Verena Lobsien is a principal investigator in Topoi and at present a member of Research Area E, Research Group E-I “Knowledge of Ancient Spaces as Processed by the Arts”. Within this group she is currently realizing a research project on „Moving Beyond“, which focuses on the topological imagination, in particular in Spenser’s Faerie Queene. She also supervises several dissertations within this Research Group, on topics such as the construction of spaces of Classical Antiquity in English travellers’ accounts or imaginative representations of transcendence in Milton’s Paradise Lost. – Verena Lobsien is Professor of English Literature at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Her major research interests are Early Modern English literature and culture with a focus on the transformations of Hellenistic philosophies and their aesthetic potential. She has published on questions relating to Early Modern thought and imagination; her most recent book is Transparency and Dissimulation. Configurations of Neoplatonism in Early Modern English Literature (Berlin 2010).