Eveline Szarka

Eveline Szarka

Postdoctoral Fellow in History at Harvard University from Jan 2021
Eveline Szarka
  • Region: Europe
  • Time: 16th Century; 17th Century; 18th Century; 19th Century
  • Theme: Cultural History; Reformation History; History of Science; History of Knowledge; History of the Book


Eveline Szarka earned her B.A. in German philology and history and her M.A. in German philology and medieval studies from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She finished her Ph.D. in history at the University of Zurich in July 2020. During both her undergraduate and graduate studies, she was a visiting student at the history department of the University of Cambridge, UK. Her Ph.D. dissertation A Sense for Specters: Hauntings in Post-Reformation Switzerland focuses on the impact of the Protestant Reformation on the belief in ghosts and specters in Switzerland from 1570-1730.

In 2020, she was granted a scholarship from the Swiss National Science Foundation to visit Harvard University and University College London from 2021-2022 as a postdoctoral fellow. Her current project focuses on handbooks about magic tricks and life hacks as related to the history of knowledge and science (1650-1850). Her research interests lie primarily in early modern world views, historical conceptions of (im)materiality and causality, and the potentials of human manipulation of the physical world.


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