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Paola Govoni

Associate Professor

Department of Philosophy and Communication Studies

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

Short Bio

Paola Govoni works on science and society in the 19th and 20th centuries, and she is the author of Un pubblico per la scienza (Rome 2002; 2nd repr. 2018]), and of Che cos’è la storia della scienza (Rome 2004, 12th repr. 2016). Paola is Associate Professor at the University of Bologna and she obtained the Abilitazione as Professor of the History of Science (ASN 2016). Her recent representative publications are: 

The Importance of Being Quantified: Herbert Spencer in Liberal Italy (1870s-1910s), and Beyond, in Global Spencerism, edited by B. V. Lightman, Boston: Brill, 2016, pp. 218-240 (Cultural Dynamics of Science Series).

Challenging the Backlash: Women Science Students in Italian Universities (1870s-2000s), in Sciences in the Universities of Europe, 19th and 20th century, edited by A. Simões, K. Gavroglu, M. P. Diogo, Boston: Springer, 2015, pp. 69-88 (Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science).

‘The Power of Weak Competitors: Women Scholars, ‘Popular Science’ and the Building of a Scientific Community in Italy, 1860s-1930s’, Science in Context (2013), 26 (3), 2013, pp. 405-436.

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