Galileo's telescope, sketched in a diagram, from Sidereus Nuncius (The Starry Messenger). Venice: Tommaso Baglioni, 1610.

Library of Congress, Washington, DC

History of Science & Digital Humanities

Professional Goals


A Humanist in a Digital World


I am a historian of science at IU Bloomington. I see myself as a book detective, examining books and deciphering manuscripts by Sir Isaac Newton, Galileo Galilei, and Thomas Harriot. 

As an expert of authenticity and forgery, I knew that the so-called "Galileo manuscript" at the University of Michigan was a fake, way before it was declared to be a fabrication – which is why, in my Ph.D. dissertation, I referred to the copy housed at the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze, instead. 

A favorite follower of mine on Twitter? Christie's Books (@ChristiesBKS).

I have published on GeoHumanities '21, Proceedings of the 5th Association for Computing Machinery International Workshop on Geospatial Humanities, Interdisciplinary Digital Engagement in Arts & Humanities (IDEAH), La parola del testo: Rivista internazionale di letteratura italiana e comparata, Palgrave Macmillan, Cambridge Scholars, and Galilaeana, among others. I have chapters and articles in press with The University of Chicago Press, IDEAH, Theatre Journal, and HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science.

I am active on the boards of the Association for Computers and the Humanities, the PHAROS pilot project, The International Consortium of Photo Archives, Europeana Network Association, the New York City Digital Humanities group, and the Graduate Journal of Food Studies. 

Check out my professional portfolio for my work in the humanities, with links to my research, teaching, and professional work.

Selected Publications

Agostini, Caterina, and Daniela Rovida. “Women in Early Modern Italy: Art and Printing” (2024) 

Agostini, Caterina. Translation of Goro Dati's La Sfera, co-authored with Carrie Beneš, Elena Brizio, Laura Ingallinella, Monica Keane, and Laura Morreale (2022), https://osf.io/preprints/bodoarxiv/92ers/


---. "A Geospatial La Sfera: Navigating the Renaissance in the Mediterranean" co-authored with Carrie Beneš, in 5th Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGSPATIAL Workshop on Geospatial Humanities (2021), https://doi.org/10.1145/3486187.3490207 


---. “Art in the Time of Syphilis: A Digital Humanities Approach toward Considering a Medical Narrative in Benvenuto Cellini’s Autobiography.” Interdisciplinary Digital Engagement in Arts & Humanities (IDEAH), Volume 2, Issue 1 (2021), https://doi.org/10.21428/f1f23564.97921c12  

 

---. “Santorio’s Medical Method at the Time of Corpuscularism.” La parola del testo, Rivista internazionale di letteratura italiana e comparata, XXV, 1-2 (2021): 87-99


---. “Communicating across Cultures: The Case of Primo Levi, Italo Calvino, and Pliny the Elder.” In Translation and Globalization across Classrooms, Communities, and the Humanities. Ed. Concepción Godev. New York: Palgrave Macmillan Publishing, 2018: 63-77. This study has been included in the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) at Columbia University, in the Memory Studies bibliography and portal, and SOAR, Scholarly Open Access at Rutgers


---. “Personal Belief and Social Practice in Pliny the Elder's Naturalis Historia.” Religion and Belief: A Moral Landscape. Eds. Malcolm Heath, Christopher Green, and Fabio Serranito. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014: 129-39.


