I am an early modern historian of science and religion, political economy, and the Northern World. I recently obtained my DPhil at Oxford (2022) in history of science, medicine, economic and social history.
In 2023, I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Oxford History Faculty, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Coucil. I am also the Hagströmer Fellow 2023 at the Hagströmer Library of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. I am an Associate Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (elected Sept. 2022).
My research explores science and religion within global early modern networks, Scandinavian slavery, and body-politics during the Enlightenment period.
I am a specialist of the life and works of Swedish parliamentarian, philosopher and theologian Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) and have a broader interest in currents related to his ideas and posterity (millenarianism, abolitionism, environmental thought). My doctoral thesis, titled 'Homo Maximus: Emanuel Swedenborg and the interaction of soul and body' provided a new intellectual biography of Swedenborg centred on his lifelong interest for the soul-body problem within the debate's scientific, religious and socio-political contexts. My DPhil was fully funded by the British research council (AHRC-DTP), the Gilbert Ryle scholarship at Linacre College, and the inaugural SDS scholarship by the Swedenborg Society in London during four years (2018-2022).
I welcome enquiries to share my research, teach, and contribute to new projects.
You can find out more about my research on my Personal webpage and reach out via Twitter: @RoyDiPiazza