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Dr Fabrizio Bigotti

Honorary Research Fellow

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My research focuses on History and Philosophy of Science, with a special emphasis on History of Medicine and Technology. I am also interested in the history of philosophical traditions as related to the vitality of Aristotelianism and Galenism mostly in areas such as logic, theory of matter, taxonomy, anatomy and physiology.  
 
I studied at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, where I achieved my PhD in History of Philosophy and History of Ideas with a thesis on the influence of Galen’s medicine and psychology on the late Renaissance philosophy (ottimo/summa cum laude) and in 2012 I moved to the Warburg Institute of London where I studied for a year, thanks to a postdoctoral fellowship granted by ‘La Sapienza’ and then to a fellowship by a Frances A. Yates Fellowship at the Warburg Institute of London. In 2015 I was awarded a three-year Wellcome Trust Fellowship in Medical Humanities at the Centre for Medical History of the University of Exeter, and I have been thereafter the recipient of many awards and grants (Edward Worth Library-Dublin, SHAC and SIS Awards)
 
I regularly travel across Europe and USA either for research or teaching. In 2017 I  awarded the Folger Institute Fellowship to study at the Folger Shakespeare Library of Washington DC whilst this year I awarded a three-months Visiting Professor Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities (IHR-ICUB) from the University of Bucharest.
 
I am also a musician and musicologist and my expertise encompasses areas such as composition, musicology and musical palaeography.  In my capacity as a musical director and musicologist, in 2014 I issued the world prémiere CD on the unpublished manuscripts by Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652) discovered at the Palazzo Altemps in Rome: "Gregorio Allegri, Opere inedite dai manoscritti della 'Collectio Altaemps’ ", Musica Flexanima Ensemble, TACTUS Records Italy.

 

Research interests

I am a specialist in History and Philosophy of Science, with a particular emphasis on the Renaissance and Early Modern Medicine and Technology. I have also a strong background in classics, being an expert in history of ancient philosophy, especially on the tradition of Aristotle's and Galen's works. My academic interests are mainly focused on philosophy of science, history of ideas and history of technology. 

I am also a musician and musicologist with a good record of monographs and papers on early music. In fact, as Ensemble Director I have recently issued a CD on the unpublished manuscripts by Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652) discovered at Palazzo Altemps in Rome (Gregorio Allegri, Unpublished Works from the ‘Collectio Altaemps’, Musica Flexanima Ensemble, TACTUS Records Italy, 2014).

 

Research collaborations

In 2018 Dr Fabrizio Bigotti has been appointed Director of the International Centre for the Study of Medicine and the Body in the Renaissance (CSMBR) Pisa for further details see http://csmbr.fondazionecomel.org.

In 2015 Dr Bigotti and Dr Jo Welsman started a series of Seminars called "The Laboratory of Santorio" amining at recreating Santorio's instruments for measurement in medicine.

Research supervision

Dr Bigotti is happy to consider requests for supervision in any aspect of early modern medical history as well as history of science and philosophy. For possible topics, please take a look to the section research interests.

External impact and engagement

For 2018 Fabrizio Bigotti is organising the International Summer School: The Kiln, the Alembic, and the Clockwork. Early Modern Representations of the Body and its Changing Matter, 8-10 August, Domus Comeliana in Pisa (here). For further details please contact csmbr@fondazionecomel.org or email directly to Dr Fabrizio Bigotti.

The Centre for Medical History is currently hosting a website and a blog on Dr Bigotti's project. The University of Exeter is also hosting a series of workshops on the theme "The Laboratory of Santorio" (Bigotti-Welsman 2015-2016) aiming at recreating Santorio's instruments for measurement in medicine and understanding the emergence of quantification in science. 

Contribution to discipline

Director of the Centre for the Study of Medicine and the Body in the Renaissance (CSMBR) Pisa

Honorary Researh Fellow of the Studio Firmano for the History of Medicine and Science (Studio Firmano - Fermo, Italy)

Corresponding Fellow of the Italian Academy for the History of Medicine (Accademia di Storia dell'Arte Sanitaria - Classe di Scienze Biologiche)

 

(2018) Visiting Professor Fellowship - Institute for Research in the Humanities IHR-ICUB, University of Bucharest

(2017) Folger Institute Research Fellow (Washington DC)

(2014) Edward Worth Research Fellow (Edwuard Worth Library, Dublin)

(2013) Frances A. Yates Research Fellow  (Warburg Institute - School for Advanced Studies, University of London)

(2012-2013) Fellow of the University "La Sapienza" (Rome)

Media

Along with Dr Jo Welsman Dr Bigotti is involved in a series of media events on the life and scientific achievements of Santorio. For an introduction to such an activity please click on this introductory video. A website on the engaged aspect of the project is also available here

Biography

I studied at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, where I achieved my BA in Philosophy, with a thesis on Aristotle’s theory of mind (110 e lode/summa cum laude), and the MA in Philosophy of Science, with a thesis on the use of lexical taxonomies in natural history from Aristotle to Linnaeus (110 e lode/summa cum laude).

After awarding the PhD in History of Philosophy and History of Ideas with a thesis on the influence of Galen’s medicine and psychology on the late Renaissance philosophy (ottimo/summa cum laude), in 2012 I moved to the Warburg Institute of London where I studied for a year, thanks to a long-term fellowship granted by ‘La Sapienza’ and then to a short-term fellowship, as Frances A. Yates Fellow, granted by the Warburg Institute. Further to this, in 2014 I awarded a research fellowship by the Edward Worth Library in Dublin and other research grants by the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (SHAC) and the Scientific Instruments Society (SIS). In 2017 I also awarded the Folger Institute Fellowship (Washington DC, February-May 2017).

Fabrizio Bigotti has also a degree in choral direction at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music (PIMS) and a wide range of expertise and publications encompassing areas such as composition, choral direction, musicology and musical palaeography.