---. “Sul filo della musica: armonia e scienza da Mersenne a Galileo.” Essay review of Natacha Fabbri, De l’utilité de l’harmonie (2008). Galilaeana: Journal of Galilean Studies, X (2013): 237-244


---. “Real, Unreal and Magic in Pliny the Elder’s Naturalis Historia.” University of St. Andrews Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient Literature (2013)


Forthcoming:

Agostini, Caterina. "Reading Collections in the Edison Papers." Interdisciplinary Digital Engagement in Arts & Humanities (IDEAH), 2023

Agostini, Caterina and Paul Israel. “Mediating and Connecting: Versatile Digital Publishing in the Edison Papers.” “Digital Editing & Publishing in the Twenty-First Century. C21 Editions, ed. James O'Sullivan, 2023

Agostini, Caterina. “Alphabet, Course, and Discourse in Galileo and Calvino” to be submitted to Italian Culture, 2023

Agostini, Caterina, Carrie Beneš, Elena Brizio, Laura Ingallinella, Monica Keane, and Laura Morreale. Goro Dati, The Globe (La Sfera), Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications. This textbook is a translation of commentary in the series TEAMS: Teaching Association for Medieval Studies

Agostini, Caterina. “Narrating Syphilis in 16th-Century Italy” in a collected volume edited by Giovanni Spani, Quod Manet, 2023

Agostini, Caterina. “Dear Galileo: Letters on Astronomy” in El Khatib, Randa and Caroline Winter, eds. The Changing Shape of Digital Early Modern Studies. Toronto and New York: Iter Press (distributed by University of Chicago Press), 2022


Also, exploring call for papers at professional conferences and writing abstracts... 

💬 Keywords: Digital Humanities, History of Science, Galileo, material book history, IIIF

Museum Exhibitions

I have a forthcoming exhibit on the history of mathematics at Notre Dame (Spring 2024).


In 2022, I was awarded the inaugural D’Argenio Fellowship in History and Data Visualization at Seton Hall University (2021-2022) to study the D'Argenio Collection of Coins and Antiquities at Seton Hall University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections, and Walsh Gallery, and to give a lecture at Seton Hall and publish articles and white papers on my research.

Selected Digital Humanities Projects 

Agostini, Caterina, and Daniela Rovida. “Women in Early Modern Italy: Art and Printing” (2024) 


Medieval Padua Painted City is my pedagogical project celebrating the 14th-century fresco cycles in Padua, Italy being included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, May 2022


Postdoctoral Associate and digital edition specialist for the Thomas A. Edison Papers, a research center at Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences, funded by the National Archives and the National Endowment for the Humanities, 2021


“Dear Galileo: Letters on Astronomy” is my ongoing mapping project locating letters in a timeline and classifying them as letters of approval or dissent of Galileo’s astronomical theories.


“Santorio’s Medical Method” presents an insight into the medical method of Santorio, dating back to the early 1600’s, when he weighed himself for thirty years and he recorded ten thousand measurements from patients


“A Sourcebook of Early Modern Medicine” collects sources published in Europe from the 1500s, relating to syphilis


“People, Place, and Power in Eighteenth-Century Ghent” co-authored with N. Cappa, M. T. De Luca, P. Israel, L. Levkovitch, A. Mininni, L. Morreale, and P. Scartoni, a project examining and presenting a festival book dating back to 1717 (Rare Books and Special Collections, Rutgers University Libraries)

Recent Fellowships, Awards, and Funding

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, Mapping the Early Modern World, The Newberry Library, Chicago, IL, Summer 2022

The D’Argenio Fellowships in History and Data Visualization, to write a historical study and create a data visualization of the Ron D’Argenio Collection of Coins and Antiquities at Walsh Gallery, Archives and Special Collections, and Seton Hall University Libraries, 2021-2022


2021 Rutgers School of Graduate Studies Excellence in Outreach and Service


Eugene Garfield Fellowship, Library & Museum Resident Research Fellow at the American Philosophical Society (APS), Philadelphia, 2020-2021


Support for conference registration at the Renaissance Society of America virtual annual meeting 2021, from Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages & Renaissance


Rutgers University Excellence Fellowship, 2016-2017 and 2019-2020


Open Knowledge Practicum Fellowship at the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, Open Knowledge Program, at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, May 2019


Renaissance Society of America DHSI Scholarship covering tuition for Out-of-the-Box Text Analysis for the Digital Humanities, taught by David L. Hoover, and Text Mapping as Modelling, taught by Øyvind Eide, 2019

