Previously a Marie Skłodowska-Curie doctoral fellow,1 I recently completed my PhD in British history and history of science with a thesis on the amateur scientific associations in Victorian Britain.2 Subscribing to the ‘spatial turn’ in the history of science, I investigated the impact of geography on the organisation and practice of natural history in the English Midlands. Through an analysis of the natural history societies, naturalists’ field clubs and literary and philosophical societies in this hitherto little studied region, my thesis seeks to put the Midlands on the map of Victorian amateur science.
Working primarily in the social history of science, I am also keenly interested in:
- historical geographies of Victorian Britain
- digital history
- gender history
- history of scientific illustrations
- periodical studies
I am currently working on several articles derived from my doctoral research:
An article on the popularisation of mycology in the nineteenth century
An article on the Literary and Philosophical Societies in the Victorian Midlands
An article on the publishing activities of the amateur scientific associations in local, regional and national levels in late Victorian Britain
An article on the membership of the natural history societies in the Victorian Midlands
Atlas of amateur science in Victorian England which would be curated in an interactive website to which a biographical database of the amateur naturalists would be integrated.
I am also developing research projects in line with my interests listed above.
My teaching experience focuses mainly on British history from the early modern period to the twentieth century at undergraduate level. In the last two years of my doctoral studies, I was recruited as a Research and Teaching Fellow (ATER)3 at Laboratoire de Recherche sur les Cultures Anglophones, Université de Paris. During this time, I also had the chance to design my own course entitled Science, Culture, and Society in Nineteenth-Century Britain for second-year undergraduate students.
I also taught English grammar in practice at Université Paris 8 in the Spring semester of 2019 as a part-time instructor.
2016-2019 PhD Fellow European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no 665850, (Inspire Cofund 2016) Université de Paris. ↩
2016-2021 PhD Université de Paris, Laboratoire de Recherche sur les Cultures Anglophones, Paris. Title of the thesis: “Local Science in Provincial England: Natural History in the Victorian Midlands, c.1860-c.1900,” defended on 19 November 2021. ↩
2019-2021 Research and Teaching Fellow (ATER), 192 hours of teaching annually. ↩