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A Manuscript by Jakob Haas, dating to 1237. It is written in Latin and completely crossed out.
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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 chair is held by Prof. Dr. Annette Kehnel.
Prof. Dr. Annette Kehnel is Vice President for Student Affairs and Teaching  at the University of Mannheim.


Current News

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Lordship, State Formation and Local Authority by Dr. Alex Spike Gibbs has been shortlisted for the Royal Historical Society's Whitfield Prize

Dr. Alex Spike Gibbs' book: “Lordship, State Formation and Local Authority in Late Medieval and Early Modern England” has been shortlisted for the Royal Historical Society's Whitfield Prize . You can find more information about the price  here. The book is now also available online in open access.

Verena Weller
Dr des. Verena Weller raises a total of 40,270 euros for her project.

Dr des. Verena Weller raises a total of 40,270 euros for her project ‘Female Economy – Gender and Inventories in the Middle Ages’.  The project is financed by the Research Fund of the University of Mannheim (originally selected for funding as part of the Research Seed Capital (RiSC) programme of the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts (MWK) Baden-Württemberg).’

Gruppenfoto der Familie Weller, mit Verena Weller in der Mitte. Sie hält einen Blumenstrauß in der Hand.
Verena Weller finishes her phd project.

The well-attended disputatio, followed by a graduation ceremony, took place on 17 April at 12:00 noon.
We are delighted that she will now continue to support the chair as an academic assistant.

Winners of the Thirsk Price.
Lordship, State Formation and Local Authority in Late Medieval and Early Modern England wins Joan Thirsk Memorial Prize

Spike Gibbs' book, Lordship, State Formation and Local Authority in Late Medieval and Early Modern England has jointly won the Joan Thirsk Memorial Prize 2024. The prize is awarded annually by the British Agricultural History Society for the best book in British or Irish rural or agrarian history. For more information about the prize, please visit: https://www.bahs.org.uk/ThirskPrize.html.

A 16th century painting of docotos meeting in the University of Paris.
Call for Papers: “Neues aus dem Mittelalter”

The Institute for Franconian-Palatinate History and Regional Studies at Heidelberg University as well as the Institute of History at the University of Mannheim are organising the “Werkstattgespräche – Neues aus dem Mittelalter” in Heidelberg for the twelth time. The two-day event on 26 and 27 September offers a platform for the presentation and discussion of current research in the field of medieval history. If you are interested, you can find all further information concerning application and programme on the H-SOZ-KULT website.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Report on the Workshop: 'Close Ties? The Economic Impacts of “Feudal” Lordship in the Middle Ages', 11.12.-13.12.2023

On 11.12.23 – 13.12.23 the Junior Professorship for the Economic History of the Middle Ages at Mannheim and the Chair for Medieval History at Graz jointly organised the workshop ‘Close Ties? The Economic Impacts of 'Feudal' Lordship in the Middle Ages’. The event brought together researchers from across Europe and the United States to discuss how lordship impacted on economies and societies throughout Eurasia through a range of thought-provoking papers. We also enjoyed a museum trip to see the SCHUM Jewish heritage sites in Speyer. We look forward to future collaborations stemming from this event and welcome any inquiries from researchers interested in this topic! – Dr. Alex Spike Gibbs

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“We fear the return to darker times” – Interview with Annette Kehnel (Trends, 2023/11)

In the November issue of the Trends magazine, Dirk Vandenberghe interviews Annette Kehnel.

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Annette Kehnel on the Boektopia Podcast (31.10.2023)

On the Podcast Annette Kehnel talks about the dutch release of her Book “Wir konnten auch anders” with Layla El-Dekmak.

Archive

Consultation hours Spring Semester 2024

In the spring semester 2024, consultation hours with Prof. Kehnel take place on thursdays 10:15 -11:15 am in L7,7 – room 107 and by appointment.

Please register in advance by e-mail with a keyword for your request in the secretary's office at katja.gutzmermail-uni-mannheim.de.

Opening hours of the secretary's office:

The secretary's office of the Chair of Medieval History will be occupied Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Therefore, please send all enquiries by e-mail to katja.gutzmermail-uni-mannheim.de.

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Team

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Research

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A Handwritten document by Jakob Haas, written in 1237 in Latin. Much of the Text is crossed out.
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