Nothing symbolizes life and humanity as strongly and universally as the heart. Stretching across eras and cultures, the heart represents human existence and feeling. Despite this observation though, research on the heart tends to occur along entirely separate disciplinary paths. Initiated by experts from the field of medical heart research, this lecture series will provide insight into the heart from a number of very different perspectives, and will examine the question of what has led to the fascination with this particular organ. Following an examination of ancient and Arabic philosophy by Professor Peter Adamson, the cultural studies specialist Dr. Fay Bound Alberti will illuminate the emotional history of the heart. The medical expert Professor Thomas Eschenhagen will then illustrate acute medical procedures, while Professor Barbara Vinken will focus on "matters of the heart".