Nathalie Richard, Scientific Coordinator

Le Mans University, TEMOS CNRS UMR 9016, Le Mans, France
nathalie.richard [at]
I am a professor of late modern history at Le Mans University and a member of the TEMOS (Temps, Mondes, Sociétés) CNRS research team. My research focuses of the history of 19th-century human and social sciences. I am currently working on vocational scientists in prehistoric archaeology in France and in a transnational perspective. My contribution to the project will focus on prehistory and ethnography. I will study how prehistoric artefacts from Brittany travelled to European and Latin American countries and how ethnographic and archaeological objects from Europe and Latin America entered smaller collections in Brittany. This research intends to highlight the role of amateur collecting practises and networks.
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Irina Podgorny, Scientific Coordinator

Museo de La Plata / CONICET, La Plata, Argentina
podgorny [at]
I am a permanent research scholar (“Investigadora Principal”) at CONICET and director of the Historical Archive of La Plata Museum, Argentina. Former Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin, 2009-2010) and Senior Fellow at the IKKM (Weimar, 2013), I held several visiting professorships in France, Germany, and the USA. In 2013, I received the Georg-Forster Research Award in recognition of my academic from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany. I am currently working on the trade and exchange of fossil bones and animal and mineral remedies from a transnational perspective. My contribution to the project will focus on the history and interactions of paleontology, pharmacy and archaeology in the space of small provincial museums. I will study, first, how fossil bones from South America traveled to Europe and landed in small collections in France, Italy, Germany, and Spain. Second, how natural history donors and dealers contributed to the shaping of provincial museums and the geographic dispersion of collections they made to sell and /or gift to their home towns. Finally, I intend to create a sort of “check-list” of all the South American objects that every small collection had to have in order to become a self-respecting museum.
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Bonomo, Mariano

CONICET-División Arqueología, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Museo, Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Argentina
I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology (1998) and a Ph.D. in Natural Sciences (2004), both earned at the National University of La Plata (UNLP). At present, I am Principal Researcher at CONICET, Full Professor of Extra-American Prehistory and act as the Alternate Head of the Archaeology Division at the La Plata Museum. Within the framework of the SciCoMove project, I am spearheading a case study centered on unraveling the origins of the French archaeological collections obtained by Florentino Ameghino at the end of 19th century. This remarkable collection primarily comprises artifacts from renowned sites, including La Madeleine, Laugerie-Basse, Laugerie-Haute, and Le Moustier in Dordogne, as well as Saint-Acheul along the Somme River, and Chellées in the Paris region. Today, these invaluable collections are housed at the La Plata Museum in Argentina. My research endeavors are directed towards understanding the intricate process by which Ameghino assembled his European collection towards the close of, involving a combination of fieldwork, acquisitions, and exchanges with both amateurs and specialists in European Prehistory.

Ana Carolina Arias

Universidad Nacional de La Plata
I did my undergraduate studies in Anthropology and then obtained a PhD in Natural Sciences at the National University of La Plata, Argentina. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET). My research is focused on instructions in folklore and popular culture collections. In particular, I work with the National Folklore Survey, carried out in Argentina in 1921 and implemented through primary school teachers all over the country. These instructions -as it has happened in other countries- made it possible to gather information on traditions, superstitions, folk remedies or recipes for curing diseases, medicinal plants, animals, archaeological findings, among others. My intention is to analyze how knowledge circulates between different academic and non-academic spaces. To this end, I focus on teachers and other intermediaries in the processes of object and data collection and their contribution to the construction of scientific knowledge.

