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Donna Bilak

Part-time Faculty
(212) 998-7350
1 Wash Pl, Room 410

Office Hours
Friday 11-12

Advanced Diploma Jewellery Arts, George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology, 1994
M.A. History, York University, 2003
M.Phil. Cultural History, Bard Graduate Center, 2008
Ph.D. Cultural History, Bard Graduate Center, 2014

Donna Bilak is a historian of early modern science specializing in the study of 17th-century emblematics; medico-alchemical laboratory technologies, materials, and sensory experiences; and the production and trade of chemical medicine in the British Atlantic world. Donna's research extends to the cross-cultural examination of jewellery, artisanal technologies, and meaning-making with materials. Donna's first book is the born-digital publication, Furnace and Fugue: A Digital Edition of Michael Maier's Atalanta fugiens (1618) with Scholarly Commentary, co-authored with Tara Nummedal (Brown University), developed by Brown University’s Mellon-supported Digital Publications Initiative, and published by the University of Virginia Press (2020) as an open-access edition: Furnace and Fugue builds on Donna's earlier postdoctoral research into Atalanta fugiens, a musical alchemical emblem book, in presenting a multi-disciplinary collaboration involving historians of science and of art, musicologists and performers, digital scholars, and rare books curators. Donna received her PhD from the Bard Graduate Center, and she is the Creative Director of 12 Keys Consultancy & Design, LLC



Furnace and Fugue Book

Donna Bilak, along with Tara Nummedal, co-edited the book Furnace and Fugue: A Digital Edition of Michael Maier's Atalanta fugiens (1618).

Teaching and Research Interests

history of early modern science and alchemy; emblematics; jewelry history and craft technology; cultural heritage

Donna Bilak