Invited Talks

2024 History and Philosophy of Science Conference, IU Bloomington

In Anticipation of the 2024 Eclipse," 7 April 2024 


2024 History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine Colloquium, IU Bloomington

“Charting the Cosmos: Exploring Galileo’s Correspondence on Astronomy,” 22 February 2024


2024 Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame

“Working with Medieval Manuscripts or Art Historical Images using IIIF,” sponsored by the University of Notre Dame, the Medieval Academy of America, and Digital Medievalist, Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame


2023 Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School

“The Harriot Papers: Transcribing De infinitis” with Robert Goulding, Dan Johnson, and Natalie Meyers


2023-2024 Technology as a Profession, University of Notre Dame

Professor John Behrens’s course, Technology as a Profession, 23 March 2023

Mentoring and advising Professor John Behrens’s students in the Technology as a Profession course at the Coffee and Donuts meeting, 24 March 2023


2023 Celebration of Galileo's Book, Il Saggiatore (The Assayer, 1623), University of Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway and Pontifical Lateran University

Invited moderator and discussant, Notre Dame Global Gateway, Che le cose recondite vengano in luce: Four hundred years from The Assayer by Galileo Galilei, University of Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway in collaboration with the Faculty of Philosophy, Pontifical Lateran University, 28 March 2023


2023 Graduate Seminar at the University of Pittsburgh

Professor James Coleman’s graduate seminar, “Book of Islands: Mediterranean Networks and Texts, 1300-1700,” University of Pittsburgh, 1 February 2023 (online)


2022 Graduate Course at the German Program, The University of Notre Dame

“Introduction to Text Editing,” visiting a class taught by Professor CJ Jones (November)


2022 Charles and Joan Alberto Italian Studies Institute Lecture, Seton Hall University

“Currency, Culture, and the Ron D’Argenio Collection of Coins” (September)


2022 Digital Palaeography Summer School, University of Göttingen

“Introduction to IIIF,” Digital Palaeography Summer School, University of Göttingen, 4 August 2022 (online)


2022 Winter School on Digital Humanities and Computational Social Sciences, Fundação Getulio Vargas, Center for Research and Documentation of Contemporary Brazilian History, Rio de Janeiro

“IIIF for Cultural Heritage,” Fundação Getulio Vargas, Center for Research and Documentation of Contemporary Brazilian History, Winter School on Digital Humanities and Computational Social Sciences, 20 July 2022 (online) 


2022 DH Summer Institute at Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

“IIIF in the Edison Papers" (online)


2022 New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Sarasota, FL

“Digital Traveling: Maps in Dati’s La Sfera” 


2022 Design Proposal and Presentation at Johns Hopkins University Press

“Versatile E-Books through IIIF,” my proposal of digital edition design 


Renaissance Society of America (RSA) annual meeting


2022, Dublin 

“Spatial Humanities: Pushing the Boundaries of Digital Objects,” a roundtable discussion with Diane Jakacki (Bucknell University), David Joseph Wrisley (NYU Abu Dhabi), Nicholas Terpstra (University of Toronto), Annie Hongping Nie (University of Oxford), Francesca Bortoletti (University of Minnesota), Janelle Jenstad (University of Victoria), for the New Technologies and Renaissance Studies panel at RSA. Sponsored by Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance 


2021 (online)

Roundtable “Best Practices in Digital Collaborative Editing: A View from La Sfera” 


FromThePage, to the Culture” at the roundtable “Digital Collaborative Editing Best Practices: View from La Sfera,” New Technologies and Renaissance Studies, sponsored by Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance 


2021 PHAROS, The International Consortium of Photo Archives, Executive Board

Moderator, with Alexander Supartono


2021 IIIF Fall Working Meeting

"A Language Case Study: Italian IIIF," at the 2021 IIIF Fall Working Meeting, in the session "How do we reach the right people with IIIF?" (video recording on YouTube, 16:23-24:52)


