Vincent Deluz

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow
Visiting Predoctoral Fellows are candidates for a doctorate at an accredited university who are externally financed by the home university or other fellowship.
Department II
1. September 2017 to 30. April 2018

Vincent Deluz was educated in medieval studies at the University of Geneva. He specialized in the study of medieval manuscripts and the editing of technical texts and obtained a master's degree in French and Medieval Latin and Literature in 2013. Since then, he has been an assistant and PhD student at the University of Geneva, where he teaches the historical grammar of French. From 2014 to 2017, he was the coordinator of the doctoral program in medieval studies at Conférence Universitaire de Suisse Occidentale. In 2014, he began working on a doctoral thesis project about the automata of the Western Middle Ages with a philological and technical approach. As a Predoctoral Fellow at MPIWG, he will continue his research on automata and techniques in the Middle Ages, focusing on the transfer of knowledge in applied mechanics between Eastern and Western world. Related to this area of research, he has already published an article on the subject of clocks with automata and the transfer of knowledge (Autour des Machines de Vitruve. L'ingénerie romaine: textes, archéologie et restitution. Caen: Presses Universitaires de Caen, 2017). In addition to his thesis, he co-authored with Delphine Dejonghe a critical edition of the first Western technical treatise on archery: L’art d’archerie ou La fachon de tirer de l’arc à main: édition critique et commentaire du premier traité de tirer à l’arc d’Occident, Collection Cynégétique, Droz, Genève (in press). He is also a member of the Committee of the Jeunes Chercheurs Médiévistes of the University of Geneva.

April 2017
Congress, "6e Congrès de la Société Française d'Histoire des Sciences et des Techniques," Société Française d'Histoire des Sciences et des Techniques (University of Strasbourg)
"Faire torner une ruee par li seule : le mouvement perpétuel et la recherche en mécanique à la fin du Moyen Âge"
March 2017
Conference, "Journées d'études : Le français médiéval : Quel(s) rythme(s) d'évolution ? II. Les textes de savoir," University of the Sorbonne, Paris
"Vocabulaire technique : le lexique horloger et la langue française"
April 2016
Lecture, "Métiers et société au Moyen Âge: organisation, pratiques et statuts," Centre d'Études Médiévales of the University of Geneva
"Horloger : naissance d'un métier au Moyen Âge?"
Teaching activities
September 2013–June 2017
Grammaire historique du français, Département de Langues et littératures françaises et latines, médiévales, Faculty of Arts, University of Geneva"Lectures commentées de textes français médiévaux"


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