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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Language, Literature and Humanities - Alexander von Humboldt Professorship

Project description

The aim is to curate an exhibition in the Berlin Medical History Museum, founded by pathologist Rudolf Virchow, that reflects the work of the research group D2 “Mapping Body and Soul” of the Excellence Cluster TOPOI. It focusses on the functions of the soul and their location in the human body.

The exhibition examines the interplay between body and soul against the backdrop of Virchow’s pathological “map” of the body – the museum’s specimen room. It follows two main questions: “What is the leading part of the soul and where is it located?“ and “How does the material body relate to psychic functions?” Pathologies of body and mind show where the workings of the soul are disrupted. Comparing those cases to the normal workings of the body reveals important aspects of the soul. Therefore, pathology plays a valuable part in learning about the nature of the soul.

The exhibition is scheduled to open in April 2016.