Emma Prevignano

PhD Candidate in History
Originally from Northern Italy, I moved to Devon to take a BA in History with advanced proficiency in French at the University of Exeter. I then completed an MPhil in Early Modern History at the University of Cambridge, before starting my PhD.

During my Mphil, I was a Prize Research Student at the Joint Centre of History and Economics. My doctoral research is funded by the Cambridge Trust and by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung.

Broadly speaking, I am interested in scientific and technological knowledges and their relation to socio-economic changes in Europe (especially France) between the second half of the eighteenth century and the early nineteenth century.

My postgraduate research focuses on the conceptualisation, creation, and implementation of unified systems of weights and measures (in particular, the metric system) across European territories of First French Empire.

'How to make the metre: materialising the new metrology in Revolutionary and early nineteenth century France', at the 9th Conference of the European Society for the History of Science, Bologna: 'Visual, material and sensory cultures of science' (moved online), September 2020.

'Measuring rods and tables of conversions: on the authority to measure space (1798–1802)' at the 13th Conference of the European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts: 'Space-time', Athens, June 2019.

‘International cooperation in the creation of the metric system (France, 1790–year 7)’, at the

graduate workshop of the Joint Centre for History and Economics, University of Cambridge, March 2018.


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