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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 Fellow of the University of Zurich at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (September 2006 - July 2007) and Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation at the Department of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley (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. 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).
Teaching at ETH Zurich (in German)
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, Part 1 (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, 2 sessions on History of Technology
Teaching at University of Zurich (in Italian):
Spring 2010, Spring 2013, 2014, 2015 Proseminar 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 establishment of the Swiss Vacuum Society". 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.
«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.