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Matthias Tischler

Matthias Tischler

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


Matthias M. Tischler, born 1968 in Münchberg (Germany), studied Medieval and Modern History, Applied Historical Sciences, Latin and Romance Philology, Philosophy, Theology and Islamic Studies at Heidelberg, Munich and Frankfurt. He obtained his PhD in Heidelberg (1998). He was an Assistant Professor at Frankfurt (2001–2009). After his habilitation at Dresden (2008/2009), he was Associate Professor (2009/2012), Senior Research Fellow at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) (2013/2014) and Research Group Leader at the IMAFO (ÖAW) in Vienna (2015/2016). He was a Visiting Professor of the ÉPHÉ in Paris (2015) and a Senior Research Fellow at the Medieval Institute of Notre Dame, USA (2016), the IAS, Princeton, USA (2019) and the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany (2020). In 2016 he accepted a position at ICREA at the Department of Ancient and Medieval Studies of the UAB, which he has held since January 1, 2017. Since 2020 he is member of the Academia Europaea.

Research interests

My studies are raising the question about the geographical, linguistic, religious, cultural and mental borders of the multi-layered legacy in the centres and peripheries of the Medieval Worlds. I have analyzed the Europe-wide intellectual attraction and radiance of the Parisian abbey of Saint-Victor in the mirror of its exegetical and theological production, focusing on the various European areas. Then, I have broadened my panorama to reconstruct European religious and intellectual identities by conducting extensive research on texts of Christian-Muslim encounters and perceptions in Europe, specializing on early Christian polemics against Islam, the linguistic and religious borders between Christians, Jews and Muslims, processes of religious and cultural passages, entanglement and dis/integration among the members of the three monotheisms in the Carolingian and Iberian Worlds. A new research field I try to establish is methodologically sound Transcultural Studies and Palaeography.

Selected publications

Tischler M – Marschner P (ed.): Transcultural Approaches to the Bible: Exegesis and Historical Writing in the Medieval Worlds, Turnhout 2021

Tischler M: Remembering the Ostrogoths in the Carolingian Empire, in: Historiography and Identity 3, ed. by R. Kramer e.a., Turnhout 2021, 65–122

Tischler M: Spaces of Convivencia and Spaces of Polemic: Transcultural Historiography and Religious Identity in the Intellectual Landscape of the Iberian Peninsula (9th–10th Centuries), in: Historiography and Identity 4, ed. by W. Pohl – D. Mahoney, Turnhout 2021, 275–305

Tischler M: Reframing Salvific History in a Transcultural Society, in Transcultural Approaches to the Bible, ed. by M. Tischler – P. Marschner, Turnhout 2021, 17–48

Tischler M: David und/oder Salomon? Zur ‘öffentlichen’ und ‘privaten’ Dimension einer zentralen Herrschertypologie bei Walahfrid Strabo und anderen Autoren der Zeit Ludwigs des Frommen, Studi medievali III 62 (2021) 551–607

Tischler M: La transformació carolíngia de la Catalunya altmedieval, Arxiu de textos antics catalans 33 (2020–2021) 7–33

Tischler M: Ludwig Traubes Idee von der Biographie lateinischer Schriften, MIÖG 129 (2021) 148–154

Tischler M: Editorial, in: Transcultural Approaches to the Bible, ed. by M. Tischler – P. Marschner, Turnhout 2021, 1–8

Tischler, M (rec.), Lyon dans l’Europe carolingienne, ed. by F. Bougard e.a., Turnhout 2019, Speculum 96 (2021) 1156–1158

Selected research activities

PhD thesis by Óscar Perdomo Cabellanos: St Ildefonsus of Toledo and the Virginity of Mary: Christian Networks between Spain and France (7th‒12th C.)
Projects Carolingian Culture in Septimania and Catalonia (2020–2024) and Study and Critical Edition of the Homiliary of Luculentius (2019–2023)
Advisory Board of Nomads’ Manuscripts Landscape (FWF START, 2020–2025)
Papers at Madrid, Heidelberg, Paris, Rome, Zwettl, Vatican City, Barcelona
Reviewer of the DFG, NIAS, Banting (Canada); International Journal of the Classical Tradition

ICREA Memoir 2021