Carmen Schmechel is a historian of science and philosophy. Her research examines the connections between the history of philosophy and the history of science, in particular the history of chemistry, physics and of medicine in a broader cultural context. She also has an interest in medical humanities and narrative medicine, and has published articles on philosophy and illness (especially on Friedrich Schiller and Thomas Bernhard).
Her dissertation, “Schiller and Freud: From the Sublime to Sublimation”, offers a history of the idea of sublimation, showcasing its roots in Enlightenment thought and examining Freud’s theoretical reliance on both laws of thermodynamics in his theory of sublimation. Her dissertation has received a Nomination for the Dean’s Outstanding Dissertation Award.
Her next book delves into the history of fermentation theories in Early Modern Europe.
Carmen is also a published translator from and into multiple languages, including Swedish, German, English, Romanian and Polish. Most recently she has translated Friedrich Schlegel's Fragmente from German into Polish, as well as Norman Davies' God's Playground: A History of Poland into Romanian, supported by grants from the Jagiellonian University and, respectively, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.