2024 Early career plenary lectures

We are happy to announce that the ESHS 2024 Early Career Lectures will be delivered by three promising scholars who were selected in light of the quality of their scholarship and the originality of their historiographical approaches. Their work is indicative of the talent, innovative spirit, and creativity among the younger generation of historians of science. The selected lecturers (and lectures) for the Barcelona conference are Jenny Bulstrode, Beatrice Falcucci and Santiago Gorostiza. Below you will find a short biographical note.

Jenny Bulstrode is Lecturer in History of Science and Technology at University College London. Her research attends to interdisciplinary associations and approaches with the aim of understanding histories of science and technology within their necessary contexts and conceptual frameworks. Above all, her work seeks to understand marginalised histories of science on their own terms. During her doctoral research at the University of Cambridge, she held a Junior Research Fellowship at Jesus College; as well as Caird; Royal Observatory; Antiquarian Horological Society; and Scientific Instrument Society fellowships, among others, researching cultural and technical histories of metallurgy, glass-, and clock-making. Since joining University College London, she helped establish the Royal Institution’s Freer Prize Fellowships to support PhD students writing up; and has won grants to update national curricula with marginalised histories of science and to promote practitioner oral histories of Indigenous science through equitable collaborations with in-country project partners. Awards for her published work include: an International Committee for the History of Technology Daumas Prize; an American Academy of Arts and Sciences Sarton Prize; and a British Society for the History of Science Singer Prize. Her most recent research was reported by the Guardian; BBC World Service; and NPR; and the subject of a Jamaican government press release on reparations. She is listed among Apollo Magazine’s top 10 ‘thinkers’ in Art and Tech.

Beatrice Falcucci is Juan de la Cierva Fellow in History at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona and visiting fellow at the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory (CCM) at the School of Advanced Study, London. She earned her PhD at Università di Firenze and was later post-doc at Università dell’Aquila. Her research on Italian colonialism, colonial culture, and its legacies has been supported by several academic institutions including the American Academy in Rome, Fondazione Einaudi in Turin, and The Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR). She is a member of the working group Things in motion Cost Action 18140 People in Motion: Entangled Histories of Displacement across the Mediterranean (PIMo), and of the research unit Modern Transcultural Studies (MTS) at Università di Firenze. She was awarded the Fondazione Spadolini Prize for the best doctoral thesis on Modern Italian History and the Association for the Study of Modern Italy prize for the best unpublished article (2021). Recently she co-edited 

L’italia e il mondo post-coloniale. Politica, cooperazione e mobilità tra decolonizzazione e guerra fredda (Mondadori, 2023) and 

Travelling Matters across the Mediterranean. Rereading, Reshaping, Reusing Objects (10th-20th centuries) (Brepols, 2024).

Santiago Gorostiza is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut d’Història de la Ciència (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). He is an environmental historian working at the intersection with political ecology and the history of science. After graduating both in environmental sciences and in history, Santiago completed his PhD as a Marie Curie ITN fellow at the Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal). His research has explored the environmental history of the Spanish Civil War and postwar, with special attention to anarchist collectivisations of water and land, guerrilla warfare, landscape militarisation and the autarkic projects of the Franco dictatorship. The production of knowledge about climate and the environment is a more recent research interest. Santiago was a postdoctoral researcher in the Shifting Shores project (funded by the City of Paris) at the Centre for History at Sciences Po, where he remains an affiliated researcher. He has researched scientific and political debates about river sediment transport and delta morphology since the 19th century and controversies about the relation between potash mining and river salinisation from the 1920s to the present day. At IHC-UAB, Santiago is a member of the ERC Starting Grant project “CLIMASAT. Remote-sensing satellite data and the making of global climate in Europe. 1980-2000”.