Neus Ibáñez

Museu Ciencies Naturals Barcelona (Institut Botanic de Barcelona), Spain
nibanezc [at]
I am a biologist and I have my PhD about Historical Herbaria in Botanic Institute of Barcelona.
I am the curator of the herbarium and the Salvador collection, a cabinet of curiosities of the Salvador family (from Barcelona) from the 17th-18th century that includes c. 14,000 specimens. I worked on the Salvadoriana exhibition carrying out a project of revision, restoration, conservation and exhibition of this collection. Nowadays, I work on the conservation and the study of the collection. The project will focus on the Salvador collection and my team associated to SciCoMove has special expertise in historical herbaria and will share its knowledge on the Salvador collection and archive.
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Amandine Péquignot

Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (UMR208 PALOC, MNHN-IRD), Paris, France
apeq [at]
I hold a PhD in Museology (2002) on the history of taxidermy and the conservation of scientific heritage, and two post-doctorate fellowships (C2RMF at the Louvre, Smithsonian Institution). Since 2005, I was an associate professor in Museology at the Muséum National d’Histoire naturelle where I conducted research on the conservation and history of natural history specimens and naturalist preparations. I teach in Master Program those topics and conduct trainings for museums professionals (Argentina, England, Senegal, Spain, Taiwan, Timor). Since 2014, I work in Argentina on different conservation and historical issues; one of them is the collection of Carlos Berg (1843–1902) who was director of natural history museums (Montevideo, Buenos Aires).
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José Pardo-Tomás

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Barcelona, Spain
pepeprimo [at]

Historian of science and medicine, I have participated as PI in several research projects on the history of cabinets of curiosities, natural history museums and natural science collections in different regional and national contexts in Spain and Latin America.
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Cristina Cilli

Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy
cristina.cilli [at]

As curator of the “Cesare Lombroso” Criminal Anthropology Museum of the University of Turin and head of its Archives, I am interested in relationships between our collections and documents and similar collections in other countries.
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Denis Diagre-Vanderpelen

Botanic Garden Meise, Belgium
denis.diagre [at]

I landed in the BG Meise in 2006 after my PhD (a study on the history of the Brussels BG, 1826-1912). Since then, I have produced many contributions on the history of botany and agriculture, on transformism and acclimatization, on plant hunters and horticulture in the 19th and early 20th century Belgium. Beside this, I’m fashioning a new and refreshed inventory of the BG archive, teaching in the ULB and acting as an national Cites Expert (Cactaceae).

Neus Nualart

Museu Ciencies Naturals Barcelona (Institut Botanic de Barcelona), Spain
nnualart [at]

I am the curator of the herbarium of the Botanical Institute of Barcelona. As a biologist, specialized in Botany, I have done my PhD on the importance of the herbarium specimens to the biodiversity knowledge and plant conservation. One of my main topics of interest is the application of new technologies in the collections to improve their accessibility. Since 2006 I manage the export of our herbarium to GBIF where data and images are available. In 2020 my team has participate in the initiative #MuseuObert to share, for the first time, the images of Salvador’s Cabinet specimens and their information related.
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Nicolas Morel

Musées du Mans, France
nicolas.morel [at]

I studied geology in the university of Tours and Orléans. Currently, I’m in charge of natural history, sciences and technical collections of Musées du Mans. My involvement in the project is due to my interest in the history of sciences, especially natural history cabinets.

Jérôme Paillasson

Musées du Mans, France
jerome.paillasson [at]
After 11 years of working at the Museum, I am currently in charge of public for all the museums in Le Mans. We have the project to open a new museum next years which will help me to understand how to involve diverse audiences and how better promote scientific collections.

Serge Reubi

Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, France
serge.reubi [at]

I am a historian of sciences and knowledge, specialized in the history of social sciences and of collecting sciences. I worked on different projects tackling collecting practices and ethnographic collections in Switzerland. In the SciCoMove project, I will work on ethnographic collections from South America, mainly Argentinia and Uruguay, in Swiss museums. I’ll also bring to the project his knowledge of collections and archives at the MNHN and in the Neuchâtel area.
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Anaïs Got

University of Angers, France [at]

I am a PhD student at the University of Angers. I studiy the history of seed testing from a transnational perspective, and particularly interested in questions about how scientists define criteria for seed quality in agriculture using collections and international cooperation. Within the SciCoMove project, I will focus on the Argentinean case, as the Argentinean Laboratory for Seed Control and Analysis was the first South American laboratory to attend an International Seed Testing Congresses in Copenhagen in 1921.
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Marina Laura Sardi

Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina
msardi [at]

As a biological anthropologist, my main field of research has been the analysis of craniofacial morphology, from evolutionary and developmental perspectives, comparing different human populations, humans and chimpanzees, different ages, and sexes. In the last years, I became involved with the material culture of physical (and biological) anthropology: scientific collections, museological objects, and scientific instruments; and the restitution of human remains to indigenous people.
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Daniel Grana-Behrens

University of Bonn, Germany
dgb [at]

I studied history in Mexico and Ancient American Studies and Ethnology in Bonn. I received my doctorate with a thesis on Maya inscriptions from Northwest Yucatan, Mexico. My most recent research focuses on anthropology of nature/ontology, museums and collections (material culture), digital culture and history of science. I am currently a full research associate at the BASA-Museum and the Department for the Anthropology of the Americas at the University of Bonn.
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Susana V. García

National Scientific and Technical Research Council, Argentina
garcia_su [at]

I have a degree in Anthropology and a PhD in Natural Sciences from the National University of La Plata, Argentina. I am permanent researcher at CONICET at the Museum of La Plata. My research focuses on the history of natural science, trade in natural history and didactic collections of the 19th and early 20th centuries. In this project I am interested on the history of amateurs and collecting practices, the techniques of preparation and taxidermy, the manufacture of duplicates and models of natural specimens, their trade and the development of new skills and occupations linked to natural history collections.
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Magalie Moysan

University of Angers, France
magalie.moysan [at]

After having worked as an archivist in France during 11 eleven years, I am now a associate profesor at University of Angers (France). I gratuated a PhD in archival science in 2019 on the place of archives in biomedical research in France from 1968 to 2006 and I currently run a research project about the use of archives from medical research by AIDS associations. My involvement in SciCoMove is due to my interest in scientific archives, and I will focus on the management of archival fonds in museums for this project.
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Franco Orlandi

University of Turin, Italy
franco.capozzi [at]

I am a PhD student at the University of Turin and KU Leuven. My research focuses on the intellectual legacy of Cesare Lombroso and the global impact of his criminological theories in the first half of the 20th-century. In the framework of the SciCoMove project I will study how anthropological collections (and scientific ideas) travelled between Europe and Latin America after the death of Lombroso, shedding new light on the impact of Italian criminal anthropology on the two sides of the ocean.
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Richard Fariña

Universidad de la República, Uruguay
dogor [at]

As a palaeontologist, I’ve worked on collections since the beginning of my career in the late ’70s. Many important fossils are kept in big museums around the world but another, significant share is to be found in small institutions frequently neglected by the researchers. Since a few years ago, I became the person in charge of the impressive collection of the Arroyo del Vizcaíno site, which yielded over 2,000 remains of megafauna (some of which with cut marks at the unexpectedly old age of 30,000 year before present). therefore, I see in this project the opportunity of sharing with fellow researchers this treasure of scientific knowledge, patrimony and source of scientific popularisation. On the other hand, the chance of visiting other such places is of paramount importance for my team to discover hidden material of interest for our research.
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Nicole Hanquart

Meise Botanic Garden, Belgium
nicole.hanquart [at]

I hold a master’s degree in history and another one in library management. Head of the Library, Art and Archives, I published on the library’s collections of the Meise Botanical Garden and mainly on the history and processes of nature printings, a former method to print plant illustrations using the plants itself.


Karoline Noack

University of Bonn, Germany
knoack [at]

I am Professor of Anthropology of the Americas and Director of the BASA Museum (Bonn Collection of the Americas). My expertise includes museum-related research, Hispanic-American colonial history and the Inca state. I am very interested in the visible and invisible networks between objects, collections, museums and universities regionally and globally, which are created by the objects themselves, originators societies, collectors, researchers and visitors. Scientific collections are so always in motion and to bring together these movements of such different collections and actors as in this project in different forms of results seems very innovative to me.
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Silvano Montaldo

University of Turin, Italy
silvano.montaldo [at]

