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 2022, Carlemany a Europa. Història i memòria (Filologia UB), Barcelona 2022; 354 pp.

Tischler M (ed.) 2022, After the Carolingians: Catalonia and Europe in Transformation [= Early Medieval Europe 30], London 2022, 493–629

Tischler M 2022, ‘Introduction’, Early Medieval Europe, 30, 497–498.

Tischler M 2022, ‘From Rome to Ripoll, Rioja, and Beyond: The Iberian Transmission of the Latin ‘Tiburtine Sibyl’ and Oliba of Ripoll and Vic’s Europe-Wide Network of Knowledge Transfer and Learning‘, Early Medieval Europe, 30, 558–576.

Tischler M 2022, ‘From Fragments to Codices: The Reconstruction of Copies of Carolingian Homiliaries and the ‘Homiliary of Luculentius’, a Case Study of Twenty-First Century Fragmentology in Septimania and Catalonia‘, Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies, 14, 2 (2022) 181–200

Tischler M 2022, ‘Knowledge Transfer on the Carolingian Periphery: The Case of Early Medieval Catalonia’, in Ibero-Mediävistik. Grundlagen, Potentiale und Perspektiven eines internationalen Forschungsfeldes (Geschichte und Kultur der iberischen Welt 17), ed. by N. Jaspert, Berlin, 117–148.

Tischler M 2022, Victorine Restoration. Essays on Hugh of St Victor, Richard of St Victor, and Thomas Gallus (Cursor Mundi 39), ed. by R. J. Porwoll – D. A. Orsbon, Turnhout 2021, in: Sehepunkte 22, no 10.

Selected research activities

PhD thesis by Silke Engelhardt: Heiligenpatrozinien im Pyrenäenraum 750–1100

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)

Courses at Vienna and Barcelona

Papers at Barcelona (2), Vienna (2), Spoleto, Rethymno, Wuppertal and Tarragona

Manuscript excursion at Tarragona

Remote referee for ERC-2022-SYG (SH6)

Reviewer at Princeton University

Peer Reviewer of the SNSF (Switzerland)

Peer Reviewer of Oxford University Press and Vierteljahrschrift für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte