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Dr. Laura Follesa

Laura Follesa

Um die vielseitigen Aspekte eines Problems hervortreten zu lassen kann es sinnvoll sein, eine Frage aus verschiedenen Perspektiven heraus zu stellen. 

Die philosophischen, künstlerischen, naturwissenschaftlichen, religiösen oder sozio-psychologischen Aspekte des Lebens existieren nicht nur nebeneinander und getrennt voneinander, sondern sie überschneiden sich und sind darin ein Abbild der Komplexität der Menschenwelt, was mich immer besonders fasziniert hat.

In meinem forscherischen Werdegang wie auch auf meinem individuellen Lebensweg versuche ich diese Vielfältigkeit der Anschauung und der Ansichten aufzuspüren, nach immer neuen Perspektiven und deren Interaktionen in der Welt zu schauen und so mein eigenes Bild der Welt zu entwickeln und zu formen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1998-2003: Abitur Liceo Scientifico-Linguistico G. Marconi San Gavino Monreale in Italien (100/100).

2003-2007: Bachelor in Philosophie an der Universität Cagliari (110/110 cum laude).

2007-2010: Master in Philosophie und Philosophiegeschichte an der Universität Cagliari (Scienze filosofiche e storico filosofiche) (110/110 cum laude).

2011-2014: Binationale Promotion in Philosophie an der Universität Cagliari und der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, finanziert mit einem Stipendium POR-FSE 2007-2013. Betreuer: Prof. F. M. Crasta und Prof. Dr. Dr. O. Breidbach.

Ab 2012: “Cultore della materia” für Philosophiegeschichte

2017-2019: Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin an der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena als EU-Forscherin, finanziert mit einem Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (MSCA-IF). Projekt Nr. 753540: “TIM-Adrastea: Herder’s Thinking in Images from 1801-03 up to Nowadays”

 

 

  • Philosophie-, Wissenschafts- und Kulturgeschichte mit Schwerpunkt im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert

  • Autoren: Johann Gottfried Herder, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, Emanuel Swedenborg

  • Rolle der Bilder in der Kulturgeschichte

 

 

2018 "Notizen über Herders Wirkung in Italien: nur ein Anreger?", Herder Jahrbuch / Herder Yearbook, ed. by Rainer Godel and Johannes Schmidt, Heidelberg: Synchron, XIV (2018), pp. 193-205. ISBN: 978-3-939381-99-0

2018 "Learning and Vision: Johann Gottfried Herder on Memory", Essays in Philosophy, ed. by Ian O’Loughlin and Sarah Robins, XIX (2018), 2, pp.1-17. ISSN: 1526-0569, https://doi.org/10.7710/1526-0569.1610

2017 "Some remarks on the notion of ‘Spiritual Corporeality’ in Schelling’s Clara", in Schelling-Studien, V (2017), pp. 77-96. ISSN 2196-4521

2017 “The Arcanes of the World. Symbols and Mystical-Allegorical Exegesis in Emanuel Swedenborg’s De cultu et amore Dei”, in Lux in Tenebris: The Visual and the Symbolic in Western Esotericism, ed. by P. Forshaw, Leiden: Brill, pp. 220-239. ISBN: 978-90-0433-494-6

2015 “Sensibilità, visioni, sogni. Swedenborg e Schopenhauer”, in Schopenhauer Pensiero e Fortuna. Atti del Convegno a Corigliano d’Otranto, 19-22 giugno 2013, Schopenaueriana, Lecce: Pensa Multimedia, pp. 97-112. ISBN: 978-88-6760-264-0

2014 “Schelling tra Naturphilosophie e teosofia. Alcune osservazioni a partire dal suo lascito librario”, in Biblioteche filosofiche private (Atti del Convegno, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, 28-30 Novembre 2013), a cura di R. Ragghianti e A. Savorelli, Pisa: Edizioni della Normale, pp. 297-311. ISBN: 978-88-7642-521-9

