Marie Thébaud-Sorger

Visiting Scholar (Oct 2016-Nov 2016)

PhD, Research Associate Professor, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Marie Thébaud-Sorger is a Research Associate Professor (researcher) at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) based in Paris at the Centre for the History of Science and Technology – Alexandre Koyré at the EHESS (School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences). After studying the reception of the lighter-than-air machines in French and European societies in her first monograph Ballooning in the Age of Enlightenment (L’aérostation au temps des Lumières, 2009), and the culture of flight on the long run, she has also done research on insurance and compensation practices in the context of artisanal and industrial activities in the eighteenth-century London and Paris. Her current research on “The economies of improvements” intends to link knowledge on materials, marketplace, social reform and technological hazards management. By comparing several urban contexts (in France, Britain, Germany, Netherlands...) her aim is to explore, through an array of artefacts and micro inventions, how inventive practices in Eighteenth century Europe shaped communities around technical improvements.


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Managing Heat, Gases, and Steam in Everyday Life: Urban Micro Inventions in Enlightened Europe


Selected Publications

Thébaud-Sorger, M. (2017). Capturing the invisible: heat, steam and gases in France and Great Britain, 1750-1800. In L. L. Roberts, & S. Werrett (Eds.), Compound histories: materials, governance, and production, 1760-1840 (pp. 85-105). Leiden:…

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Thébaud-Sorger, M., & Hilaire-Pérez, L. (2006). Les techniques dans l'espace public: publicité des inventions et littérature d'usage au XVIIIe siècle. Revue de synthèse, 127(2), 393-428.

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Thébaud-Sorger, M. (2009). L'aérostation au telps des lumières. Presses Universitaires de Rennes, collection "histoire".

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Thébaud-Sorger, M. (2010). Une histoire des ballons: invention, culture matérielle et imaginaire. Editions du patrimoine, Collection "Temps et espaces des arts".

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