Rachele Delucchi

Rachele Delucchi

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Rachele Delucchi studied Italian Linguistics and Literature, Philosophy, French Linguistics and Mathematics at the University of Zurich. She received her Ph.D. in Italian Linguistics from the University of Zurich (2016) for her thesis on the phonetics and phonology of vowel harmony in the Italo-Romance languages from Switzerland Fonetica e fonologia dell'armonia vocalica. Esiti di -A nei dialetti della Svizzera italiana. Her research has been awarded with the University of Zurich Annual Award of the Faculty of Arts, the Prix de la Relève of the Collegium Romanicum, the Premio Giovanni Nencioni from the Accademia della Crusca in Florence and the Migros Ticino Award for local and regional historical research. Rachele worked between 2008 and 2015 at the Chair for Italian Historical Linguistics at the University of Zurich Institute of Romance Studies as scientific assistant and lecturer. She was guest at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (September 2006 - July 2007) and Visiting Scholar at the Department of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley (Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation, September 2010 - July 2011).

Rachele earned her second master's degree in History and Philosophy of Knowledge at ETH Zurich in 2018. In her thesis she investigated the early history of pneumatic tube systems in Switzerland Eine Nischenangelegenheit. Zur Geschichte der Stadtrohrpost in der Schweiz (ca. 1920-1927). From 2018 to 2019 she has been working as teaching and administrative manager of the Visiting Professorships for Italian and French Literature and Culture at ETH Zurich.

Rachele works since 2020 as a postdoc at the Professorship for History of Technology at ETH Zurich. She is Scientific Staff representative in the teaching commission of the Master History and Philosophy of Knowledge. In June 2022 she was guest at the Accademia della Crusca in Florence. Between August and October 2022 she was Fellow of the German Historical Institute in Washington. Her current research project deals with the history of vacuum technology in the 20th century Vacuum. History of the productive void (1940-1980).

Publications (Selection)

  • Rachele Delucchi: High Vacuum. In: Simon Denny, Timon Beyes, Robin Holt, Claus Pias, Bettina Steinbrügge (Hg.): Proof of Stake: Technological Claims. Milano: Lenz Press 2023, 166 – 170.
  • Rachele Delucchi: Unter Druck. Wie die Rohrpost unter die Schweiz kam. In: Traverse 27 (2) 2020, 83 – 97.
  • Rachele Delucchi: Tobias Scheidegger, „Petite Science“. Außeruniversitäre Naturforschung in der Schweiz um 1900. In: Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 41 (1) 2018, 107 – 109.
  • Rachele Delucchi: Im Nationalpark. Über die Grenzen eines Naturparadieses. In: Avenue (4) 2017, 6 – 12.
  • Rachele Delucchi: Fonetica e fonologia dell’armonia vocalica: Esiti di -A nei dialetti della Svizzera italiana in prospettiva romanza. Tübingen: A. Francke Verlag 2016.
  • Rachele Delucchi: Vowel harmony and vowel reduction: The case of Swiss Italian dialects. In: Chundra Cathcart, I-Hsuan Chen, Greg Finley, Shinae Kang, Clare S. Sandy, Elise Stickles (Hg.): Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Linguistics Society 2013, 61 – 75.
  • Michele Loporcaro, Rachele Delucchi, Nadia Nocchi, Tania Paciaroni, Stephan Schmid: Schwa finali sull’Appennino emiliano. Il vocalismo del dialetto di Piandelagotti. In: Veronica Giordani, Valentina Bruseghini, Piero Cosi (Hg.): Scienze vocali e del linguaggio. Metodologie di Valutazione e Risorse linguistiche. Atti del 3° Convegno Nazionale AISV. Torriana: EDK 2006, 57 – 76.
  • Michele Loporcaro, Rachele Delucchi, Nadia Nocchi, Tania Paciaroni, Stephan Schmid: La durata consonantica nel dialetto di Lizzano in Belvedere (Bologna). In: Roberta Savy, Claudia Crocco (Hg.): Analisi prosodica. Teorie, modelli e sistemi di annotazione. Torriana: EDK Editore 2006, 491 – 517.

