Rachele Delucchi

Rachele Delucchi

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Current Projects

Research Interests

History of Technology

History of Science


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. Rachele Delucchi 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 published on synchronic and diachronic issues in (italo)romance languages. Rachele Delucchi spent long research periods as Fellow of the University of Zurich at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Italy) and as Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation at the University of California, Berkeley. 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 and the Migros Ticino Award for local and regional historical research. In 2015 Rachele Delucchi received the prize Premio Giovanni Nencioni from the Accademia della Crusca in Florence.

Rachele Delucchi 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. Rachele Delucchi works since 2020 as a postdoc at the chair of history of technology at ETH Zurich. In June 2022 she was guest at the Accademia della Crusca in Florence. Between August and October 2022 she was Short Term Fellow of the German Historical Institute in Washington. Her current research project deals with the history of vacuum technology in the 20th century.

Publications (Selection)

  • 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.
  • Alessandra Debanne, Rachele Delucchi: Sugli esiti di -L-, -R-, -RR-. La prospettiva italo-romanza settentrionale. In: Emil Casanova Herrero, Cesáreo Calvo Rigual (Hg.): Actas del XXVI congreso internacional de linguística y de filología románicas, Valencia 2010. Berlin: De Gruyter 2013, 579 – 592.

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Teaching at ETH Zurich:

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

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

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

HS 2020 Ringveranstaltung Theory and Methodology Seminar - Master History and Philosophy of Knowledge (with Dr. Christian Jany)

FS 2020  Colloquium Student colloquium for Master Theses (with Dr. Christian Jany)

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

HS 2019  Seminar Theory and Methodology Seminar - Master History and Philosophy of Knowledge, 2 sessions on History of Technology

Teaching at University of Zurich:

Spring Semesters 2011, 2013, 2015: Seminar Italian Historical Linguistics - Introductory course


  • "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.

  • "Coordinating the void. On the foundation of the Swiss Society for Vacuum Science and Technology". Swissvacuum Tagung, November 4, 2021.

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

  • "Vacuum. A thin history (1946-1986)". Institute for history, KIT - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, January 23, 2020.

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

Rachele Delucchi


 "High Vacuum", in: Proof of Stake: Claims to Technology. A Book of Organizational Objects, eds. T. Beyes, R. Holt, C. Pias. Lenz Press, 2022.


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