Short CV/Education and training

  • 1968 – 1975
    Studied art history and archaeology at the University of Vienna, Austria

  • 1972 – 1976
    Academic assistant at the University of Vienna

  • Since 1976
    Employed at the Institute for the Study of Mediaeval and Early Modern Realia (IMAREAL) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

  • 1984
    Adjunct instructor at LMU Munich, Germany (summer semester)

  • 2001
    Adjunct instructor at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Germany (winter semester)

  • 2002
    Adjunct instructor at the University of Vienna (winter semester)

  • Since 2003
    Director of the IMAREAL

  • 2010 – 2011
    Adjunct instructor in the Department of Arts and Image Science at the Danube University Krems, Austria

Selected publications

  • Vavra, E.: Die Kleidung auf dem Spieleteppich: Motive und Bildsprache. In: Zander-Seidel, J. (Hg.): Der Spieleteppich im Kontext profaner Wanddekoration um 1400. Nürnberg 2010, 107-122.

  • Vavra, E.: Die Zeichensprache der Krankheit. In: Nolte, C. (Hg.), Homo debilis. Behinderte-Kranke-Versehrte in der Gesellschaft des Mittelalters (Studien und Texte zur Geistes- und Sozialgeschichte des Mittelalters, 3), Korb 2009, 393-410.

  • Vavra, E. (Hg.): Alterskulturen des Mittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit (Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Realienkunde des Mittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit), Wien 2008.

  • Vavra, E. (Hg.): Der Wald im Mittelalter. Funktion – Nutzen – Deutung. (Das Mittelalter. Perspektiven mediävistischer Forschung), Berlin 2008.

  • Vavra, E.: Leidende Körper ? lächelnde Mienen. Gedanken zur Darstellung des Schmerzes in Text und Bild. In: Vavra, E. et al. (Hgg.), Vom Körper zur Schrift. Sofia 2007, 195-230.

  • Vavra, E. (Hg.): Virtuelle Räume. Raumwahrnehmung und Raumvorstellung im Mittelalter. Berlin 2005.

  • Vavra, E.: Du böser Geist, du pflegst alle Zeit luegen [...] Der Teufel als Verkleidungskünstler. In: Das Mittelalter. Perspektiven mediävistischer Forschung 9 (2005), 139-154.

  • Vavra, E.: Zentrum oder Peripherie. Das Kunstwerk im Wechselspiel von Auftraggeber und Künstler. In: Die Sachkultur – Quellen und Probleme (Histoire des Alpes/Storia delle Alpi/Geschichte der Alpen 7) Zürich 2002, 173-186.

  • Vavra, E.: Kopf und Klinge. Repräsentative Tischkultur im Bild des Mittelalters. In: Kolmer, L. et al. (Hgg.), Mahl und Repräsentation. Der Kult ums Essen. Paderborn 2000, 87-98.

  • Vavra, E.: Starke Männer – schwache Frauen. Zur Kontrastierung der Geschlechter im Bild. In: Kontraste im Alltag des Mittelalters (Forschungen des Instituts für Realienkunde des Mittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit. Diskussionen und Materialien 5) Wien 2000, 179-210.

  • Vavra, E.(Hg.): Bild und Abbild vom Menschen im Mittelalter (Akten der Akademie Friesach "Stadt und Kultur im Mittelalter" = Schriftenreihe der Akademie Friesach 6) Klagenfurt 1999.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • "RAT – legal relics online", since 2007

  • "Encounters of the genders", since 2006

  • "Everyday and material culture in Bavaria. Documenting material culture", since 2004

  • "Memory of the land. A database of the history of the State of Lower Austria", since 2003

  • "REALonline – an interdisciplinary database of images", since 2001

  • "Documenting pictorial and archival evidence of mediaeval and early modern everyday life within the area of Europe along the Danube", 1991 – 1994

Activities as curator:

  • Bavarian and Upper Austrian regional exhibition "Allies – Enemies – Kinsmen. Bavaria and Austria" (Burghausen, Braunau, Mattighofen), 2012

  • Rearrangement of the Museum of Legal History (Pöggstall), 2011

  • "Jakob Prandtauer – Life in the Baroque" (Museum of the State of Lower Austria in St. Pölten), 2010

  • "Schätzereich Schicksalsreich Niederösterreich (Lower Austria – realm of treasures and fortune). Two centuries of precious objects from Lower Austria" (Museum of the State of Lower Austria in St. Pölten), 2009

  • Bavarian and Upper Austrian regional exhibition "Without boundaries. History of the people along the Inn" (Stift Reichersberg, Schärding), 2004

  • Lower Austrian regional exhibition "The search for the lost paradise. European culture mirrored in monasteries" (Stift Melk), 2000

  • Lower Austrian regional exhibition "Defiant & adapted. Life of women in Austria" (Schloss Kirchstetten), 1998

  • Bavarian regional exhibition "The family" (Neuburg), 1994

  • Lower Austrian regional exhibition "Family – Ideal and Reality" (Schloss Riegersburg), 1993

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the academic council of the University of Education in Vienna, since 2010

  • Member of the jury for awarding science prizes from the State of Lower Austria, since 2010

  • Member of the advisory board for the publication of the yearbook of the Oswald von Wolkenstein Society, since 2008

  • Member of the Commission of Art History of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, since 2008

  • Member of the Commission of Palaeography and Codicology of Medieval Manuscripts in Austria of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, since 2008

  • Member of the academic advisory board of the University College of Teacher Education Vienna/Krems, since 2008

  • Spokesperson for the cultural advisory board to the City of Krems, since 2007

  • Chairperson of the board of trustees of the Museum Krems, since 2006

  • Member of the advisory board to the Mediävistenverband (Medievalists’ Society) as the representative of the area for realia studies, since 1997

  • Member of the cultural advisory board to the State of Lower Austria, 1996 – 2000

Media coverage

  • Interview with Dr Elisabeth Vavra on the study of mediaeval and early modern realia:

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