Current Institutional Affiliation
Reader in History of Medicine, History, University of London / King's College London
International Dissertation Research Fellowship 2002
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Science & Technological Studies, Cornell University
Science, the State, and the Model Subject in Enlightened Absolutism: Anatomical Models in Late Eighteenth-Century Tuscany and Austria
An historical case study of the production and uses of anatomical models in late eighteenth-century Florence and Vienna. The project is aimed at understanding the ambivalent notion of the model as both descriptive and prescriptive, its role for the emergence of modem science and for the relationship between science and the state. The two main foci are the interplay between conceptual developments and social dynamics regarding the problem of representation within the Florentine model workshop and its surrounding museum, and the image of the human subject in enlightened absolutism conveyed in the artificial anatomies to model users both in the Florence museum and a Vienna military training hospital.