Racha Kirakosian

Racha Kirakosian

Associate Professor of German and the Study of Religion
Racha Kirakosian

Professor Kirakosian studied German Philology and History in Göttingen (M.A.) and History of Art and Digital Humanities at the École nationale des Chartes in Paris (M.A.). She received her Dr.Phil. from the University of Oxford, where she was a Marie Curie Research Fellow from 2008 to 2013. Before coming to Harvard, she worked as a Lecturer at the Medieval and Modern Languages Faculty Oxford and held a position as Lecturer at Somerville College Oxford. She also covered for the Director of Studies for German at Oriel College Oxford. From 2008 to 2010, she enjoyed a scholarship from the Conseil régional d'Île-de-France and from 2006 to 2013 she was a scholar of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.

Her publications include studies on medieval German mysticism, female sanctity and medieval law. Her doctoral thesisSchrift- und Schreibmystik – Christina von Hane deals with the biography of a thirteenth-century Premonstratensian nun. The next book project explores the late medieval vernacular reception of Gertrude the Great. 

Teaching topics concern Middle High German as a language, medieval literature and culture, as well as a wide range of specific texts such as the Nibelungenlied, Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival, Gottfried of Strassburg's Tristan and Isoldeand many more. As Associate Professor for Harvard's Committee on the Study of Religion she also teaches medieval spirituality and church history.

Contact Information

Harvard University
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
12 Quincy St., Barker Center 356
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-496-4926
Office Hours: Mondays 3-4pm and by appointment

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