Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
The Royal Society
Website URL
Book History, History of Libraries and Archives, History of Knowledge, History of Science, Cryptanalysis
Additional Contact Information
Maternity Leave between 01/2021 and 07/2021

Personal Info

About Me

I am a historian of the circulation of knowledge in the early modern period, with a particular interest in the material distribution of scientific and religious books and digital humanities research methods. My current position is as Digital Resources Manager of the Royal Society collections, the academy of sciences of the UK since 1660.

I received my PhD from Paris 7 Denis Diderot in 2012 and have held fellowships at the Bodleian Library, the UCL Centre for Editing Lives and Letters in London. The topics of my publications range from the transatlantic circulation of books, 17th century libraries, mathematician John Wallis and the digitisation of early modern resources. I have led complex digitisation projects of the world oldest scientifical periodical, The Philosophical Transactions as well as developing free digital versions of Robert Hooke’s Micrographia, or dozens of digital exhibits. I contribute frequently to the Royal Society history of science blog:

I am a board member of the British Society for the History of Science


Recent Publications

Book Editor

Louisiane Ferlier & Bénédicte Miyamoto, Forms, Formats and the Circulation of Knowledge, British Printscape’s Innovations, 1688-1832. Leiden: Brill 2020


Itinéraire dans la dissidence George Keith (1639-1716). Paris: Honoré Champion 2016

Journal article & book chapter

Louisiane Ferlier (2020)George Keith (1639–1716), an intellectual geography of tolerance from Presbyterian Scotland to Quaker Pennsylvania’, Global Intellectual History, 5:2, 210-230, DOI: 10.1080/23801883.2019.1699888

Louisiane Ferlier & Claire Gallien (2019) ‘“Enthusiastick” Uses of an Oriental Tale: The English Translations of Ibn Tufayl’s Hayy Ibn Yaqdhan in the Eighteenth Century’, Eastern Resonances in Early Modern England Receptions and Transformations from the Renaissance to the Romantic Period, Claire Gallien & Ladan Niyaesh eds., Palgrave, pp. 93-114.

Media Coverage
The Royal Society Youtube Channel, BBC The Long View, Guardian Higher Education
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United Kingdom, United States
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 18th century
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Libraries & Archives, Material Culture, Science