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Eugenio Luciano receives Laura Bassi Scholarship

The Laura Bassi Scholarship supports research on neglected topics of study


Eugenio Luciano, a doctoral candidate at the RCC, receives Laura Bassi Scholarship for his critical translation (Italian to English) of an excerpt from the nineteenth-century Italian geologist Antonio Stoppani's second volume of Note, originally published in 1867.

The excerpt translated is Chapter XV, “Neozoic Epoch: Anthropozoic formations” that represents the first instance where a scientific characterization of the “Anthropozoic” is given. The “Anthropozoic” has regained popularity as a result of the recent interest in the “Anthropocene,” namely, a proposed geological epoch determined by the impact of humankind. Scholars immediately linked the two terms, initiating a debate whether the “Anthropocene” constitutes a theoretical singularity, or its predecessors—such as Stoppani's “Anthropozoic”—anticipated much of its novelty.

Luciano's translation includes a critical introduction to the geological research context of the nineteenth century, to Stoppani's biography and research and discusses the similarities and differences between the “Anthropozoic” and the "Anthropocene".

The Laura Bassi Scholarship was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed, within their disciplines.