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Francesca Antonelli

Research fellow

Department of Philosophy and Communication Studies

Academic discipline: M-STO/05 History of Science and Technology

Curriculum vitae



- Ph.D. candidate in History of Science (nov. 2017-present)

University of Bologna - École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris


Ph.D Program in Philosophy, Science, Cognition, and Semiotics. Dissertation on Madame Lavoisier (1758-1836). Supervisors: Marco Beretta (University of Bologna) and Antonella Romano (EHESS, Paris). Expected graduation in 2020.


- MA in Philosophical Sciences, with honors (nov. 2013 - mar. 2017)

University of Bologna


MA thesis in History of Science. Title: “Lavoisier e la musica: dalle serate d’opera alle inedite Notes sur la Musique” (“Lavoisier and music: from the operas to the unpublished Notes sur la Musique”). Supervisor: Marco Beretta. Co-supervisor: Marco Ciardi.


Erasmus exchange program, University of Toulouse II - Le Mirail (5 months)


- BA in Philosophy, with honors (nov. 2009 - nov. 2013)

University of Bologna


BA thesis in History of Science. Title: “L’Accademia pistoiese di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti. Breve storia di un’istituzione (1743-1848)” (“The Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts of Pistoia. A short history of an institution (1743-1848)”). Supervisor: Marco Ciardi




- with Marco Beretta, Alchimia e chimica nel Settecento. Antologia di testi, Milano: Editrice Bibliografica, 2018.


- “Lavoisier and Music: an Analysis of Notes sur la Musique (1778) within Its Cultural Context”, Nuncius. Journal of the Material and Visual History of Science, 2018, 33(3):585-630.


-“Tra scienza e storia. L’altro volto dell’Accademia pistoiese di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti (1743-1848)” (“Between science and history. The unknown identity of the Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts of Pistoia (1743-1848)”), Storialocale, 2016, 28:4-31.



  - Meghan K. Roberts, Sentimental Savants. Philosophical Families in Enlightenment France, Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2016, Nuncius. Journal of the Material and Visual History of Science,2018, 33(2):379–381.


- Adeline Gargam (edited by), Femmes des sciences de l’Antiquité au XIXe siècle. Réalités et représentations, Dijon: Edition Universitaires de Dijon, 2014, Nuncius. Journal of the Material and Visual History of Science, 2017, 32(3):775-77.


Work in progress

-“Weighing Authority. Lavoisier’s and Séguin’s Reassessment of Santorio’s Experiments on Transpiration,” in Jonathan Barry and Fabrizio Bigotti (edited by), Santorio Santori and the Doctrine of Effluvia. Corpuscularianism, Quantification and Experimentation in Early Modern Medicine and Natural Philosophy (1614-1784) [submitted].


Conferences and presentations


- "Une assistante invisible ? Madame Lavoisier et ses contemporains (1758-1836)", Journées Jeunes Chercheurs | SFHTS, Université Paris Diderot, Novembre 24, 2018.


- "Representations of Women in Madame Lavoisier's Correspondence", Female Networks: Gendered Ways of Producing Knowledge (1750-1830), King's College, London, September 13, 2018.


- “Lavoisier’s unpublished Notes sur la Musique. Some new remarks”, ESHSS International Conference 2017, section: Seminar for the History of Science. University of Bari (Italy), July 13, 2017.


- “Pistoia e la scienza. Storia poco nota dell’Accademia pistoiese di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti (1743-1848)” (“The unknown history of the Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts of Pistoia”). Lecture at the Municipal Library of Pistoia (Italy), for the project “Pistoia Italian Capital of Culture 2017”, funded by Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, October 18, 2016.


Workshops and seminars


- "Sciences et savoirs de la Méditeranée au monde", École Française de Rome, October 22-26, 2018. Title of my presentation: "Sociabilité, savoirs et stratégies de persuasion : Madame Lavoisier promotrice de la chimie nouvelle", October 24, 2018.


Professional services


- Assistant Managing Editor for Nuncius. Journal of the Material and Visual History of Science (editor-in-chief: Prof. Maria Conforti). Nov. 2018-present


- Teaching Assistant: History of Science (instructor: Prof. Marco Beretta), University of Bologna, Department of Philosophy and Communication. Nov. 2017-present


Professional memberships


- Elected Member of CIS (International Center for the History of Universities and Sciences)

- Member of the History of Science Society

-Member of the Italian Society for the History of Science




- Italian: native speaker

- French: fluent (listening, reading, speaking and writing)

- English: fluent (listening and reading); intermediate (speaking and writing)

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