Short CV/Education and training

  • 1989 – 1995
    Studied history, Italian literature, Latin and art history at the Università degli Studi, Bologna, Italy

  • 1995 – 1996
    Diplôme d’études approfondies in this history of the middle ages, École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS – School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences), Paris, France

  • 1995 – 1997
    Research grant from the Canton of Ticino's Department of Culture, Switzerland

  • 1999 – 2002
    Research associate at the Institute of History, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), Zurich (in the research group of Prof. Dr. Jean-François Bergier), Switzerland

  • 1997 – 2003
    Doctoral studies in history/art history of the middle ages at the EHESS, Paris (under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Jean- Claude Schmitt, EHESS, and Prof. Dr. Jean-François Bergier, ETH Zurich)

  • 2002 – 2003
    Parental leave

  • 2002 – 2005
    Research associate at the Institute of Alps History (ISAlp), Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Lugano (in the research group of Prof. Dr. Jon Mathieu), Switzerland

  • 2005 – 2011
    Principal investigator for the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) project "Helvetic Networks: Science and Politics in the Correspondence of Johann Jakob Scheuchzer, 1672-1733" at the USI (with 2 colleagues). Partial edition of these letters and creation of an online database of Scheuchzer's correspondence. With additional funding from the Institute for Cultural Research, Graubünden.

  • 2005 – 2010
    Teaching appointments in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, France; Heidelberg, Germany; Lucerne, Switzerland

  • 2006 – 2007
    Parental leave

  • 2007
    Visiting professor at the EHESS, Paris, France

  • starting 2009 Habilitation (postdoctoral) studies in the Department of History, Heidelberg University (under the chair of Prof. Dr. Thomas Maissen), Germany

  • 2011 – 2013
    Habilitation research grant from the Canton of Ticino's Department of Culture, Switzerland

  • since 2013
    Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) Professor at the University of Bern, Switzerland

Selected publications

  • Essor et fonctions des images religieuses dans les Alpes. L'exemple de l'ancien diocèse de Coire (1150-1530 ca.). Bern/Berlin/Bruxelles, Peter Lang 2008 (German translation 2015).

  • (Eds./a cura di), Wissenschaft – Berge – Ideologien. Johann Jakob Scheuchzer (1672-1733) und die frühneuzeitliche Naturforschung / Scienza – montagna – ideologie. Johann Jakob Scheuchzer (1672-1733) e la ricerca naturalistica in epoca moderna. Basel, Schwabe 2010.

  • Vernetzte Welten: Das Korrespondenznetz von Johann Jakob Scheuchzer. In: Urs Leu (ed.): Natura sacra: Der Frühaufklärer Johann Jakob Scheuchzer (1672-1733). Zug, Achius 2012, pp. 130-165.

  • Queries and questionnaires: Collecting Local and Popular Knowledge in 17th and 18th Century Europe. In: K. von Greyerz, S. Flubacher, P. Senn (eds.): Wissenschaftsgeschichte und Geschichte des Wissens im Dialog. Schauplätze der Forschung / Connecting Science and Knowledge. Scenes of Research, Göttingen, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2013, pp. 187-210.

  • Knowledge and Perception of Mountains in History: New Perspectives for Research. In: R. Reith, M. Knoll (eds.): An Environmental History of the Early Modern Period. Experiments and Perspectives. Vienna, LIT 2014, pp. 61-66.

  • La peinture murale: l'image dans le lieu rituel. In: J. Baschet, J. Berlioz, P.-O. Dittmar (eds.): Les images dans l'Occident médiéval (collection "L'atelier du médiéviste"). Turnhout, Brepols 2014 (Ouvrage en honneur de Jean-Claude Schmitt); with Cécile Voyer.

Selected projects

  • The cultures of natural science: actors, networks, places, and topics of scientific communication in the early modern period (17th century to ca. 1830)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the board of the Schweizerischen Gesellschaft zur Erforschung des 18. Jahrhunderts (Swiss society for 18th century research)

Media coverage

  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Communication, intercultural competence, teamwork

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Single mother to two children (born in 2002 and 2006)


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