Sigrid Leyssen

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (May 2019-Dec 2019)

Sigrid Leyssen’s work combines approaches from the history of science, technology, and media. She has worked on the history of experimental psychology, studying its material and sensory cultures. In new projects, she is looking at the history of experimental cultures in the human sciences more broadly. She studies how the study of media and science has been intertwined.

Sigrid Leyssen teaches and researches in media studies at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. She studied philosophy and film studies in Leuven, Belgium, and Cambridge, UK. She has a PhD (November 2017) in the history of science from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris, and in media studies from the Universität Regensburg. 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 to explore ways of studying the history of perception.

She has held research and visiting positions at EIKONES (NCCR) Iconic Criticism, Universität Basel (2009–2011); the Department of the History of Science, Harvard University (2009); Adolf-Würth-Zentrum für Geschichte der Psychologie, Universität Würzburg (2012); Centre Alexandre Koyré – Histoire des Sciences et des Techniques/EHESS (2012–2018); I:IMSK Universität Regensburg (2013–2017); MPIWG Berlin (2014); Maison Française d’Oxford, CNRS & Oxford University (2018); and the ICUB Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Bucharest (2018).


Secondary Sounds: A History of Perception through Routine Experimental Practices in the Psychological Laboratory


Stimulating Images. Albert Michotte’s Experimental Phenomenology of Perception