Anna Laqua

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow
Visiting Predoctoral Fellows are candidates for a doctorate at an accredited university who are externally financed by the home university or other fellowship.
Max Planck Research Group (Epistemes of Modern Acoustics)
MA, Doctoral Candidate, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
15. August 2016 to 28. Februar 2020

Anna Laqua is a doctoral student at the Institut für Kulturwissenschaft (Humboldt University, Berlin), a research fellow at the Collaborative Research Centre “Episteme in Motion” (project “Epistemic Dissonances: Objects and Tools of Early Modern Acoustics”), and a Visiting Predoctoral Fellow in the Max Planck Research Group “Epistemes of Modern Acoustics.”

Anna completed her degree in theater studies and modern German literature at the Free University, Berlin. From 2012 to 2016, she worked as a research fellow on the project “Spielteufel, Ship of Fools, Danse Macabre: Figurations of Hazardous Knowledge in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period” (CRC “Episteme in Motion”). Her dissertation on the English physician John Bulwer (1606–1656) investigates early modern knowledge transfer between medicine and the theater. Her subsequent project deals with espionage in the reign of Oliver Cromwell and Charles II, its acoustic sciences, networks, practices, and tools.

Her general research interests include the history of medicine, sound studies, German literature (nineteenth and twentieth century), and the history of crime and detective fiction (E. T. A. Hoffmann, Poe, Doyle).


Selected publications

Laqua, A. (2016). Die Vollkommenheit der Schauspieler und Gehörlosen: theatrales Körperwissen in den medizinisch-naturphilosophischen Texten John Bulwers. Paragrana, 25(1), 154-175. doi:10.1515/para-2016-0009.



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