2021 Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies: Immaterial Culture 

“Mapping La Sfera (online)


2020 Rutgers University Graduate Seminar on the Italian Baroque

“Galileo Galilei” in a Rutgers Italian Department graduate seminar, Italian Literature in the 17th and 18th centuries: Baroque [in Italian]


2018 Italian Research Day in New York City

“Science in History: The Case of Galileo Galilei” (“Scienza nella storia: il caso di Galileo Galilei”), a lecture for the Italian Research Day celebrations organized by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (Ministero dell’istruzione, dell'università e della ricerca) through the Italian Consulate of New York City [in Italian]


2015 Interview with Music in Your Suitcase (“Musica in valigia") 

Interview with the cultural association “Musica in valigia,” Treviso, Italy (online) [in Italian]

Selected Conference Presentations

Renaissance and Early Modern Studies

“Women’s Contributions in Early Modern Italy: Exploring Cultural Production in Art and Printing,” with Daniela Rovida, Symposium “Challenging Empire: Women, Art, and the Global Early Modern World,” Birmingham Museum of Art, 2 March 2024

“Censored and Persistent Editing, abroad: Galileo and Two New Sciences” for the panel “Interpretation and Expression under Duress in the Italian 17th, 18th, and 19th Centuries,” MLA, San Francisco, 5-8 January 2023

“Textual and Geospatial Knowledge: Dati’s La Sfera and Mediterranean Portolan Charts” for the panel “The Mediterranean World and Italian Literature, 1200-1600,” MLA, San Francisco, 5-8 January 2023

“Tradizioni umanistiche per idee della scienza tra Rinascimento e periodo moderno” for the panel “L’italiano e la scienza tra Medioevo e Rinascimento: le vie della lingua, della letteratura, dell’arte,” Associazione Internazionale Professori d’Italiano conference “Scienza, arte e letteratura: lingue, narrazioni, culture che si incrociano,” Geneva, 28-30 June 2021

“Early Modern Discussions on Public Health: the 1630 Plague” for the seminar “Plagues and Diseases in Literature,” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) convention, 11 March 2021 (online) 

Poster presentation “Dear Galileo: Letters on Astronomy,” Modern Language Association (MLA) convention, 8 January 2021 (online)

“At the Table of the Scientist: An Unusual Galileo” for the panel “Food Is Culture: Taste and Italy,” NeMLA convention, Washington, DC, 22 March 2019

“Seeing and Believing? Natural, Unnatural, and Astronomical Rhetoric in Primo Levi’s Sidereus Nuncius,” Carolina Conference of Romance Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1 April 2017

History of Science and Medical Humanities

“Interpreting Certainty and Uncertainty: Galileo’s Scientific Treatises and Influence” for the panel “Uncertainty in Italian Texts” of the MLA Division of 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century Italian literature, MLA convention, 8 January 2021 (online) 

“Diet, Weight, and the Authority of Books: Santorio’s Medical Method,” Medical Heritage Library Conference, 13 November 2020 (online) 

“The Syphilis Case Study and Narrative Medicine in Early Modern Italy” for the panel “Diseases and Remedies: Late Medieval and Early Modern Narratives,” Chiasmi Brown and Harvard Graduate Student Conference “Medicine and the Arts: Co-relazioni,” 23 October 2020 (online)

“Narrating Syphilis in 16th-century Italy” for the seminar “Medical Humanities: Literature, Medicine and the Arts,” NeMLA convention, Boston, 8 March 2020

“Art in the Time of Syphilis: A Medical Narrative in Benvenuto Cellini’s Works” for the panel “Disease and Disability in the Renaissance,” RSA annual meeting, Toronto, 18 March 2019

 “Art in the Time of Syphilis: A First-Person Medical Narrative in Benvenuto Cellini’s Vita,” a poster presentation, “Representing Infirmity: Diseased Bodies in Renaissance and Early Modern Italy” conference, Monash University, Prato, Italy, 13-15 December 2017

