Prof. Dr. Annette Kehnel

Prof. Dr. Annette Kehnel
Chair of Medieval History
Since October 2021 Vice President for Student Affairs and Teaching
University of Mannheim
Chair of Medieval History
L 7, 7 – Room 101
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
Tuesdays until further notice via call only.
(Pre-registration by e-mail to the secretary's office is requested)


  • Biography

    Annette Kehnel has held the Chair of Medieval History at the University of Mannheim since 2005. She studied history and biology at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, at Somerville College Oxford and at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich. After completing her doctoral studies at Trinity College Dublin (PhD 1995), she taught and conducted research at the TU Dresden, where she habilitated in 2004, before being appointed to Mannheim.

    Ms. Kehnel's work is internationally comparative, and she has held visiting professorships and research stays in Paris, Oxford, Bogota, Beijing, Jerusalem, Fribourg/Switzerland, Cambridge, Poitiers, among others.

    She held various positions at the University of Mannheim, was Vice Dean and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities (2010–2014), Ombudsperson for Young Academics, Board Member of the Ekkehard Foundation, since 2021 Prorector Teaching of the University.

  • Research interests

    Her work and research focuses on historical anthropology and economic history. Starting with the history of medieval monasteries and orders – initially in Ireland and England – she systematically inquires into the interplay between culture, religion and economy. A current topic is credit, especially small and microcredit; she is interested in debt as a “kit of society” and the many forms of market participation at all levels of society (DFG project “Small Credit and Market Participation”). In particular, the role of women as actors in urban financial markets is also currently being researched in a case study on the city of Montpellier. Another project is examining account books from medieval women's monasteries, quite impressive records that offer insights into the independent economic management of pre-modern women's communities and shed light on their role as market participants.


  • Kehnel, A. (2014). Vom Rossopfer zur Kaiserkrönung? In , Grenzen des Rituals : Wirkreichweiten – Geltungsbereiche – Forschungsperspektiven ; [Tagung “Die Grenzen des Rituals”, in Heidelberg, (27. bis 29. Januar 2011)] (S. 255–289). Norm und Struktur, Böhlau: Köln [u.a.].
  • Kehnel, A. (2005). Alter – Stigma – Charisma. In , Charisma und religiöse Gemeinschaften im Mittelalter (S. 45–52). Vita regularis, LIT-Verl.: Münster.