, Mind and Medicine: Essays in Eighteenth-Century Neuroscience, Boton: Springer, 2007
  • “Revealing Sparks. John Wesley and the religious utility of electrical healing”, British Journal for the History of Science, 39 (2006), 341-62

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