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

New book from Tanja Skambraks: “Karitativer Kredit”

We are looking forward to the imminent publication of Tanja Skambraks book “Karitativer Kredit. Die Monti di Pietà, franziskanische Wirtschaftsethik und städtische Sozialpolitik in Italien (15. und 16. Jahrhundert)” by Franz Steiner Verlag.  The work is an inspiring study of the long duration of small loans for the working poor and the idea of a moral economy with high relevance for the present. Worth reading!

Call for Papers: “Close Ties? The Economic Impacts of 'Feudal' Lordship in the Middle Ages”

Tanja Skambraks and Spike Gibbs invite to a three-day workshop on “Close Ties? The Economic Impacts of 'Feudal' Lordship in the Middle Ages” at the University of Mannheim. Please submit your application by 31.05.2023. For more information, please see the Call for Papers. We look forward to your projects and an interesting workshop!

Stephan Nicolussi-Köhler receives the Jubilee Award of the Böhlau publishing house in Vienna of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

We congratulate Stephan Nicolussi-Köhler on the Jubilee Award of the Böhlau publishing house in Vienna of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, which he received for his work “Marseille, Montpellier und das Mittelmeer” published by heiUP in the series “Pariser Historische Studien”. The work was written in Mannheim and accepted there as a dissertation in 2018 (supervisor Prof. Dr. Annette Kehnel). We recommend taking a look at the award-winning work, which we have linked to below.

Photo: l. Christiane Wendehorst (ÖAW), r. Stephan Nicolussi-Köhler


  • New Research in Medieval Economic History

    At the research seminar “New Research in Medieval Economic History” – organised by the Chair of Medieval History and the Junior Professorship for Medieval Economic History – researchers from Great Britain, France and German-speaking countries presented their results and topics for discussion. Please find the individual topics in the programme. We are looking forward to more exciting lectures in the next research seminar in the autumn/winter semester 2023/24.

  • 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.

Consultation hours spring semester 2023

Prof. Kehnel's office hours Consultation hours with Prof. Kehnel take place in spring semester 2023 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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