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Nieto-Galan, Agustí
Full-time lecturer
Department of Philosophy, UAB


Agustí Nieto-Galan is Senior Lecturer in History of Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), and ICREA Acadèmia Fellow (2009). Following degrees in both chemistry and history, he took his PhD in the History of Science at the Universitat de Barcelona and held postdoctoral positions in the Modern History Faculty, University of Oxford, and the Centre de Recherche en Histoire des Sciences et des Techniques at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie/ CNRS, Paris. He has written widely on the history of chemistry and natural dyestuffs, and the history of the popularization of science (18th-20th centuries). He is a founding member of the international research group “Science and Technology in the European Periphery” (STEP), and the Director of the Centre d’Història de la Ciència (CEHIC) at the UAB. He is currently working on several aspects of science popularization and urban history of science in Europe. From his recent work on the history of science popularization (18th-20th centuries), Dr. Nieto-Galan focuses now on urban history of science, as a way to explore the complex interactions between science and the city. Following the “urban turn” in the historiography of science, he is now editing a collective volume on the scientific culture of Barcelona (1888-1929). In that “urban” context, he also develops the “hunger artists’ project”, as a new research field on cultural history of science at a European level. Through a careful analysis of several itinerant public fasts from 1880s to the 1920s, he approaches debates on the culture of nutrition, its medicalization processes, and the quest for scientific authority at a comparative level. He also works on a new history of chemistry in twentieth-century Spain, with a particular emphasis on professional chemists’ role during Franco’s dictatorship.

Full CV.

Main Publications

HOCHADEL, Oliver; NIETO-GALAN, Agustí (eds.), Barcelona: An urban history of science and modernity (1888-1929). Ashgate. Aldershot 2015 (in preparation/contract signed).

NIETO-GALAN, Agustí, “Hunger Artists and Experimental Physiology in the Late Nineteenth Century. Mr Giovanni Succi Meets Dr Luigi Luciani in Florence”, (Social History of Medicine, to appear in 2014).

NIETO-GALAN, Agustí, “From papers to newspapers: Miguel Masriera (1901-1981) and the role of science popularisation under Franco regime” Science in Context, 26 (3) 2013, 527-549.

NIETO-GALAN, Agustí, “A Republican Natural History in Spain around 1900: Odón de Buen (1863-1945) and his Audiences”, Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, 42 (3) 2012, 159-189.

NIETO-GALAN, Agustí, “Historicitat i heterodòxia. La divulgació científica de Louis Figuier (1819-1894)”, Quaderns de Filologia. Estudis Lingüístics, 17, 2012, 81-94.

NIETO-GALAN, Agustí, “Scientific “marvels” in the public sphere: Barcelona and its 1888 International Exhibition”, Host, - Journal of History of Science and Technology, 6, 2012, 7-38.

NIETO-GALAN, Agustí, Los públicos de la ciencia. Expertos y profanos a través de la historia. Marcial Pons. Madrid 2011.

NIETO-GALAN, Agustí, “Antonio Gramsci Revisited: Historians of Science, Intellectuals, and the Struggle for Hegemony”, History of Science, xlix (2011) 453-478. 

NIETO-GALAN, Agustí , “La ciencia en la esfera pública del siglo XIX: géneros, discursos y apropiaciones”, Cultura Escrita & Sociedad, 10, 2010, 53-80.

NIETO-GALAN, Agustí, “Between Craft Routines and Academic Rules:  Natural Dyestuffs and the ‘Art’ of Dyeing in the Eighteenth Century”, in Ursula Klein and Emma Spary (eds.) Materials and Expertise in Early Modern Europe. Between Market and Laboratory, University of Chicago Press. Chicago 2010, 321-354.

PAPANELOPOULOU, Faidra;  NIETO-GALAN, Agustí; PERDIGUERO, Enrique (eds), Popularizing Science and Technology in the European Periphery, 1800-2000 (Ashgate, 2009).

NIETO-GALAN, Agustí, “… not fundamental in a state of full ‘civilization’”. The Sociedad Astronómica de Barcelona (1910-1921) and its popularization program”, Annals of Science, 66(4), 2009, 1-32.

NIETO-GALAN, Agustí, “The History of Science in Spain: A Critical Overview”, Nuncius, 23 (2), 2008, 211-236.
GAVROGLU, Kostas; NIETO-GALAN, Agustí et al., “Science and Technology in the European Periphery. Some historiographical reflections”, History of Science, xlvi, 2008, 1-23.

BERTOMEU-SÁNCHEZ, José Ramón; NIETO-GALAN, Agustí (eds.), Chemistry, Medicine, and Crime: Mateu J.B. Orfila (1787-1853) and His Times. Science History Publications, Sagamore Beach (USA), 2006.

NIETO-GALAN, Agustí, "Free radicals in the European periphery: 'translating' organic chemistry from Zurich to Barcelona in the early twentieth century", The British Journal for the History of Science, 37, 2004, 167-191.