2014 “Influssi e guarigioni. ‘Filosofie magnetiche’, mesmerismo e ‘culture alternative’”, Giornale Critico di Storia della Filosofia Italiana, XCIII (XCV), n. 2 (2014), pp. 339-406. ISSN: 0017-0089

2014 L’economia della natura e il respiro del mondo: La filosofia della natura di Swedenborg tra Herder e Schelling (1770-1810), Jena: Thüringer Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek, 2014. https://d-nb.info/1076038646/34 

 

 

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7.-9. März 2018: Il ‘pensiero per immagini’/Das ‘Bilddenken’ (UniCa), Vortrag: ‘Scienza e visione nel sesto numero dell’Adrastea di Herder’

16.-18. OKtober 2017: Italian-German Workshop Die Natur als Fundament des Geistes (Villa Vigoni, Como), Vortrag: ‘Tierinstinkt in Schellings Würzburger System’

13.-16. Juni  2017: XIX ISNS International Conference (Olomouc), Vortrag: ‘Herder’s Thinking in Images in Children and the Platonic Reminiscence’

9.-12. Februar 2017: “Herder-Luther: Das Erbe der Reformation in der Weimarer Klassik” (Weimar), Vortrag: “Herders Bilddenken: Wissenschaft – Träume –  Einbildungskraft”

19.-21. Juni 2014: “Schopenhauer Pensiero e Fortuna” (Lecce), Vortrag: “Sensibilità, visioni, sogni: Swedenborg e Schopenhauer”

17.-20. Juni 2014: “XIX ISNS International Conference (Lisbon), Vortrag: “From the Natural to the Spiritual World: Swedenborg and Schelling”

13.-14. Dezember 2013: “La filosofia della natura tra ‘700 e ‘800. Un’eredità da riscoprire” (Cagliari), Vortrag: “Economia della natura e metamorfosi. Herder, Goethe, Schelling lettori di Swedenborg”

28.-30. November 2013: “Biblioteche filosofiche private. Strumenti e prospettive di ricerca” (Pisa), Vortrag: “Schelling tra Naturphilosophie e teosofia. Alcune osservazioni a partire dal suo lascito librario”

20.-24. Juni 2012: X ISNS International Conference (Cagliari), Vortrag: “Plato and Schelling from the Commentary  of the Timaeus to the Weltseele”

3.-4. Mai 2012: “Filosofia e Letteratura. Percorsi di ricerca” (Cagliari), Vortrag: “William Butler Yeats lettore di Swedenborg”

20. April 2012: “The Idea of the Fall and European Romantic Aesthetics” (München), Vortrag: “The Notion of organism in Schelling’s Stuttgarter Privatvorlesungen”

20. Februar 2012: “Strumenti, metodi, materiali della ricerca storiografica” (Cagliari), Vortrag: “Redazione dell’apparato bibliografico nella stesura della tesi”

6.-10. Juli 2011: Third ESSWE International Conference “Lux in Tenebris: The Visual and the Symbolic in Western Esotericism” (Szeged, Ungary), Vortrag: “The Arcanes of the World. Symbols and Mystical-Allegorical Exegesis in Emanuel Swedenborg’s De cultu et amore Dei”

 

Thinking in Images. Herder’s Adrastea from 1801-03 up to nowadays

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (MSCA-IF)

Project Number 753540
“TIM-Adrastea: Herderʼs thinking in images from 1801-03 up to nowadays”

 Project Website: thinkinimages.org

The research project “Thinking in Images. Herder’s Adrastea from 1801-03 up to nowadays” will focus on the notion of thinking in images, which has a non-marginal position in the history of philosophy and science. Thinking in images means to refer, at the same time, to a complex system of forms and meanings, which continually changes itself and never follows a time sequence or a causal order. This is what distinguishes this special form of thinking from the logical sequence, from the reasoning by concepts. Analogies, metaphors, myths are only few examples of the way this ‘visual representation’ works. Such a kind of thinking characterises the children’s thought, mnemonic processes, dreams, mental illnesses, hallucinations; but also, it is possible to find it in the poetry, in mythologies and religions, in mystical visions, as well as in scientific visualisations and in the arts. We will try in this study to clarify the concept of thinking in images and to highlight its value within society and culture. The starting point of the research is one of the most significant authors in the history of philosophy and culture, J.G. Herder (1744-1803), and in particular I will focus on the last and most neglected of his works, the Adrastea (1801-1803). Herder edited this magazine the last years of his life and conceived it as a kind of fragmentary encyclopaedia, touching many aspects of the cultural life of his time (from politics to religion, from philosophy to science, from literature and music to esotericism and mystics). From this starting point, I aim to start a multidisciplinary discussion on the topic also with the involvement of scholars belonging to different fields of research.

