Racha Kirakosian

German Medieval Studies
Year 2021

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Deutsches Seminar / Germanistische Mediävistik

Platz der Universität 3
79085 Freiburg

Hamburg Institute for Advanced Study

Rothenbaumchaussee 45
20148 Hamburg

Portrait of Racha Kirakosian
Photo: Peter Himsel

Research areas

  • Textual culture and religious history of the European Middle Ages

  • Women's history/s in the periphery of noble court and monastery

  • Performativity and music in German medieval texts

Activities

    • Workshop "Mental Images in the Middle Ages and Neuroscience - New Perspectives"

      As part of the project "Lucid Dreaming, Now and Then", medievalist Racha Kirakosian (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg and Hamburg Institute for Advanced Study) is organising an internal workshop on "Mental Images in the Middle Ages and Neuroscience - New Perspectives".

      The ability to see images before "the inner eye" was theoretically discussed in scholastic writings in the Middle Ages as well as critically presented in literary texts. Mental images such as visions, daydreams and sleep dreams played an important role in epistemological processes, religious experiences and artistic arguments for the question of finding and representing truth. Despite their importance for the historical understanding of the human brain, however, medieval concepts of "inner vision" remain under-researched. Can current findings from the neurosciences help to open up the medieval sources in a new way? And, conversely, can ideas from the Middle Ages inspire innovative experiments in the field of neuropsychology? The Hamburg workshop will address these questions by bringing together scientists from the relevant fields for an interdisciplinary discussion.

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      Starts on
      23.06.22

      Event access: Internal

      Hamburg Institute for Advanced Study