NIETO-GALAN, Agustí, Cultura industrial, historia y medio ambiente. Rubes. Barcelona 2004.

NIETO-GALAN, Agustí, Colouring Textiles. A History of Natural Dyestuffs in Industrial Europe. Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science. Kluwer. Dordrecht 2001.

NIETO-GALAN, Agustí, La seducción de la máquina. Vapores, submarinos e inventores. Madrid 2001.

Recent Invited papers and presentations

Nieto-Galan, A., “Starving in a Science Pavilion. Giovanni Succi Challenges Doctors’ Authority at the 1888 Barcelona International Exhibition,” Session:” Who’s in Charge? Alternative Actors in Late Nineteenth-Century Nutrition”. History of Science Society, Annual Meeting, Chicago, 6-9 November, 2014.

Nieto-Galan, A., ‘Hunger artists in the public sphere: the fasting contest of Giovanni Succi
and Stefano Merlatti in Paris, 1886’, session: “New Sites and Practices in Late Nineteenth-Century Physiology” (main organizer), The British Society for the History of Science Conference, Saint Andrews (Scotland), 3-6 July 2014.

Nieto-Galan, A. and Oliver Hochadel, “Barcelona: A new urban history of science and modernity (1888-1929)”,Third Watson Seminar in the History of Material and Visual Science: “How to write an urban history of science: New approaches and case studies” (main organizer), Barcelona, 6 June 2014.

Nieto-Galan, A., “Domination, Appropriation and Resistance”, International Conference “Science as Cultural Hegemony”, Insititut d’Estudis Catalans (IEC), Barcelona, 22-24 January 2014.

Nieto-Galan, A., “Revisiting Gramscianism” (Plenary Lecture), International Conference “Science as Cultural Hegemony”, IEC, Barcelona, 22-24 January 2014.

Nieto-Galan, A., “Del laboratorio a la esfera pública: los artistas del hambre y la autoridad científica de la medicina de finales del siglo XIX”, Seminario de Epistemología Histórica, UNED, Madrid, 28-11-2013.

Nieto-Galan, A., “Chemistry and power during Franco’s regime: Manuel Lora Tamayo”,
Scientific Biographies, UPF, Barcelona, 03-05-2013.

Nieto-Galan, A., “Los públicos de la ciencia” and “Historiografía de la ciencia en el franquismo”, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, 23, 24 February 2012.

Nieto-Galan, A., “Science Popularization as Cultural Hegemony: From Dictatorship to Democracy”, in Putting Science on the Air in Europe, 1920s to 1980s. ESF Exploratory Workshop. Humboldt University. Berlin, 3-5-05-2012.

Nieto-Galan, A., Papanelopoulou, F. “Popularizing Science and Technology in the European Periphery”, organization of session. 8th STEP meeting. Corfú (Greece) 21-06-2012.

Nieto-Galan, A.,  Hochadel, O., Organization of symposium: “Barcelona Cityscapes”
ICOTECH, 39th Symposium in Barcelona, 10-14 July 2012.

Funded Research projects

2014-2017: ORCHA— “Order/Chaos: Genealogy of Two Concepts in the Culture of European Mathematical Physics” (Dr. Massimiliano Badino) FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IOF
Marie Curie Actions— International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF)

2014: “How to write an urban history of science: New approaches and case studies” Third Watson Seminar in the History of Material and Visual Science. Project funded by Watson International Publishing (USA).

2013-2015 (HAR2012-36204-C02-02): “Scientific authority in the public sphere in twentieth-century Spain” (Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad).

2009-2013: Grup de recerca consolidat i finançat (SGR2009-887): “Science, Technology and Medicine in Modern Catalonia (18th– 20thcenturies).

2009-2012 (HAR2009-12918-C03-02) (subprograma HIST): “Science and Expertise in the public sphere: Barcelona (1888-1992)”.

2006-2009 (HUM2006-07206-C03): “Los públicos de la ciencia, la tecnología y la medicina en la España contemporánea” Proyecto coordinado (Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia).

2006-2009 (HUM2006-07206-C03-01): “La divulgación de la ciencia, la tecnología y la medicina en la Barcelona industrial (1815-1929)” (Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia).

2005-2006 (HP2005-0004): “La ciencia en la Península Ibérica. Un estudio histórico comparativo entre España y Portugal, sgs XVIII-XX” (Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia).

2002-2005 (BHA2002-04611-C03-03): “La divulgación científica en la Barcelona industrial (1805-1929)” (Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia).

2002-2005 (2002SGR-00097): Grup de recerca "Francesc Salvà". “Història de la Ciència, la Tecnologia i la Medicina a la Catalunya Contemporània, sgs. XVIII-XX” (DURSI. Generalitat de Catalunya)


Undergraduate: Història de la Ciència (Grau de Filosofia i Humanitats)

Història de la Química (Grau de Química)

Graduate: Màster d’Història de la Ciència