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 the Universities of Heidelberg, Munich and Frankfurt. He obtained his PhD in Heidelberg (1998). After holding PostDoc positions at Paris (DHI) and Bamberg, 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 Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMAFO) 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 the University of Notre Dame, USA (2016). 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.

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. First, 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 German, Anglo-Saxon, French, Italian and Hispanic 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. On this basis, I have been able to pursue studies on early Christian polemics against Islam, on the linguistic and religious borders between Christians, Jews and Muslims, and on processes of religious and cultural passages, entanglement and dis/integration among the members of the three monotheisms, especially in the Carolingian and Iberian Worlds.

Selected publications

- Tischler M: From Disorder to Order. The Scientific Challenges of Early Medieval Catalonia for Twenty-First-Century Medieval Studies, in Disorder. Expressions of An Amorphous Phenomenon in Human History, ed. by M Breitenstein/J Sonntag, Munster/W. 2020, 93–140

- Tischler M: Warum Clunys Islamprojekt zunächst scheitern musste und schließlich doch ein Erfolg wurde, in Die Wirkmacht klösterlichen Lebens, ed. by M Breitenstein/G Melville, Regensburg 2020, 275–298

- Tischler M: “Bibliotheca”. Die Bibel als transkulturelle Bibliothek von Geschichte und Geschichten, in Die Bibliothek, ed. by A Speer/L Reuke, Berlin/Boston 2020, 559–580 and 847

- Tischler M & Vernet i Pons E: An Untapped Treasure of Carolingian Text Culture: The Homiliary of Luculentius from the Spanish March (c. 900)', Revue d’histoire ecclésiastique 115 (2020) 715–729

- Tischler M: De la imposibilidad de escribir una historia sobre la percepción de las religiones en la Alta y Plena Edad Media, in Christentum in der Neuzeit, ed. by M Sievernich/K Vellguth, Freiburg/Br. 2020, 155–173

- Tischler M: Die Dominikanermission unter den Muslimen im 13. Jahrhundert, in Huit siècles de mission et de dialogue interreligieux dans l'Ordre des Prêcheurs, ed. by M Delgado/B Hodel, Paris 2020, 35–64

- Tischler M & Vernet i Pons E: L’’Homiliari’ de Luculentius (marca hispànica catalana, ca. 900), Misceŀlània litúrgica catalana 28 (2020) 67–95

Selected research activities

Supervisor of the PhD Thesis by Ekaterina Novokhatko: Religion, Imagination and Politics in Post-Carolingian Catalonia, UAB, Nov 1, 2020

Director of the Projects "Carolingian Culture in Septimania and Catalonia" (2020–2024) and "Study and Critical Edition of the Homiliary of Luculentius" (2019–2023)

Member of the AE

Advisory Board of "Nomads’ Manuscripts Landscape" (FWF START, 2020–2025)

Fellow of the HAB, Wolfenbüttel, Jan 2020

Papers at Vienna, Bellaterra, Cologne

Reviewer of the Académie Française, PSL SHS (France), KAAD (Germany), ERC-2020-ADG; Speculum, Studia Historica