 

In connection with this project two international conferences are organised:

- In Cagliari, 7-9 March 2018: Cagliari Conference 2018

- In Jena, 27 Februar - 1 March 2019: Jena Conference 2019

 

 

The International Conference Bilddenken und Morphologie / Visual Thinking and Morphology is part of the research project "Thinking in Images: Herder's Adrastea from 1801-03 up to nowadays" (TIM-Adrastea. Project ID: 753540) funded by the European Commission (H2020, MSCA 2016 - Individual Fellowship).

 Conference Website

Scientific Committee:

Dr. Laura Follesa (MSCA-IF, Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena), 

Prof. Dr. Michael Maurer (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena), 

Prof. Dr. Federico Vercellone (Universität Turin),

 

Program 

Description

 During the International Conference “Visual Thinking and Morphology” scholars from different fields of research will investigate the role of “images” and the notion of “form” in relation to knowledge from both an historical and theoretical point of view. The notions of “form” and “image” were fundamental for two German authors between the eighteenth and the nineteenth Century: Goethe and Johann Gottfried Herder. They underlined the importance of the senses, and especially of sight, showing how a comparison or an analogy between different forms could represent a valid method to establish new knowledge in natural science as well as in the arts or in history. In this sense, they gave importance to image thinking and visual thinking as a different way of reasoning, which is parallel and complementary to the logical and conceptual thinking. These ideas offer the chance to analyse the complex relationship between analogical/visual and logical/conceptual thinking not only from an historical point of view, but also from the perspective of the current thought. For this reason they offer the chance to investigate on the relation between knowledge and seeing in every aspect of daily life and scientific knowledge.

Forms and images mediate a particular way of thinking (thinking in images, morphological thinking, thinking through analogies), that characterises many aspects of our life (e.g. dreams, memory, emotions) and human culture in general; scientific thought cannot avoid to make use of this kind of thinking, complementary to the logical and conceptual one. Morphological sciences are scientific disciplines based on the comparison of ‘forms’ and in which the role of the ‘image’ in thinking is unavoidable. To associate different forms and images, belonging to separated research field, represents a way to find and establish new connections, to open new ways of investigation, to promote the dialogue and confrontation between different research fields.

The conference will take into account the historical roots of the ideas of ‘thinking in images’ and ‘morphological thinking’, with special regard to the history of modern philosophy and science, also in connection with literature studies, art and cultural history. Authors such as J.G. Herder and W. Goethe in the eighteenth century stressed on the role of the ‘image-thinking’ in disciplines such as history (Herder) and natural sciences (morphology), and did show how forms and images enable us to think the multiplicity, complexity and dynamism.

The conference host the contributions of historians of philosophy and of science, theorist of images and historians of culture, but also mathematicians, physicians and biologists according to both an historical and a theoretical perspective. We will survey the role of forms and images in a theoretical frame according to different fields of research from aesthetic and philosophy to the natural sciences (mathematics, physics, biology). The main language of the conference is English.

The conference will be dedicated to the memory of Professor Olaf Breidbach, a biologist and a historian of science, Professor at the University of Jena and Director of the Institute of History of Science Ernst-Haeckel-Haus, who spent his life to investigate with passion and creativity these research topics according both an historical and a theoretical point of view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professur für Kulturgeschichte

Sprechzeiten: nach Vereinbarung.

 

Jenergasse 8 (Accouchierhaus)
07743 Jena

Telefon: 03641-9-44570

Website: thinkinimages.net