“A Doctor-Patient Relationship Unveiled in Poems: Francesco Petrarca’s Reasons for Disliking Medicine Practitioners,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, 11 May 2017

Digital Humanities

“Reading Rooms in The Edison Papers,” Digital Humanities Conference and Colloquium Online Edition, University of Victoria, British Columbia, 10 June 2022

“Digital Cultural Heritage: Medieval Padua Art in the UNESCO World Heritage List” for the panel “Teaching the Middle Ages Using Digital Mapping” sponsored by TEAMS (Teaching Association for Medieval Studies) and Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages & Renaissance, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, 12 May 2022 (online)

A roundtable on Dati’s La Sfera, the New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 3-5 March 2022  

“A Geospatial La Sfera: Navigating the Renaissance in the Mediterranean” with Carrie Beneš, 5th Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGSPATIAL Workshop on Geospatial Humanities, in conjunction with ACM SIGSPATIAL 2021 in Beijing, China, 2 November 2021 (online)

“Digital Cultural Heritage: Medieval Padua Art in the UNESCO World Heritage List” for the panel “Teaching the Middle Ages Using Digital Mapping,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, 9-14 May 2022

Organizer and instructor for “Introduction to the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF),” a professional workshop for pedagogy and interdisciplinary humanities at the NeMLA convention, 10 March 2022, Baltimore, MD

Organizer and instructor for Mapping with Digital Humanities Tools, a professional workshop for pedagogy and interdisciplinary humanities at the NeMLA convention, 10 March 2021 (online)

Introduction to IIIF, the International Image Interoperability Framework, New York City Digital Humanities (NYCDH) Week, 9 February 2022 and 12 February 2021 (online)

Mapping with Palladio, NYCDH Week, 10 February 2022 and 10 February 2021 (online) 

“Textual Analysis and Teaching with Digital Humanities Tools” for the roundtable “Teaching with Technology or Technology with Teaching?” NeMLA convention, Boston, 7 March 2020

“Scientific Thinking and Narrative Discourse in Early Modern Italy,” PHAROS pilot project meeting, The Frick Collection, New York City, 28 February 2020

Poster presentation and digital demonstration of “Art in the Time of Syphilis: A Medical Narrative in Benvenuto Cellini’s Vita,” Digital Humanities Conference and Colloquium, University of Victoria, British Columbia, 7 June 2019

Pedagogy

“Primary Sources in the Classroom,” Rutgers Online Learning Conference, 15-16 March 2021

“Using Scalar for Italian Research Projects” for the panel “Digital Italian,” NeMLA convention, Washington, DC, 21 March 2019

Service and Community Outreach 

Communications Lead, Association for Computers and the Humanities, 2023–2024

Invited Advisory Board member in Galileo’s Virtual Library, a Digital Humanities project coordinated by Crystal Hall at Bowdoin College, 2022-2024

Judge in the 2023 University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries Hackathon, Hacking for Harmony, March 31-April 2, 2023

Judge in the 2023 Love Data Week Haiku Contest, University of Notre Dame, 17 February 2023

Social Media Translator on Twitter (English, Italian, and Spanish) at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (Online Edition), funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Gale Cengage, 2021-2022

Contributing author for the website Mainly Museums, 2021

Translator of three short stories, “Tutto per bene,” “La buon’anima,” “Senza malizia” from Stories for a Year (Novelle per un anno) by Luigi Pirandello, in Stories for a Year, eds. Lisa Sarti and Michael Subialka, Digital Edition, 2022

Nominated for election to the MLA Executive Committee for the LLC for 17th, 18th, and 19th-century in Italian, and New York City Digital Humanities (NYCDH) Steering Committee, 2022 

Inaugural Advisory Board Member at The Transcription Challenge Framework, 2021-2023

