A Destiny of Her Own: A thousand years of “Hidden Figures” in Italian Science
This short, 6-week course will explore the fascinating stories of six Italian female scientists who lived between the eleventh and the twenty-first centuries, and without whom science would have been very different today. This course is held online and consists of pre-reading worksheets including primary sources (approx. 1 hour of independent study per week) plus interactive seminars for six weeks.
Application status: Closed
Next Course: TBC
In this course you will discover some of the most influential and pioneering studies made by six Italian women in the sciences, with a special focus on patterns of education, access, barriers, and opportunities for women’s work in science. We will also consider the relevance of Latin and the Classics in the trajectories of their lives. Throughout a thousand years of Italian history, we will uncover the ideas, discoveries, and insights of these exceptional women who changed the way we see the world.
A fundamental question will be addressed: "How different would science be today without their contributions?"
Over the course of six, interactive sessions you will have the opportunity to: appreciate and learn the lives of these resilient women as well as the resiliency of their scientific work; explore how they engage with the scientific tradition of the past and their times; consider the reception of their work during their lifetime and their relevance today; situate the texts within their historical and political context; use the selected extracts as prompts to think about what it means to be a woman (or someone from a minority group) in science, then and now. All primary material will be provided in English translation.
Each week will focus on a different scientist and selected extracts from their work(s), including:
10 Nov: Trota of Salerno and the “mulieres Salernitanae” at the Schola Medica
17 Nov: The myth of Dorotea Bocchi: the first female professor in a world without women?
24 Nov: Laura Bassi, Bologna’s New “Minerva”
1 Dec: The world of Maria Gaetana Agnesi, mathematician of God
8 Dec: In Praise of Imperfection: the life and work of Rita Levi Montalcini
15 Dec: Ilaria Capua, “I, Virus Trafficker”: a story of science and bitter injustice
Lead Tutor: Sara
6-week course | Full Fee: £125
Application status: Closed
How to Apply
1. Enrol on your chosen course by purchase made via the store
2. Wait for your place confirmation email
3. Receive your Pre-class tasks for Week 1
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