CDH Postdoc, Annja Neumann writes:

At a time when our living spaces have been repurposed as work spaces, or as sites of quarantine, and when acts of repositioning are not only directed through social distancing rules but also mediated through virtual environments, one question seems especially pressing: can digital and theatrical formats create shared practices and experiences? We invite you to participate in ‘Theatres of Medicine’, a dramatic experiment in four scenes, which launches the Schnitzler: Story: Spheres, an interactive network of 360-degree virtual environments (hosted by Cambridge University Library). 

As a creative form of public engagement and a new approach to curating and modelling knowledge, each ‘sphere’ inverts the location of the spectator, projecting us into the centre of the spectacle in the manner of experimental topographers:




Dr Annja Neumann is an Isaac Newton Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Cambridge Digital Humanities and CRASSH and a Senior Research Fellow in German at Magdalene. She also holds the position of an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages and Linguistics.

Dr Neumann specializes in interdisciplinary and practice-based research at the intersection of the Critical Medical Humanities, Critical Digital Humanities and Theatre and Performance Studies. Her current research interests focus on medical topography by exploring the theatricality of medical spaces with DH methods across history and geography.


  • Posted 22 Apr 2020

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