Marie-Noëlle Bourguet studied history at the École normale supérieure and at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She obtained her PhD in 1983 with a dissertation on the birth of statistics in Napoleonic France. She teaches at the University of Reims and at the Université Paris 7 Diderot, and has been a Junior Member of the Institut universitaire de France. She is now Emeritus Professor at the Université Paris 7 and a correspondent member of the Centre Alexandre Koyré.
In addition to her regular position in France, she has been invited by various academic institutions, as Visiting Professor (University of Campinas; University of Buenos Aires) as well as Visiting Research Scholar (Cornell University, John Carter Brown Library, Newberry Library, Stanford University, École Française de Rome, MPIWG).
Marie-Noëlle’s research deals with the social and cultural history of scientific practices. She specialized in the field of the history of administrative statistics in post-revolutionary France (Déchiffrer la France. La statistique départementale à l’époque napoléonienne, 1988), and the history of scientific voyages and expeditions in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Recently her interest specifically focused on travelers’ practices such as collecting, measuring, taking notes. Her book on Alexander von Humboldt’s note-taking practice (Le monde dans un carnet. Alexander von Humboldt in Italy, 1805 [Paris, Éditions du Félin, 2017]) was awarded the Prix Léon Dewez in 2017 by the Paris Société de géographie.
During her stay at the MPIWG, she will be concerned with the ways naturalist European travelers—specifically the scientific team of the French Morea expedition—looked at mineralogy, art, and architecture in the countries they visited.
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