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: 'Das Homiliar des Paulus Diaconus an der südwesteuropäischen Peripherie des Karolingerreiches', Mitteilungen des Instituts für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung 131 (2023) 1–20
- Tischler M: 'A Political Testament in the Matrix of Time and Space: Einhart’s Vita Karoli in Italy, Septimania, and Catalonia from the Tenth to Thirteenth Centuries', in I Franchi, Spoleto 2023, 169–96 & 197–201 (Discussion)
- Tischler M: 'Saint-Victor de Paris. Spiritualité et érudition des chanoines réguliers, XIIe et XIIIe siècles', in I Canonici Regolari dal Medioevo ai nostri giorni, ed. by B. Ardura - G. Melville, Città del Vaticano 2023, 233–64
- Tischler M: 'Überwindung der Krise durch Fiktion. Christlich-muslimische Glaubensgespräche vom 12. zum frühen 14. Jahrhundert,' in Religionsgespräche und Religionspolemik im Mittelalter, ed. Chr. Reinle, Ostfildern 2023, 319–69
- Tischler M: 'Des de Roma a Ripoll, la Rioja i més enllà: la transmissió de la Sibil·la tiburtina a la península Ibèrica i l’extensa xarxa europea de coneixement de l’abat i bisbe Oliba de Ripoll i de Vic', in Oliba de Vic, un bisbe de mil anys enrere, ed. M. Sureda i Jubany - R. Baró i Cabrera, Barcelona 2023, 149–72

Selected research activities

-Transcultural Medieval Studies 2 & 3 (ed.-in-Chief): Carpentieri N: Writing the Twilight, Turnhout 2023; Byrne Ph - Ellis C (eds): Maritime Exchange and the Making of Normand Worlds, Turnhout 2023
-PhD theses Óscar Perdomo Ceballos: St Ildefonsus of Toledo and the Virginity of Mary; Silke Engelhardt: Heiligenpatrozinien im Pyrenäenraum 750–1100
-Projects Carolingian Culture in Septimania and Catalonia (2020–24); Study and Critical Edition of the Homiliary of Luculentius (2019–23)
-Advisory Board of Nomads' Manuscripts Landscape (FWF START 2020–25)
-Course at Barcelona
-Workshop at Bellaterra
-Papers at Bellaterra (2), Berlin, Fanjeaux, Spiez, Toulouse (2) & Vienna
-Manuscript excursions at Urgell, Vic, Nîmes & Montpellier
-Reviewer for Palgrave Macmillan