… to my electronic repository for all things academic.
I am a historian of early modern science, specializing in medico-alchemical laboratory practices in colonial America, England, and the Continent. My research extends to the study of emblematics as well as jewelry history and technology, drawing on my previous professional experience in Toronto’s jewelry industry as a designer and wax model-maker. I received my PhD from the Bard Graduate Center, and I am the Director of 12 Keys Consultancy & Design, LLC.
My current research focuses on the laboratory work of a 17th century Puritan alchemist named John Allin and his production of chemical remedies for his own medical practice and commercial gain in the trans-Atlantic pharmaceutical trade. This project examines how Allin’s millenarian religious beliefs shaped his practice of experimental science in England and America.
For the past few years, I have been working on Atalanta fugiens (1618), a musical alchemical emblem book by the German physician and alchemist, Michael Maier. I am co-editing a born-digital edition of this extraordinary book with Tara Nummedal supported by Brown University Library’s Mellon-funded Digital Publishing Initiative.
I teach students at undergraduate and graduate levels as well as adult learners, I am a history educator to jewelry industry professionals, and I lecture for museum outreach programs. My teaching practice combines the study of texts, images, and objects with hands-on work using tools and materials.
Please direct enquiries to bilak12keys[at]gmail[dot]com
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