Full Professor of Contemporary History, Department of Historical Studies; President of the University Museum System (SMA) and Academic Director of the Cesare Lombroso Museum of Criminal Anthropology, University of Turin. Principal research interests: Nineteenth-century social history; History of Italian unification; History of criminology. My involvement in the project is aimed at reconstructing the circulation of finds, documents and ideas related to positivist criminology between Europe and the Americas.
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Luciano Varela

Universidad de la República, Uruguay
luciano.lvr [at]

I am a paleontologist from Uruguay, South America. I am currently doing my PhD on macroevolutionary and macroecological aspects of fossil xenarthrans, one of the most important groups of the South American native megafauna. I also work using 3D models of fossil bones to answer various questions about these animals, like what they ate or how hard they bit. I am interested in the conservation and valorization of small fossil collections and the use of new technologies in these activities.
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Martín Batallés

Universidad de la República, Uruguay
elcapitangarfio [at]

I am a graphic designer, illustrator and photographer. I have a diploma on Museum Studies by UdelaR. My area of work is the intersection between arts and science, especially paleontology, focusing on science communication and outreach. Since 2011 I work at the Arroyo del Vizcaíno collection, which holds thousands of mammal pleistocene fossils from a near paleontological site. Currently I work in the areas of communication, photography, conservation and collection management. I’m co-creator and designer of Megafauna 3D, a paleontological outreach project. As a designer, my production is focused on cultural, arts and science projects.
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Adriana E. Marvaldi

National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Argentina
marvaldi [at]

I am a research scientist of The National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) at the Museum of Natural Sciences in La Plata, Argentina. I studied Biology and earned my Doctorate in 1995 at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Museum of the National University of La Plata. I have worked for two decades at the Argentine Dryland Research Institute in Mendoza. Since 2015, I work at the Entomology Division of the Museum of La Plata. I am interested in Coleoptera (beetles) systematics and evolution. My involvement in the SciCoMove project deals with pursuing collection-based research on South American weevils.
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Louise Couëffé

Université d’Angers, France
coueffe.louise [at]

I am a PhD student in History at the University of Angers, in the TEMOS (Temps MOnde Société) research team. I study herbaria and plants collecting in Western France (XIXth century), using both history of sciences and environmental history. My contribution in the project will deal with botany and transnational circulation of plants in herbaria.

Carla Jaimes Betancourt

University of Bonn, Germany
cjaimes [at]

I am a lecturer at the Department for the Anthropology of the Americas, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany. My research is focused on complex societies of the southwest Amazon, expansion and ethnogenesis processes in the southern lowlands of South America, and cultural heritage.Since 1999 I have been investigating monumental sites in the ‘Llanos de Moxos’, Bolivia. I also have experience with archaeological materials from the Ecuadorian, Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon that provide me with a regional view through time and space. In this project my research focuses on the archaeological legacies of the Llanos de Moxos of the Museo de Plata, Argentina and regional comparisons with other monumental mounds in Argentina and Uruguay.
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P. Sebastián Tambusso

Universidad de la República, Uruguay
stambusso [at]

I am a biologist with a specialization in paleontology. My PhD at the University of the Republic is about the axial anatomy of fossil xenarthrans. My research focuses on the anatomy, paleobiology, biogeography and macroevolution of the Pleistocene megafauna, with a particular emphasis on Xenarthra, and with the main objective of reconstructing their ways of life and the evolutionary processes of these fossil vertebrates. Since 2010 I have been working in the Arroyo del Vizcaíno Collection (Sauce, Uruguay). This has favored my interest in studying paleontological collections and deepening conservation issues, as well as seeking to improve the valuing of the paleaontological heritage, which has led me to get involved in this project.
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Antje Gunsenheimer

University of Bonn, Germany
antje.gunsenheimer [at]

As cultural anthropologist, I am doing research on indigenous collective memory in Mexico with regard to its use as resource in political argumentations and in economic spheres, as e.g. tourism industries today. With regard to the project, I am specifically interested in doing research on the role given to Mexican archaeological and cultural heritage in tourism industries, which concerns the re-production of objects, the interface between the producer and consumer’s interests and the interwoven dynamics of travelling objects and ideas.
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Stefanie Gänger

