Olya Nicolaeva is a Doctoral Assistant at the Laboratory for the History of Science and Technology (EPFL). Olya’s academic background is in linguistics, philosophy of technology, decolonial studies and DH. Currently her research interests include design of data analysis pipelines for computational history and optimization of interdisciplinary workflows.

Olya’s ongoing PhD work is based on a large corpus of historical British-American patents. It tackles the technical challenge of automation in computational history and traces how the notion of intellectual property emerges and transforms from within the entanglement of technological objects (patents and inventions) and subjects (patentees).



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