Short CV/Education and training

  • 1988 – 1989
    Université Toulouse le Mirail (France)

  • 1989 – 1992
    University of Vienna, Major: History; Minor: Romance Studies; Auxiliary Sciences

  • 1992 – 1995
    University of Vienna, MA Historical Research, Auxiliary Sciences and Archival Studies

  • 1992 – 1996
    University of Vienna, PhD: History

  • 1992 – 1993
    Collaborator in a research project on Early Modern Political Communication (Edition der Korrespondenz Ferdinands I. 1533/34)

  • 1994 – 2003
    Austrian Ministry of Science and Research, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Programme Management of funding programmes Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Transdisciplinary Research Humanities and Social Sciences

  • 1998 – 2008
    Lecturer at the University of Vienna, History Department

  • 1999 – 2005
    Lecturer and Visiting Professor at the University für Gestaltung Linz

  • 2001 – 2003
    Lecturer and Visiting Professor at the University of Klagenfurt

  • 2001 – 2002
    Lecturer and research at the

    Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Kulturwissenschaftliches Seminar

    Freie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften

    University of Lüneburg, Fachbereich Kulturwissenschaften

  • 2003 – 2007
    Austrian Ministry of Science and Research, Deputy Head of the Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • 2007
    Austrian Ministry of Science and Research, Head of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Since 2008
    Full professor (chair: Austrian history) at the University of Vienna

Selected publications


  • 2010: Zwischen Hof und Kloster. Kulturelle Gemeinschaften im mittelalterlichen Österreich (Antrittsvorlesungen der Historisch-kulturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Wien, Bd. 2).- Vienna: Böhlau 2010.

  • 2008: Cultural Studies. Eine Einführung, with Markus Reisenleitner. 6., rev. Ed. (Cultural Studies, Bd. 0, 1. Ed. Vienna: Turia + Kant 1998).- Vienna: Löcker 2008.

  • 2005: Geschlecht & Wissen, Norm & Praxis, Lesen & Schreiben. Monastische Reformgemeinschaften im 12. Jahrhundert (Veröffentlichungen des IÖG 43).- Vienna: Oldenbourg 2005.

  • 1998: Politische Kommunikation in der Frühen Neuzeit am Beispiel der diplomatischen Beziehungen zwischen der Republik Venedig und Maximilian I. (1495 1508) (Veröffentlichungen des IÖG 34).- Vienna: Oldenbourg 1998.

Books edited:

  • 2015: Visions of Community. Comparative Approaches to Medieval Forms of Identity in Europe and Asia, with A. Gingrich (History and Anthropology, Thematic Journal Issue 2/2015, London; NY: Routledge).

  • 2011: Funktionsräume – Wahrnehmungsräume – Gefühlsräume. Mittelalterliche Lebensformen zwischen Kloster und Hof (Veröffentlichungen des IÖG 59).- Vienna: Böhlau 2011.

  • 2004: Kulturgeschichte – Fragestellungen, Konzepte, Annäherungen (Querschnitte 15), with Margit Szöllösi-Janze and Heidemarie Uhl.- Innsbruck: Studienverlag 2004.


  • 2015: Comparative Approaches to Visions of Community, in: Visions of Community. Comparative Approaches to Medieval Forms of Identity in Europe and Asia, with A. Gingrich (History and Anthropology, Thematic Journal Issue 2/2015, London; NY: Routledge)

  • 2013: Social Groups, Personal Relations, and the Making of Communities in Medieval vita monastica, in: Making Sense as Cultural Practice. Historical Perspectives, ed. J. Rogge (Mainzer Historische Kulturwissenschaften 17, Bielefeld: transcript 2013), 45-61.

  • 2012: Preachers, Saints and Sinners. Emotional Repertoires in High Medieval Religious Role Models, in: Jonas Liliequist (ed.), Cultural History of Emotions in Premodernity (Studies for the International Society for Cultural History), London: Pickering & Chatto 2012) 49-63.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

Current Project:

  • Social and Cultural Communities across Medieval Monastic, Urban, and Courtly Cultures in High and Late Medieval Central Europe (PI: Christina Lutter), project in the framework of the special research programme SFB 42 VISCOM Visions of Community: Comparative Approaches to Ethnicity, Region and Empire in Christianity, Islam and Buddhism (400-1600 CE), Speaker: Walter Pohl, Funding: Austrian National Funs (FWF), 2011 – 2015

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (AAS), 2013

  • National Expert for COST Action nr: IS 1301: New Communities of Interpretation: Contexts, Strategies of Religious Transformation in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, 2013

  • Member of the Scientific Board of the Austrian State Archives, 2012

  • German Funding Agency (DFG), Excellence Initiative, Second Phase, Referee Humanities & Social Sciences, 2011/12

  • Vice President of the Scientific Board International Research Centre Kulturwissenschaften (IFK), 2011

  • Member of the Scientific Board of the Institute for Jewish History in Austria, 2011

  • Member of the Scientific Board of the Heidelberg and Dresden Academies of Humanities and Sciences Project Cluster Klöster im Hochmittelalter: Innovationslabore europäischer Lebensentwürfe und Ordnungsmodelle (B. Schneidmüller, S. Weinfurter, Heidelberg; G. Melville, Dresden), 2011

  • Member of the Scientific Board of the Book Series Concepts for the Study of Culture (Boston; Berlin: Walter de Gruyter), 2011

  • Associated Scholar of the Research Training Group Gender as a Category of Knowledge at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, funded by the German Funding Agency (DFG), 2011

  • Austrian Academy of Sciences, Member of the Research Grant Committee, 2010

  • European Research Council (ERC), Referee in Peer Review Evaluations, 2009

  • University of Vienna, Member of the Research Grant Committee, 2008

  • Editorial Board Member of Cultural Studies (NY; London: Routledge, ed. L. Grossberg and D. Pollock), 2008

  • Member of the Scientific Board of the bi-annual Austrian Conference on Cultural History, 2007

  • Member of the Scientific Board of kakanien revisited – Internetplattform für Mittelost- und Südosteuropaforschung, 2007

  • Member of the Scientific Board of the Research Center for Comparative Studies on Religious Orders (G. Melville), 2007

  • Founding and Editorial Board Member of the Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften (ZfK, Transcript-Verlag), 2005

  • Editor of the book series Kulturwissenschaft (12 vols), Vienna: Turia + Kant, 1999 – 2007

  • Co-Editor (with M. Reisenleitner) of the book series Cultural Studies, Vienna: Löcker, since 1998

  • Member of the Institute for Austrian Historical Research, 1995

Additional qualifications

  • 2003 – 2007: Austrian Council of Science and Technology (RFTE): Member of the task force on Social Sciences, Humanities, and Cultural Studies

  • 2003 – 2007: Austrian Academy of Sciences (AAS): Representative of the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research in the boards of the Centres of Cultural Studies, Medieval History, and Modern History

  • 2003 – 2004: Head/Moderator of the Working Group Human Ressources, Austrian Ministry of Science and Research, Division Research (together with Ch. Ramoser)

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Katharina, born on Nov 26, 2007

  • Philipp, born on July 12, 2010


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