Universität Heidelberg
stefanie.gaenger [at]

I am Professor of Modern History at the University of Heidelberg. I hold an MPhil and a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge and completed my BA in History at the Universities of Augsburg and Seville. My work considers the histories of science and collecting in late-colonial and early Republican Spanish America, as well as the wider world. My first book, Relics of the Past – on antiquarianism in nineteenth-century Andean South America – was published by Oxford University Press in 2014.
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Christian Stenz

Universität Heidelberg
christian.stenz [at]

I am a PhD student at the University of Heidelberg. I hold an MA in History from the University of Heidelberg and completed my BA in History and Political Sciences at the University of Zurich. In my current research project I investigate the production of scientific objects coffee, sugar cane and cochineal plantations in Guatemala’s Bocacosta and Soconusco in the 19th century. Thereby, I am interested in how the social, economic and ecological transformations triggered by the expansion of the plantation economy in these regions shaped the production and circulation of scientific objects.

Maria Guadalupe del Río

Museo de La Plata-CONICET
guadalupedelrio [at]

I am a permanent researcher at CONICET and assistant professor at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Museum of the UNLP in Argentina. I am entomologist and worked at the Museo de La Plata, where I am in charge of the Coleoptera Collection. My research focuses on a group of neotropical weevils that cause damage to different crops in Argentina and neighbouring countries.
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Géraldine Delley

Laténium, parc et musée d’archéologie Neuchâtel
geraldine.delley [at]

I’m a historian sciences specialised in the collaborations between archaeology and natural sciences. As deputy director of the Laténium – parc et musée d’archéologie in Neuchâtel, my work brings me to study the collections and their histories and to transmit to the public a history of archaeology perspective in the exhibitions I curate. In the SciCoMove project I will explore the circulation of objects, specimen and knowledge related to the exploration of wetland prehistoric sites (1850-1950).
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Mariana Waligora

Universidad Nacional de La Plata
marifwal [at]

I have a degree in Biology and I am currently doing my PhD in Natural Sciences at the National University of La Plata, Argentina. My research is focused on the exchanges between scientists and institutions of the Glossopteris fossil collections. This fossil plant genus was very important for the elaboration of scientific narratives of earth history, namely for the concepts of the ancient period Carboniferous, and the ancient continent of Gondwana and the continental drift theory during the 18th to the 20th century. This research shows the intimate relationship between the history of the classification of this genus, the coal exploitation in the southern hemisphere continents and India, and the beginning of comparative stratigraphy.

Simon Hirzel

University of Bonn, Germany
simon.hirzel [at]
As a cultural anthropologist with a regional focus on Latin America, I mainly deal with the topics of materiality and appropriation. Starting with locally appropriated global goods such as the VW Beetle in Mexico, through chocolate, its distribution in Europe and the associated production conditions and meanings, to the question of the materiality of human remains and processes of appropriation by museums in the so-called global North. I will treat and elaborate the latter topic in detail in my doctoral thesis on the basis of a mummy in the BASA Museum (Bonn Collection of the Americas), which is just beginning. In order to be able to trace and investigate the meanings, attributions, and practices of appropriation of objects and human remains by the respective actors, I am particularly interested in the stories written and told around them within these practices from different perspectives. These include personal as well as collective memories and created myths that give rise to cultural representations such as lieux de mémoire (sites of memory).

Frederik Leliaert

Meise Botanic Garden
frederik.leliaert [at]

I presently hold the position of scientific director in charge of the Herbarium & Library Department at Meise Botanic Garden. One of the central responsibilities of Meise Botanic Garden revolve around the preservation and curation of its herbarium and library collections. My primary goal is to enhance and ensure broader accessibility to these invaluable and extensive collections through both optimal physical curation and increased digital access. My academic background is within the fields of biodiversity and evolution. As a seaweed biologist, my primary focus centres on marine macroalgae. My research encompasses a wide spectrum of areas, spanning from taxonomy and biogeography based on collection data, to the exploration of molecular phylogenetics and genomics within the realm of algae. I aim to contribute to the SciCoMove project by leveraging my expertise in digital curation of collections, with a specific emphasis on the frequently overlooked group of algae within herbarium and natural history collections.
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Gerardo García Rojas

Centro de Investigaciones y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, México
gerardo_garoj [at]
I am a PhD student at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico. My research focuses on the articulation of the indigenous as an object of study through the collections that the National Museum of Mexico gathered and exhibited in the first decades of the twentieth century. In the SciCoMove project I will study the contact that this museum had in the same period with institutions in other countries by means of the circulation of objects, writings and experts.

