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


    • Reading "Migration, outer and inner. Identity, plural and none. Words, uttered and unheard" as part of the workshop "Archives and Identity"

      In an internal workshop and a subsequent public reading, members of Die Junge Akademie will work with the topic "Archives and Identity".


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      Event access: Public

      Weingut Andreas Dilger Urachstraße 3 79102 Freiburg im Breisgau

      18:00 — 19:30

      A puzzle with people standing next to each other. Some pieces of the puzzle are missing.
    • 2023 – one day, one day at a time: Calendar 2023

      Beyond its organisational function as a yearly planner, Die Junge Akademie's 2023 calendar titled "2023 - one day, one day at a time" invites us to reflect on time and its patterns as integral parts of all life on earth.


      Anna Lisa Ahlers, Michael Bies, Isabelle Dolezalek, Rona Kobel, Hermine Mitter, Senthuran Varatharajah

      Berlin 2022

      Cover des Buchkalenders 2023 der Jungen Akademie
    • 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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      Event access: Internal

      Hamburg Institute for Advanced Study