The Middle Ages

Chair of Medieval History

The Chair of Medieval History focuses on the history of Europe in the period between 500 and 1500. We work on questions concerning the cultural and economic history of the Middle Ages in an international comparative perspective. On these pages you will find information about our team and our main research areas. Thank you for your interest.

The holder of the chair is Prof. Dr. Annette Kehnel.

Prof. Dr Kehnel becomes Prorector

Prof. Dr. Kehnel has been Vice-Rector for Studies and Teaching since October 2021. 
PD Dr. Tanja Skambraks will take over the chair for 2022/23.

Current News

Research Seminar on Medieval Economic History

The Chair of Medieval History and the Junior Professorship of Medieval Economic History invite you to the lectures of the research seminar “New Research in Medieval Economic History”. During the seminar, researchers from Great Britain, France, and German-speaking countries will present their findings and topics for discussion. The first lecture will take place on February 14, 2023. For more information, please see the programme. We look forward to seeing you!

Conference report: 11th Workshop Talks “News from the Middle Ages”

For the eleventh time, the workshop talks of the Historical Institute of the University of Mannheim and the Institute for Franconian-Palatinate History and Regional Studies Heidelberg offered young researchers the opportunity to present their ongoing dissertation projects. Details on the interesting projects can be found in the linked conference report.

“A Very Brief History of Sustainability” – a lecture by Annette Kehnel an der Brandeis University (13.10.2022)

Annette Kehnel speaks at Brandeis University about the past as inspiration for a more sustainable future. You can listen to the lecture below. We hope you enjoy it!


Consultation hours winter semester 2022/23

Prof. Kehnel's office hours Consultation hours with Prof. Kehnel take place in HWS 2022/23 by appointment.
Please register in advance by e-mail with a keyword for your request in the secretary's office at katja.gutzmer

Opening hours of the secretary's office:

The secretary's office of the Chair of Medieval History will be occupied Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm. Therefore, please send all enquiries by e-mail to katja.gutzmer


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Projects and publications