Franck Laurent

Le Mans University, Laboratoire 3L.AM (Langues, Littératures, Linguistique des Universités d’Angers et du Mans), Diagonales (Maison de la Recherche en Humanités et Sciences sociales, Le Mans Université)
Franck.Laurent [at]
I am Professor of French Literature of the 19th and 20th centuries at Le Mans Université, where I direct Diagonales, a research center for the humanities and social sciences. My research focuses on Victor Hugo, literary Orientalism, colonial cultures and travel literature. Through these different objects and themes, I study the procedures by which literature operates transfers and circulations between different types of discourse, knowledge and disciplines.  My work here focuses on Roger Caillois, his collection of “stones” and the texts it inspired, emphasizing both their poetic and epistemological dimensions.

Adeline Soulier

Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (UMR7179 MECADEV, MNHN-CNRS), Paris, France
adeline.soulier [at]
Entomologist, I am working on the systematic of some Hemiptera families and the structure of their species communities. My interest goes from collecting, describing, constructing phylogenies then to test hypotheses like adaptative traits and historical biogeographic evolution. Since 2005, I am an associate professor of the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle in Paris and as such I am in charge of part of the Hemiptera collection. It enables me to investigate as well what the specimens in the collection can hold as historical information and evolution of the entomologist practices which led me to get involved to the SciCoMove. 

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Séverine Georgin

Le Mans University, TEMOS CNRS UMR 9016, Le Mans, France
I am a PHD student at the University of Le Mans, studying collections of trepanned skulls that merged during the second part of the 19th century. I’m also connecting those strange human remains to the debate they aroused. In the SciCoMove project, I would like to determinate how and why skulls, duplicates, and knowledge circulated from place to place, especially between Europe and America. 



José Beltrán

TEMOS CNRS UMR 9016, Le Mans, France
jose.beltran [at]
I am a historian, currently chargé de recherche (permanent researcher) at the CNRS (France). I work on the history of natural history in France and its colonies between the seventeenth- and the nineteenth-century, with particular attention to the materiality of knowledge, imperial and colonial dynamics, and the impact of cultural heritage practices over our perception of the past. After a first book (forthcoming) on visual culture in the natural history of the Antilles during the reign of Louis XIV, I am currently working on a second book on naturalists’ scribal practices. Within SCICOMOVE, I’ll focus on two other projects: one deals with eighteenth-century provincial collections of natural history objects from Africa; the other, on “peripheral” natural historical heritage, or the variety of artefacts that accompany historical specimens in museums. 



Marc-Antoine Kaeser

Laténium, parc et musée d’archéologie Neuchâtel
marc-antoine.kaeser [at]

I am the director of the Latenium, the main archaeology museum in Switzerland, and a professor of prehistory at the University of Neuchâtel. As an archaeologist and a historian of science, my research within the project focuses on epistemological issues relating to the circulation of objects and collections, where the local needs and expectations of museal institutions are confronted with « universal » principles of natural and archaeological sciences.



Lars Dickann

Universität Heidelberg
lars.dickmann [at]

I am a PhD student at the University of Heidelberg and part of the Research Training Group Ambivalent Enmity. Dynamics of Antagonism in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East and hold an MA in European History in Global Perspective at the University of Basel. I have a BA in History and Sociology from the University of Basel. My current research project focuses on Swiss entomologists in the Dutch East Indies in the first half of the 20th century as applied entomologists and collectors. I am interested in how entomological collections were constructed as information hubs for applied biological control methods.