Prof. Lyne is one of the leading scholars working on cognition and Shakespeare. He has published widely on the topic and is currently pursuing a project on mind-wandering in Shakespeare – a research interest that is shared by Prof. Sibylle Baumbach, who has been working on cognitive (in)attention in Shakespeare’s plays and by PhD-student Christof Diem, who is writing his doctoral thesis on ‘grotesque minds’ in Shakespeare’s drama. Moreover, this research interest is shared by Ass.-Prof. Ulla Ratheiser from the Department of English, who is working on a postdoctoral project on performances of monarchy, including a focus on the early modern period.
The BritInn fellowship enabled Prof. Lyne, Prof. Baumbach, Mag. Diem, and Prof. Ratheiser to discuss their different approaches and launch an informal research network on "Mind-wandering and Attention in Early Modern Drama".
During his visit, Prof. Lyne presented his research in a public guest lecture and a workshop which was open to advanced master and doctoral students. The workshop and lecture were not only of interest to colleagues from the Faculty of Languages and Literatures, but also from the Faculty of History, (Cognitive) Psychology, and Sociology. The workshop served to identify shared research interests across different disciplines and was the foundation for preparing a joint project proposal for an informal research network on the topic, which will strengthen the connection between the universities of Innsbruck and Cambridge.
BritInn and the Department of English at the University of Innsbruck were delighted to have Prof. Lyne here in Innsbruck and are looking forward to future collaborations.