Cover of the magazine LICHTGEDANKEN issue 10.


The Research Magazine
Cover of the magazine LICHTGEDANKEN issue 10.
Image: Jens Meyer (University of Jena)

Feature: »The imagined reality​«

On the legacy of Romanticism in the modern world

Does life have a meaning? And if so, what is it? Are we as individuals part of a greater whole? Some questions cannot be answered unequivocally, even with the most sophisticated scientific methods. But that does not stop us from searching for answers nevertheless. In doing so, we allow ourselves to be guided by our imagination: we create utopias, envision the future and imagine worlds and dimensions that go beyond those that can be measured and experienced. This form of conscious creation of meaning is an invention of Romanticism—the second innovative movement after the Enlightenment to set modernity on its way. Researchers at the University of Jena are studying the present-day traces of this era, in the very place where Romanticism had its origins in Germany.



  • Restorer Gina Grond conserves the epitaph "Johann Arnold Friderici".
    Image: Jens Meyer (University of Jena)
    Resurrecting a professor Ortolph Fomann the Younger died in 1640 and was buried in the church at the »Collegium Jenense«. Now, almost 400 years later, an interdisciplinary team is working on virtually resurrecting the man who taught history, poetry and law in Jena.

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Articles identified by name do not have to correspond with the views of the publisher and the editorial team. The signatories are responsible for the content. For better readability, we have sometimes only used the masculine language form in the articles. However, all genders are equally addressed with the chosen phrases.

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