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Anna Jerratsch

Postdoctoral Fellow (Jan 2016-Dec 2023)

PhD

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 period of European early modernity. 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 Excellencecluster 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. Obtaining her PhD in 2018, she published her monograph Der frühneuzeitliche Kometendiskurs im Spiegel deutschsprachiger Flugschriften in 2020. Affiliated to the European Research Council project "Early Modern Cosmology“ at the Universita Ca‘ Foscari Venezia, Anna is now working 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 "Visualizations of the Heavens. Eurasia 4000 BCE to 1700 CE,“ investigating astral culture and knowledge transfer across space and time.

Selected Publications

Der frühneuzeitliche Kometendiskurs im Spiegel deutschsprachiger Flugschriften. Boethius 71. Stuttgart: Steiner, 2020.

“Celestial Phenomena in Early Modernity: The Integrated Image of Comets.” In Natural Knowledge and Aristotelianism at Early Modern Protestant Universities, edited by Pietro Omodeo and Volkhard Wels, 187–208. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2019.

with Pietro Omodeo. “Mathematics, Cosmology and Natural Philosophy: Christoph Rothmann's Place in the Renaissance Debate on Comets.” Galilaeana 12 (2015): 203–15.

"Viele Monde und einer mit Flecken." In Die Himmelsreise. edited by Henning Vierck, 8–10. Forschungsheft der Werkstatt des Wissens 3. Berlin: Druckhaus Schöneweide, 2012.

Projects

Epistemic Visuality of Early Modern Astral Culture and Knowledge in Europe

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Image Database: Visualization and Material Cultures of the Heavens

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Visualization and Material Cultures of the Heavens in Eurasia and North Africa (4000 BCE–1700 CE)

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The Early Modern Cometary Discourse as Reflected in Vernacular Tracts

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Selected Publications

Jerratsch, A. (2019). Celestial Phenomena in Early Modernity: The Integrated Image of Comets. In P. Omodeo, & V. Wels (Eds.), Natural Knowledge and Aristotelianism at Early Modern Protestant Universities (pp. 187-208). Wiesbaden: Harrasowitz.

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Jerratsch, A. (2020). Der frühneuzeitliche Kometendiskurs im Spiegel deutschsprachiger Flugschriften. Stuttgart: Steiner.

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Omodeo, P. D., & Jerratsch, A. (2015). Mathematics, cosmology and natural philosophy: Christoph Rothmann's place in the Renaissance debate on comets. Galilaeana, 12, 203-215. doi:10.1400/237274.

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Events

Meeting

Sound & Science: Digital Histories—a Database in the History of Acoustics

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Lecture

The Unicorn-Lion Law: Affirming the Correct Standard of Comparison for Scholarship in the Humanities

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Talk

The Chinese Reception of Islamic and European Astronomy: Starmaps Produced by Jesuits in China

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Talk

Local Gazetteers Research Tools (LoGart)

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Predoctoral Event

Land Ahoy!

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News & Press

Call for participation in "Visualizations of the Heavens" Database Summer workshops

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Call for proposals for "In Other Times," with Comenius Garden Berlin (deadline November 15, 2019)

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