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Juliana Dresvina

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Juliana Dresvina studied History, Philology and Theology at Moscow State University and Oxford before receiving her PhD in English from Cambridge in 2007. Following this she worked at Cambridge and King's College, London, as a medievalist historian; taught English at QMUL,
Reading, Oxford and Winchester; held art history postdocs with the Paul Mellon Centre in London and National Institute for Art History in Paris. She is currently a British Academy postdoctoral fellow with the Department of English at King's College London, and a member of Wolfson College, Oxford, and St Edmund's College, Cambridge.

Juliana is currently working on a study of psychohistory of late medieval Christian mysticism, based on the evidence from both Western and Eastern traditions. It explores the ways late-medieval people made sense of unusual or inexplicable experiences (recorded for posterity in contemplative, mystical and hagiographical texts) through the means available in their cultural idiom. The method employed for this study combines literary analysis with findings from the fields of neuroscience
and clinical psychology.