Dr. Sigrid Leyssen


Sigrid Leyssen is a postdoctoral researcher in the history of science and media. 

She has a MA in Philosophy (Leuven University) and Philosophy of Film (APU Cambridge), and a PhD (2017) in Media Studies from the Universität Regensburg, and in History of Science from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris. In her dissertation Perception in Movement. Moving Images in Albert Michotte's Experimental Psychology (1881-1965), she pursued a history of moving images used in perception experiments, and through these, she explored ways to study the history of our perception. 

Before coming to Weimar, she has worked at the Department of the History of Science, Harvard University; EIKONES (NCCR) Iconic Criticism_The Power and Meaning of Images, Basel University; the Adolf-Würth-Zentrum für Geschichte der Psychologie, Universität Würzburg; Centre Alexandre Koyré – Histoire des Sciences et des Techniques, EHESS-CNRS; Institut für Information und Medien, Sprache und Kultur (I:IMSK), Universität Regensburg; the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science MPIWG Berlin; the Maison Française d’Oxford, CNRS & Oxford University; and the IRH-ICUB Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Bucharest.

  • History of Science and Media
  • History of Psychology and the Human Sciences
  • History of Techniques
  • Instruments and Experiments in Art and Science
  • Material and Sensory Cultures of Science
  • Historical Reconstructions: Digital and Life Performances and their Methodology
  • The History of Perception (Research)
  • Filmologie and the History of Media Studies
  • The History of Scientific Animation
  • Movement Studies in Art, Science and Technology
  • Experimental Phenomenology