Fellows & Projects

Dr. Ryan Nutting

Dr Ryan Nutting possesses over fifteen years of experience working in museums, heritage organizations, universities, and archives in both the United Kingdom and United States.

Ryan completed his PhD at the School of Museum Studies and Victorian Studies Centre at the University of Leicester in 2017 and is also currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Leicester’s School of Museum Studies. Much of Ryan’s work, including his PhD thesis, focuses on the collecting, history, display and interpretation of objects to convey information and construct knowledge on places, cultures, and peoples in nineteenth-century museums. Dr Nutting currently has book chapters in press with Sorbonne Université Press and Universitas Press on travel writing and collecting in the late nineteenth century.  At the KWI Ryan will be conducting research at the Museum Folkwang on the collecting and interpretation of early twentieth-century miniature ethnographic models.

Dr. Carla Rodrigues Almeida

Carla Rodrigues Almeida is a Brazilian interdisciplinary researcher with projects on History of Science, Mathematical Physics, and Science Communication.

Carla has a Master’s degree in Mathematics, with a dissertation on Topology and Geometry, and a Ph.D. in Physics, with a thesis on Quantum Cosmology. She held position as a junior postdoctoral researcher at the Brazilian Center for Researches in Physics (CBPF), a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), and last, a research assistant at the Max Planck Independent Research Group ‘Historical Epistemology of the Final Theory Program,’ associated with both the MPIWG and the Albert Einstein Institute.

Carla is writing a book with the provisory title ‘Discovering Black Holes,’ with a comprehensive analysis on the historical path of the theoretical discovery and evolution of the black hole concept. She is also writing a young-adult science communication book in Portuguese, in collaboration with Brazilian Mathematician and Educator Carlos Almeida Jr, about the sciences of space.

Danilo Scholz

Danilo Scholz specialises in the history of political thought and modern European intellectual history. His work focuses on concepts and critiques of the state, the history of European integration, and the rise of technocratic and bureaucratic ideas in the twentieth-century.

After earning his undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge, Danilo relocated to Paris where he undertook graduate studies at the École normale supérieure. His doctoral research in history, completed at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in 2019, investigates how some of the most original analyses of the state in French political thought after 1945 drew on new or newly invigorated disciplines such as ethnology, geography and classics.

Two postdoctoral research positions, at the European University Institute in Florence and at Columbia University in New York, allowed him to work on his first monograph, which reconstructs the postwar administrative career of the Hegelian philosopher Alexandre Kojève (1902-1968). Swapping the lecture hall for the corridors of power, the Russian-born Kojève became an influential civil servant who helped shape French policy in a number of crucial fields including the nascent European Economic Community and Europe’s trade policy towards the so-called Third World.

As a Thyssen Fellow at KWI, Danilo will devote himself to a new project entitled “The Rise of the Administrative Mind, 1918-1968”, which aims to excavate the emancipatory promises of technocratic ideas – mainly in Great Britain, Germany, and France – that have hitherto been obscured by thick layers of anti-bureaucratic sediment. Yet historically, intellectuals, politicians and administrators expected bureaucratic and technocratic structures based on technical expertise and rational organisation to alleviate and perhaps even overcome forms of political subjection. In addition, the liberatory potential of technocracy rested on its claim to reduce both economic dependence on the vagaries of the market and inequality between social classes. In the realm of international relations, the bureaucratic global institutions that sprang up after the two world wars embodied to many contemporaries the best hope for reducing inter-state tensions and creating a peaceful global order.