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David McOmish

ERC Visiting Fellowship Programme

After studying and working as an engineer (1995-1999), I returned to tertiary education to complete MA (2004) and MPhil Degrees (2006) in Classical Philology at the University of Glasgow. I then received a doctorate in philosophy from Glasgow (2011) with a Thesis on formal education and institutional reform in Italy in Late Antiquity. From 2012 until 2015, I was a postdoctoral scholar and lead researcher on the early modern Latin Literature project ‘Bridging the Continental Divide’ at the University of Glasgow, with a focus upon the astronomical literature of Ramist professor Adam King. In 2016, I was postdoctoral fellow at the Ludwig Bolzmann Institute in Innsbruck, Austria, transcribing and translating the mathematical and astronomical Latin educational literature of British and French Ramist professors. In 2017, I was a project researcher on the Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities project ‘William Hunter’s Library: A Transcription of the Early Catalogues’. In 2018, I was postdoctoral Fellow at the Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, translating and critically analysing the intellectual work of a key Parisian Ramist mathematics professor in the late 16th century. As a library fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), University of Edinburgh (2019-2020), I was able to continue this work. It then developed into a project (MSCA IF University of Venice, 2020-2022) on the intellectual connections across the broader cosmopolitan network of these Parisian educational reformers across Europe, but especially in the Venetian Republic. As PI of the current CAPIENS project at the University of Venice (2022-2026), I coordinate a research group that is examining the texts and educational activities of Cosmopolitan Academics at Pluralist Institutions with regard to the Emergence of the New Sciences of the early modern period.