Anna Jerratsch studied History of Science, Modern History and Sociology in Berlin and Warwick. Her main research interest lies in the History of Astronomy, the Popularization of Knowledge, and the relationship between Science and Religion, primarily in the early modern period in Europe. Since 2010, she has been an external member of the “Werkstatt des Wissens” of the Comenius-Garden Berlin and contributed to various exhibitions on history of science related themes in Berlin.
In her doctoral research—pursued in the context of the Excellence Cluster TOPOI and the working group “Cosmological Knowledge from the Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century” based in Department I at the MPIWG—she analyzed a process of the diffusion and transformation of knowledge by focusing on vernacular cometary pamphlets and the way they present and convey concepts, data, and ideas of natural philosophy, astronomy, astrology, and religion. Having obtained her PhD in 2018, she published her monograph Der frühneuzeitliche Kometendiskurs im Spiegel deutschsprachiger Flugschriften in 2020. Affiliated to the ERC project “Early Modern Cosmology” at the University of Venice Ca' Foscari, Anna now works on her next book project dealing with the religious contexts of discourses on nature. As a postdoctoral fellow, she has recently begun working on digital humanities and is currently leading the working group "Visualization and Material Cultures of the Heavens in Eurasia and North Africa (4000 BCE–1700 CE)," investigating astral culture and knowledge transfer across space and time.
Jerratsch, Anna (2020). Der frühneuzeitliche Kometendiskurs im Spiegel deutschsprachiger Flugschriften. Boethius 71. Stuttgart: Steiner.Read More
Jerratsch, Anna (2019). “Celestial Phenomena in Early Modernity: The Integrated Image of Comets.” In Natural Knowledge and Aristotelianism at Early Modern Protestant Universities, ed. P. Omodeo and V. Wels, 187–208. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.Read More
Omodeo, Pietro Daniel and Anna Jerratsch (2015). “Mathematics, cosmology and natural philosophy : Christoph Rothmann’s place in the Renaissance debate on comets.” Galilaeana 12: 203–215. https://doi.org/10.1400/237274.Read More
Jerratsch, Anna (2012). “Viele Monde und einer mit Flecken.” In Die Himmelsreise, ed. H. Vierck, 8–10. Berlin: Druckhaus Schöneweide. http://www.danielwiesmann.de/heft_die_himmelsreise.Read More
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