Donatella Germanese studies the interface between literature, the arts, and science. With a focus on the twentieth century, she examines how technology and scientific topics were discussed and further elaborated in literary theories, debates, and works. Corporate magazines in postwar Italy currently constitute the projects’ primary source, as they offered authors and readers interesting sites of encounter for the popularization of technology and science, and for literature, photography, and the fine arts to engage with modern industrial society. Donatella’s research keeps in mind the legacy of Italy’s fascist past, inclusive of its crimes, contradictions, and push towards modernity.
In 2020, Donatella began a collaboration with Maria Rentetzi (TU Berlin) on a joint edited volume. This aims to reconstruct, from new perspectives, the history of atomic mobile exhibitions shown around the world during the Cold War, their role in science diplomacy, as well as their culturally performative aspects.
Donatella also engages with translation studies, organizing a regular “Science in Translation” reading group at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.
Donatella studied philology, foreign languages, and literature at the University of Florence. She completed her doctoral degree in 1998 in German Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin with a monograph on the literary journal Pan (1910–15). Her general research interests include science popularization, modern and contemporary German, French, and Italian fine arts and literatures.
Donatella was a Visiting Scholar at the European University Institute in Florence in 2015–16, at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2009–10, and a member of the study group led by Mazzino Montinari at the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin in 1985–86.
Germanese, Donatella (2021). “L’ardua democrazia: la stampa aziendale Pirelli (1945-1948).” Passato e presente XXXIX (113): 83–102. https://doi.org/10.3280/PASS2021-113006.Read More
Germanese, Donatella (2018). “‘Una forza universale incomparabile’: petrolio e sublime nelle riviste aziendali degli anni ’50.” Azimuth 6 (12): 31–44.Read More
Germanese, Donatella (2017). “‘We Will Make Europe There’: Italian Intellectuals in Search of Europe and America in Hitler’s Germany.” Modern Intellectual History 14 (2): 451–476. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1479244315000074.Read More
Germanese, Donatella (2014). “‘Civiltà delle macchine’ (1953-1979).” Parolechiave 51: 145–152.Read More
Germanese, Donatella, ed. (2011). Siena. Eine literarische Einladung. SALTO. Berlin: Klaus Wagenbach Verlag.Read More
Germanese, Donatella (2005). “Antihelden auf Goethes Spuren: Italien als Schauplatz bei Hans-Ulrich Treichel.”Read More
Germanese, Donatella (2000). Pan (1910-1915). Schriftsteller im Kontext einer Zeitschrift. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann.Read More
Germanese, Donatella (1992). “L’angelo e il poeta. Alcune considerazioni sul motivo dell’angelo in Rilke e George.” In Tra simbolismo e avanguardie. Studi dedicati a Ferruccio Masini, ed. C. Graziadei, 83–95. Roma: Editori Riuniti.Read More
Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities
Conference, 9th International ESHS Conference, Bologna (virtual)
Conference, 13th European Conference of the Society for Science, Literature & the Arts, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens
Conference, 3rd International Conference on Science and Literature, Sorbonne University, Paris
Workshop, Future Challenges in the History of Science, MPIWG
Conference, Beyond Nature in Science and Literature, The International Commission on Science and Literature, Syros, Hermoupolis
Conference, 7th ESHS Conference, Prague
Under Control. Childhood and Twentieth Century Dictatorships (1917–1991), University of Warwick