The March of 2017 was the perfect month for me. I went to the charming city of York in the UK to present a paper, and met amazing scholars whose feedback on my paper was very helpful; I went to Manchester for a very fruitful research visit to the department of Prof. Peter Pormann, my mentor; I got to play a tourist in London, and the perfect month ended with a visit to my family in London to celebrate the Persian new year, Nowruz.
|Fig 1. Where I learned that Constantine (c. 272–337) AD was proclaimed emperor in York (Photo by Shahrzad Irannejad).|
The as-if-tailored-for-me conference "The Medieval Brain" was a very fruitful, cozy and friendly conference with nine sessions and two key note speeches, held on the 9th, 10th, and 11th of March 2017 in The Treehouse, Humanities Research Centre, University of York. It was supported by Welcome Trust and brought together scholars in various discipline such as art history, linguistics, computational linguistics, philology, medieval studies, medical history, psychology and psychiatry.
Fig 2. The organizer of the
conference, Deborah Thorpe in the left, moderating the Q and A after the keynote
speech by Corinne Saunders on the right (Photo by Shahrzad Irannejad).|
Fig 3. For one week, I would come
to the Samuel Alexander building to read, write, and discuss my work with Prof.
Pormann’s team (Photo by Shahrzad Irannejad).|
Fig 4. I received a library card
for a week to use the library of Manchester University, very convenient (Photo
by Shahrzad Irannejad).|
Fig 5. A promising conference in
December 2017: “Genealogies of Knowledge I: Translating Political and
Scientific Thought across Time and Space” (Photo by Shahrzad Irannejad).|
At the end of my trip, and before joining my family, I made perfect use of my time in London and visited the Welcome Trust collection and the last house of Sigmund Freud. I am not sure if the pictures can convey a slight bit of my excitement. I share them with you, nonetheless.
Fig 6. Playing tourist in London:
probably the most famous couch in the world (Photo by Shahrzad Irannejad).|
Fig 7. Playing tourist in London: the amazing votive
collection at Welcome Trust (Photo by Shahrzad Irannejad).|
Fig 8. Playing tourist in London: a fascinating 18th
century anatomical model in the Welcome Trust collection (Photo by Shahrzad
Fig 9. Playing tourist in London:
my friend “accidentally” sitting right under Avicenna’s name at the Welcome
Trust Library (Photo by Shahrzad Irannejad). |
|Fig 10. Playing tourist in London: excuses to come back (Photo by Shahrzad Irannejad).|