Thanks to the Santorio Fellowship, I was able to participate in the prestigious international summer school on early modern medicine in Pisa, The Kiln, the Alembic and the Clockwork. As a literary scholar dealing with scientific topics, I gained much from being in the company of leading international historians of medicine. The feedback I received about my own work has helped me take my research in a new direction.
I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the summer school.
The words cannot express my gratitude…I have been to quite a lot of conferences and
summer schools all across Europe, and I have never had an experience like this.
Everybody just clicked together, and my mind was full of new ideas at the end of it.
The paper I subsequently presented at the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen was received with enthusiasm, and it resulted in a fully-funded invitation to a conference at Emory University in Atlanta this winter. I have also been invited to hold a guest talk at Aarhus University in June, which will be heavily indebted to my experience at the summer school. The Santorio Fellowship has helped me realise the value of my own research. Apart from enhancing my chances of ensuring further funding for my research, it has also enabled me to create a valuable network of international academic contacts.