Simona Valeriani Biography
Name: Dr. Simona Valeriani
Role: Course tutor
I trained as an architect and earned a PhD in the field of building archaeology in an interdisciplinary programme concerned also with art history and heritage conservation, where I developed an interest in public understanding of cultural heritage, in particular the built environment.
I then worked for eight years at the London School of Economics, Economic History Department where my interest in construction history has evolved to include more generally the history of technology, with a focus on the mechanisms of knowledge formation and circulation in the early modern period. Despite having worked mainly on Italy, Germany, England and France I have gained experience in global history through my participation in the URKEW project and enjoy considering Europe in a global context both in my research and teaching.
An area of investigation I have been developing recently is the interface between the ‘learned’ and the world of practitioners in the Early modern period, and I am working on a book entitled In-between Knowledge. Artefacts and Places in the production of Useful and reliable knowledge in Europe 15th-18th century. Amongst the topics I have been focusing on in this context is the use of 3D models in Early modern times, which was the subject of a recent conference and exhibition I organised at the Royal Society.
Selected Research Outputs
Matters of Thoughts: Models and Knowledge-production in the Early Royal Society, Royal Society, September13th – November 13th 2013.
Kirchendächer in Rom - Capriate Ecclesiae, Berliner Beiträge zur Bauforschung und Denkmalpflege III, Imhof Verlag, Petersberg, 2006.
In-between Knowledge. Artifacts and Places in the production of Useful and reliable knowledge in Europe 15th-18th century.
Interest has been expressed by Cambridge University Press.
“Conceptualising the Production and Diffusion of Useful and Reliable Knowledge in Early Modern Europe”, Special Issue of History of Technology, vol. 31, 2011 (together with Karel Davids and Ian Inkster).
“The history of Technology in Global Perspective”, in preparation for the Journal Technology and Culture.
"Intellectual Networks and Exchange of Useful and Reliable Knowledge: Case Studies of Early Modern Japan and Europe", submitted to Comparativ. Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung (with Mina Ishizu).
“Three-dimensional Models as ‘in-between-objects’ - the creation of in-between knowledge in early modern architectural practice”, in History of Technology, vol. 31, 2011 (Special issue on “Conceptualising the Production and Diffusion of Useful and Reliable Knowledge in Early Modern Europe”), 2011, p. 5-25.
“In the ancient forme. On the reception and “invention” of ancient building techniques in Early Modern Times”, in Hephaistos. New approaches in Classical Archaeology and related Fields, special issue, 26-2008, pp. 169-188.
“Behind the Façade: Elias Holl and the Italian influence on building techniques in Augsburg”, in architectura, vol. 38, no. 2/2008, p. 97-108.
“S. Cecilia in Trastevere und die Geschichte der Kirchendächer in Rom“, in architectura, vol. 35, no.1, 2005, p. 32-46.
“Modelling architecture in 17th century England: a discourse and a practice”, in: Proceedings of the conference “The Model, a Tool in the Architectural Project”, published by Ecole de Chaillot, Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine, forthcoming 2014.
“Constructing St Paul’s Cathedral. Modelling, Drawing and Building”, in: proceedings of the 47. Tagung für Ausgrabungswissenschaft und Bauforschung der Koldewey Gesellschaft, Trier , 16. -20. Mai 2012, Thelen Verlag, Dresden 2014, p. 211-217.
“’Ingenious gentlemen abroad’: Roger Pratt and the influence of the educational traveller in Britain, in: Akten der 45. Tagung für Ausgrabungswissenschaft und Bauforschung (2008), Koldewey Gesellschaft, Thelen Verlag, Dresden 2010, p. 127-135.„
La trasmissione delle conoscenze nell’Europa del XVII e XVIII sec.: il caso delle strutture di copertura“, in: Proceedings of the international seminar Theory and practice about construction: knowledge, instruments, models, Ravenna, 27-29 October 2005, p. 895-903 (vol. II).“Le strutture di copertura nei trattati e nei manoscritti rinascimentali”, in: S. Huerta (ed.), Actas del Cuarto Congreso Nacional de Historia de la Construcción, Cadiz, January 2005. Istituto Juan de Herrera, Madrid 2005, vol. 2, p. 1039-1049.