Peer reviewer for The Italianist, a scholarly journal published by Taylor & Francis, November 2021 to present

Peer reviewer for Visualizing Objects, Places, and Spaces: A Digital Project Handbook, July- August 2021

#DLFTeach host, with M. Keane and L. Morreale, in Digital Library Federation (DLF) and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Twitter chats: “Transcribing Together: Crowdsourcing on Digital Projects,” 20 April 2021

Co-founder and coordinator of a special interest discussion group on IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework), 2021

Reviewer for the Aresty Rutgers Undergraduate Research Journal, 2021

Scholar Advisory Group member at the PHAROS pilot project, The International Consortium of Photo Archives, providing feedback on user interface designs and prototypes for a collection of nearly 1.5 million images of early modern artworks and documentation at the Frick Collection; I Tatti at Harvard, Fondazione Federico Zeri, Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck Institute for Art History, and Bildarchiv Foto Marburg, 2019-2021

Co-author and curator: 

Storytelling Task Force, Europeana Network Association, 2020-2021

Editor-at-large for Digital Humanities Now, May 2020

Editorial board, peer reviewer, and book reviewer for the Graduate Journal of Food Studies, 2019-2021

Vice President of the Italian Graduate Society at Rutgers University, with responsibilities in planning and organizing lectures and events, fundraising, and editing La Fusta, the oldest graduate journal in Italian Studies in North America, 2018-2019

Cultural projects with the Italian Consulate of New York City, Education Office, in particular at the American Museum of Natural History, 2018

Judge at the Rutgers Aresty Undergraduate Research Symposium, 2017-2018

Production Editor of Italian Quarterly, 2016-2017

Judge at the American National Junior Classical League Creative Writing Contest, 2014-2015

“Italian Immigration in the US: Images, Stories, and Songs,” a lecture with guest speakers, Italian-American band Mebanesville, 20 November 2014

Editorial Experience

Production Editor for Italian Quarterly, a scholarly journal at Rutgers University, 2017


Editor for the journal La Fusta and co-author of the Italian Graduate Society Call for Papers, 2018-2019

Professional Memberships

American Historical Association, Renaissance Society of America, Association for Computers and the Humanities, Women Who Code, Association for Computing Machinery and SIGSPATIAL, the ACM Special Interest Group on Spatial Information, Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations, Global Outlook::Digital Humanities, National Postdoctoral Association, Modern Language Association, Northeast Modern Language Association, Associazione Internazionale dei Professori d’Italiano, Europeana Network Association, and Phi Sigma Iota honor society member

Ph.D. Degree

Caterina Agostini, sitting by the Rutgers Academic Building, holds a celebratory plaque for the 2021 Excellence in Outreach and Service Award

Dissertation

Agostini, Caterina. Scientific Thinking and Narrative Discourse in Early Modern Italy. https://doi.org/doi:10.7282/t3-5rjp-ff81 


Excellence in Outreach and Service Award

Caterina is the recipient of her entire graduating class at Rutgers. 

She was awarded the Rutgers School of Graduate Studies Excellence in Outreach and Service Award. The award is in recognition of digital scholarly communication, experience in the digital humanities methods and tools, outreach and engagement with diverse audiences (https://italian.rutgers.edu/docman-lister/newsletters/224-libretto-2021-newsletter/file). 


Teaching Experience

At Rutgers, Caterina also served as Teaching and Research Assistant, a Lecturer, and a Digital Humanities Specialist at the Rutgers Digital Humanities Initiative and Lab

Outreach and Service Award

The Rutgers 2021 School of Graduate Studies Excellence in Outreach and Service Award 

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E-mail cagostin [at] iu [dot] edu

ORCID iD https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1695-0433

Google Scholar https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=fJGAHeAAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

Twitter @CateAgostini 

Humanities Commons @agostini

GitHub CateAgostini https://github.com/CateAgostini 

LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/caterina-agostini