Prof. Dr. Bent Gebert

Medieval German Literature an General Literary Studies

Office Hours: Tuesday, from  13:30 p.m. (registration by email is requested)

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Research Interests

German literature of the 12th-15th centuries - cultural theory and literary theory - practices of implication and explication - historical narratology - cultural logics of agonality - myth, mythology and myth theory - didactics of medieval studies

Aktuelle Projekte

  • “Mediävistische Restitutionen. Semantiken der Rückgabe in der deutschen Literatur des Mittelalters“
  • “Deepening and Transcending the game. Medieval Court Culture between Routines and Transgression“ (research initiative “Serious Gaming“)
  • “Allegorische Infrastrukturen: Rhetorik  – Poetik – Semiotik“ (research initiative “Transforming Infrastructure“)
  • “Schlechte Verlierer“ (completed, in press:

Curriculum Vitae

since 10/2018: W3 professorship for German Literature with focus on the Middle Ages and Literary Theory (University of Konstanz)

05/2017: Habilitation at the University of Konstanz, venia legendi for “Older German Literature and Language as well as Literary Theory”

2012-2018: Junior professorship for German Literature with a focus on the Middle Ages (University of Konstanz)

2011: Baden-Württemberg certificate for university didactics

2011: PhD in older German literature & language: “Mythos als Wissensform. Studium zur Epistemik und Poetik des Trojanerkreigs Konrads von Würzburg“

2009: Short-term Visiting Scholar at the Department of Comparative Literature (Stanford University, USA)

2007-2012: Research Assistant at the German Seminar - German Medieval Studies (University of Freiburg)

2004-2005: Master of Studies in European Literature (University of Oxford, UK)

2004-2007: State Examination in German and Philosophy/Ethics (Freiburg i.Br. and Konstanz)

2001-2007: Master’s degree in modern German literary history, older German literature and language and Philosophy (Freiburg i.Br.)

1980 born in Kiel

Prizes and scholarships

2014: Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize of the DFG

2014: Teaching Award of the University of Konstanz (LUKS) and Tina Ulmer Teaching Award of the “Stiftung Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft an der Universität Konstanz”

2013: Instructional Development Award (IDA) of the University of Freiburg

2011: Teaching Award of the University of Freiburg i.Br.

2009: Winner in the competition for young scientists of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)

2007: Granting of a doctoral scholarship by the Studienstiftung

2005: Gisela Shaw Prize (Association for Modern German Studies) and Goethe Prize (English Goethe Society)

2004-2005: Hölderlin scholarship for master studies in Oxford

2001-2007: Scholarship holder of the Studienstiftung d. deutschen Volkes


Positions and Functions

  • since 2021: Member of the board of the Dr. August and Annelies Karst Foundation (Konstanz)
  • 2018-2021: Dean of Studies of the Department of Literature, Art and Media Studies at the University of Konstanz
  • since 2017: Member of the advisory board of the Richard M. Meyer Foundation (Hamburg)

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