Michael Schonhardt (M.A.)

Research Assistant, Section: Medieval History (Academy Project: Burchard's Decree Digital (Digital Editing))

Schonhardt, Michael
+49 561 804-3925
+49 561 804-3464
Untere Königsstr. 86 (Durchgang zur Mosenthalstr)
34125 Kassel
Untere Königsstraße 86, Raum 2031
  • 2006-2012 studied history and politics (BA) and medieval and Renaissance studies (MA); master’s thesis “Monasteries and Knowledge – The Arnstein Bible and its Context in the Early 13th Century”
  • 2011 Erasmus student at Durham University, UK
  • 2013-2019 doctorate in medieval history at the University of Freiburg; title: “With Sphaera and Astrolabe: ‘The Discovery of Nature’ in South-East German Monasteries in the High Middle Ages”
  • 2016-2018 assistant at the Chair in Latin Philology of the Middle Ages at the University of Freiburg
  • since 2017 involved in the project “Burchard of Mount Sion's Descriptio Terrae Sanctae” (project of the Israel Science Foundation, under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Rubin, Bar Ilan University)

Digital consultation by individual arrangement via e-mail.

Research project in the Academies Programme, Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz, “Burchard’s Digital Decree”: a work platform to give access to texts and study the history of reception of early and late medieval legal cultures




  • Michael Schonhardt, Scientific Renewal and Reformed Religious Life: The Case of the Arnstein Bible, in: The Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies 5 (2016), S. 43-60; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1484/J.JMMS.5.110838.
  • Michael Schonhardt, Das Schöpfungsportal des Freiburger Münsters, in: Freiburger Diözesanarchiv 134 (2014), S. 43-70.

Digital publications and miscellanies (selection)

  • Michael Schonhardt, Zur Digitalisierung der Materialität mittelalterlicher Objekte. Ein Bericht aus der wissenschaftsgeschichtlichen Werkstatt, in: Mittelalter. Interdisziplinäre Forschung und Forschungsgeschichte (2017), http://mittelalter.hypotheses.org/10930.
  • Michael Schonhardt, Identifying manuscripts in social media, in: Mittelalter. Interdisziplinäre Forschung und Forschungsgeschichte (2015), http://mittelalter.hypotheses.org/5728.
  • Michael Schonhardt, Alter Wein in neue Schläuche? Einige Thesen zum Verhältnis von Wissenschaft und social media, in: Mittelalter. Interdisziplinäre Forschung und Forschungsgeschichte (2014), http://mittelalter.hypotheses.org/3975.
  • 2019: "The Manuscript Circulation of Burchard's Descriptio and its Reception through the Centuries", International Workshop: To Jerusalem and beyond. New Directions in the Study of Latin Travel Literature ca. 1250-1500, Universität Innsbruck.
  • 2018: "Akquise und Aufbereitung historischer Forschungsdaten mit Python", Oberseminar Prof. Dr. Birgit Studt (Digitale Werkzeuge in der Geschichtswissenschaft).
  • 2018: "Contemplatio stellarum: William of Hirsaus sphaera and the beginning of observational astronomy in the 11th century", 7th International Conference on the Science of Computus, NUI Galway.
  • 2017: "Von Toledo nach Regensburg - zur Rezeption arabischen Wissens über den Kosmos im 11. und 12. Jahrhundert", 24. Jahrestagung des Brackweder Arbeitskreises für Mittelalterforschung, Bibliotheca Hertziana Rom.
  • 2016: "...ut fratres surgere faciat ad horam competentem: The Transmission and Function of Arabic Science in Regensburg", 6th International Conference on the Science of Computus, NUI Galway.
  • 2015: 'Die Fragmentierung des Kosmos - Kosmologisches Wissen in der Kirchenprovinz Salzburg im 12. Jahrhundert', GHI Washington, Medieval History Seminar.


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