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Teaching at ETH Zurich (in German)

Spring 2024 Colloquium Student colloquium for Master's Theses

Fall 2023 Seminar Theory and Methodology Seminar - Master History and Philosophy of Knowledge: "History of Technology" (with M. Mayer), "Writing Workshop" (with M. Wulz)

Spring 2023 Colloquium Student colloquium for Master's Theses (with Elena Valdameri).

Fall 2022 Seminar Theory and Methodology Seminar - Master History and Philosophy of Knowledge, "Writing Workshop" (with Monika Wulz).

Spring 2022 Seminar Technical Tower Buildings. A History of the Productive Vertical (with Barbara Berger).

Fall 2021 Seminar Introduction to the History of Technology. Topics, concepts, and actual debates (with Ricky Wichum).

Spring 2021 Seminar Producing emptiness and working with nothing. Vacuum Technology in the 20th Century (with David Gugerli).

Fall 2020 Seminar Theory and Methodology Seminar - Master History and Philosophy of Knowledge (with Christian Jany)

Spring 2020  Colloquium Student colloquium for Master's Theses (with Christian Jany)

Fall 2019 Lecture Webclass - Introductory Course History of Technology (with Gisela Hürlimann, Nick Schwery and Ricky Wichum).

Spring 2019 Seminar Theory and Methodology Seminar - Master History and Philosophy of Knowledge, History of Technology (with David Gugerli).


Teaching at University of Zurich (in Italian):

Spring 2010, Spring 2013, 2014, 2015 BA Seminar Italian Historical Linguistics - Introductory course

Talks and Workshops (Selection)

  • "Mond im Vakuum. Leere aufbewahren und Zukunft produzieren", Leakage - STS in Germany, Inaugural Conference, TU Dresden, 19-22. März 2023.

  • Invited Expert: Workshop "Architektur und Patent. Die Bauten des ETH-Bereichs", Institute for Construction Heritage and Preservation, ETH Zürich, 31. January 2023.

  • "Mit nichts unterwegs. Vakuumtechnologie im Transfer um 1945." Technik im Nationalsozialismus. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Technikgeschichte, Nordhausen, KZ-Gedenkstätte Mittelbau-Dora, 20.-22. Mai 2022.

  • "Koordination der Leere. Zur Gründung der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Vakuumphysik- und Technik". Swissvacuum Tagung, November 4, 2021.

  • “‹Eine ganze geheime Untergrundorganisation›. Zur Geschichte der Zürcher Stadtrohrpost.” Antiquarische Gesellschaft Wetzikon, February 27, 2020.

  • "Vakuum. Eine dünne Geschichte". Institute for history, KIT - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, January 23, 2020.

  • “Pneumatische Anmerkungen zur Geschichte der Zürcher Stadtrohrpost”. Antiquarische Gesellschaft Zürich, 18. März 2019.

  • «Interplay between vowel harmony and rhythm patterns in Swiss Italian dialects» (mit L. Filipponio). 3rd Transalpine Typology Meeting, Universität Zürich, 30. Mai 2013.

  • «Vowel harmony and vowel reduction. The case of Swiss Italian dialects». 37th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, University of California, Berkeley, 12. Februar 2011.

  • «Is fieldwork ‘without exoticism’ fieldwork at all?» (mit R. Burns). Berkeley Fieldwork Forum, University of Berkeley, California, 5. Mai 2011.

  • «Sugli esiti di -l-, -r-, -rr-. La prospettiva italo-romanza settentrionale» (mit A. Debanne). 26é Congrés de Lingüística i Filologia Romàniques, 11.–16. September 2010, Valencia, Spanien.

  • «On the outcomes of Lat. -A in Swiss Italian dialects». Berkeley Phonetics and Phonology Forum, University of Califonria, Berkeley, 27. September 2010.

  • «Entwicklungen von Lat. -A in den Dialekten der italienischen Schweiz». Colloquium of the Institute of Phonetics and Speech Processing (IPS), LMU München, 17. Juni 2010.

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