The interaction between soul and body in Emanuel Swedenborg's philosophical, anatomical and theological writings
My doctoral research focuses on the soul-body theories of Swedish parliamentarian, natural philosopher and mystic theologian Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), a topic he explored all his life, both prior and after he claimed to receive the ability to speak with the spirits of the dead. This thematic study will proceed to a substantial revision of Swedenborg's intellectual development. My broader themes of research include Scandinavian science, the religious Enlightenment and currents related to Swedenborg's posterity (spiritualism, occultism, Romantic literature, anti-slavery, mysticism). Within the context of Nordic, British and French studies, I also have a particular interest for literary representations of the afterlife, history of anatomy, traveling literature, and discourses on the North / Borealism.