Klöster im Hochmittelalter

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"Klöster im Hochmittelalter" combines basic research with new perspectives from cultural studies. The project analyses the monastic world of the Middle Ages as a pioneer of modernity.

Between the 11th and 13th century, monasteries and religious communities played a major role in shaping ideas of community and individualization in Medieval Europe. With their convents, orders and personnel they linked an exclusive world of spirituality with the dynamics of medieval society. Monastic authors and scholars collected, compiled and enriched written knowledge and oral traditions. They reflected upon contemporary debates and necessities and with their interpretations developed visions of a new and "better" world.

"Klöster im Hochmittelalter" is funded by the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Two research teams based in Heidelberg and Dresden analyse texts written about or within monastic and secular communities. The project develops new perspectives and methodological approaches to the history and impact of medieval monasteries by providing critical editions and interpretations of the respective texts.

Principal investigators are Gert Melville (Dresden) and Bernd Schneidmüller (Heidelberg).


  • Prof. Dr. Bernd Schneidmüller (Project Leader)
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Gert Melville (Project Leader)
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Contact person for the academies' programme

Sebastian Zwies M.A.

Geschäftsstelle Mainz
Union der deutschen Akademien der Wissenschaften
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55131 Mainz

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