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Javier Moscoso is Research Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the Institute of Philosophy of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Ph.D. He was doctoral fellow at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at the Department of History of Science (Harvard University) between 1995 and 1996. More recently he was appointed Visiting Professor at the Centre Alexandre Koyré, CNRS and at the Sorbonne, Paris.
His academic career has been devoted to the cultural history of the human body, mainly to the study of epistemological and ontological status of physical deformities and, most recently, to the history and philosophy of experience. He is the author of 4 monographs and 3 edited volumes. His latest book, Pain: A Cultural History, was published in Spain by Taurus in October 2011. The English version, by Palgrave-Macmillan, was released in October 2012. The book, which was second best in the 2012 Spanish National Essay Prize, has been highly praised by the critics. The Spanish newspaper El Mundo considered it one of the best ten non-fiction books published in Spain in 2011. Prof. Eugenio Trias took it as an example of the new best Spanish philosophy. Joanna Bourke, Professor of History at Birkbeck College (London) described it as “a dazzling example of cultural history”, Fay Bound, from the Queen Mary Centre for the History of Emotions, wrote on Medical History that the book was “an example of Medical Humanities writing at its best”. Prof. Fernando Salmón wrote in Dynamis that “it was the best and most sophisticated account of the history of pain written so far”. The Spanish edition, with a print-run of 3000 copies had already sold 2/3 by June 2013, while the English version will be soon in paperback.
Moscoso has also paid special attention to what is now called “knowledge transfer”. He has been the curator of different exhibitions: on the history of pain at the Science Museum in London (2004) and, more recently, on the cultural history of human skin, at the Wellcome Collection Gallery, in London, in 2011. This project, reviewed by The Lancet, The New Statesman, The New Scientists, or Science, among other scientific journals, also gathered the attention of the local press. The Guardian considered it “fascinating”; The Telegraph “a Revelation”, Time Out gave it the status of “Critics Choice”. In some cases, reviews were made in very specialized journals. The Bulletin for the History of Medicine (Volume 84, Number 4, Winter 2010), considered SKIN “a stylish and evocative wonderful exhibition [...] visually rich, and analytically astute”. The exhibition gathered around 80.000 at theWellcome Collection in London. It was at the time the most visited exhibition of that venue.
During the last years, Prof. Moscoso been lecturing at the European Institute of Florence, at the Max Planck Institute for the history of Science, Berlin, at the Max Planck Institute of Human Development, Berlin; at the University of Harvard, at the University of Chicago, at the University of Illinois, at the University of Los Andes, Bogotá, at the ETHZ, Zürich, at the University of Camberra (Australia), at the École des Hautes etudes, Paris, at the CNRS, Paris, at the Institute d’Historie de la Medicine, Geneva, at the Birkbeck College, London, or at the Wellcome Trust, London, among other institutions. In 2014, he has received invitations to lecture in Japan, México, and Chile. He will also be appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Washington in St. Louis, USA.
B. Fantini, D. Martín-Moruno and J. Moscoso, eds., On Resentment: Past and Present, Cambridge, Cambridge Publishers, 2013.
J.Moscoso, El siglo de las Luces, National Geographic, 2013.
J. Moscoso, Pain. A Cultural History, Londres, MacMillan, Palgrave, 2012.
J. Moscoso, Historia Cultural del Dolor. Versión española del anterior, Madrid, Taurus, 2011.
J. Moscoso, Diderot y D’Alembert. Ciencia y técnica en la enciclopedia, 2005, Madrid, Nivola.J. Moscoso, editor, PAIN. Passion. Compassion. Sensibility, Wellcome Trust for the History of Medicine/Science Museum, Londres, 2004 (libro cd: ISBN: 1 84129050 5).
Barona, Moscoso, Pimentel, eds., Para una historia de la objetividad. La Ilustración y las ciencias, Valencia, Biblioteca Valenciana, 2002.
J. Moscoso, Materialismo y religión. Ciencias de la vida en la Europa ilustrada, Barcelona, Serbal, 2000.
J. Moscoso, A. Lafuente, eds, Monstruos y seres imaginarios en la Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid, Doce Calles, 2000.
A. Lafuente y J. Moscoso, eds., El compás y el Príncipe. Ciencia y Corte en la España moderna. Valencia, Consejería de Cultura de la Generalitat valenciana, 2000.
Buffon, Discurso preliminar a la Historia Natural, edición y traducción a cargo de J. Moscoso y A. Lafuente, Madrid, Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Científicas, 1999.
A. Lafuente y J. Moscoso, eds., Madrid, Ciencia y Corte, Madrid, Consejería De Educación y Cultura, 1999.
Diderot, El sueño de d’Alembert, traducción y edición a cargo de J. Moscoso, Madrid, Compañía Literaria, 1996.
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