Sita Steckel

Associate professor II - History
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Visiting address Niels Henrik Abels vei 36 Niels Treschows hus 0851 OSLO
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Academic interests

As a medieval historian with a regional focus on Western Europe, I work within the fields of history of religion and history of knowledge. My current work concerns conflicts and competition between different religious elites within Latin Christianity, in particular the large-scale conflict between the clergy and the mendicant orders in thirteenth-century France, Italy and England. 

This topic has also been the starting point for a co-operative project (including two doctoral researchers) focusing on religious polemics within Latin Christianity. 

My dissertation treated scholarly networks and scholarly authority in early and high medieval Western Europe, and I continue to be interested in the history of learning, both within Latin Christianity and in a comparative perspective.

Background

I studied Medieval history and English philology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, where I obtained my M.A. (2001) and Dr. phil. (2006). Since 2004, I have held various research and lecturing positions at the University of Münster. After spending a year as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University in the USA in 2010/11, I obtained a grant from the Volkswagen Foundation which enabled me to build a small research group at Münster from 2012 onwards. I am currently Junior Professor for the History of the High and Late Middle Ages at Münster (see webpage) as well as being Associate Professor II at Oslo. 

Tags: Middelalder

Publications

Monograph

Sita Steckel, Kulturen des Lehrens im Früh- und Hochmittelalter. Autorität, Wissenskonzepte und Netzwerke von Gelehrten (Norm und Struktur. Studien zum sozialen Wandel in Mittelalter und Früher Neuzeit, 39), Cologne/Weimar/Vienna: Böhlau, 2011.

Edited volumes

Bruno the Carthusian and his Mortuary Roll. Studies, Text and Translation, ed. by Hartmut Beyer, Gabriela Signori & Sita Steckel, Europa Sacra 16, Turnhout: Brepols, 2014.

Networks of learning. Perspectives on Scholars in Byzantium and the Latin West, ed. by Sita Steckel & Niels Gaul, Byzantinische Studien und Texte 6, Münster: LIT 2014.                    

Akademische Wissenskulturen. Praktiken des Lehrens und Forschens vom Mittelalter bis zur Moderne, ed. by Martin Kintzinger & Sita Steckel, Veröffentlichungen der Gesellschaft für Universitäts- und Wissenschaftsgeschichte 13, Berne: Schwabe 2015.

Ecclesia disputans. Die Konfliktpraxis vormoderner Synoden zwischen Religion und Politik, ed. by Christoph Dartmann, Andreas Pietsch & Sita Steckel, Historische Zeitschrift – Beihefte, N.F. 67, Berlin – Boston: De Gruyter Oldenbourg 2015.

Recent book chapters and articles (cf. academia.edu) 

Sita Steckel und Stephanie Kluge, “Under pressure. Secular-mendicant polemics and the construction of chaste masculinity within the thirteenth-century Latin church”, in: Ambiguous Masculinity and Power: Ruling Bishops and Eunuchs in the Pre-Modern World, ed. by Almut Höfert, Matthew M. Mesley and Selena Tolino, London: Ashgate, 2016 [forthcoming/accepted].

Sita Steckel, Rewriting the Rules. The Secular-Mendicant Controversy in France and its Impact on Dominican Legislation, c. 1230–1290
, in: Making and Breaking the Rules: Discussions, Implementation and Consequences of Dominican Legislation, ed. by Cornelia Linde, Veröffentlichungen des Deutschen Historischen Instituts London, München 2015 [forthcoming/in press].

––, „Charisma and expertise. Constructing sacralized mastership in northern and western Europe, c. 800–1150”, in: Meister und Schüler, Miscellanea Mediaevalia 39, ed. by Andreas Speer & Jürgen Baumbach, Berlin – New York, 2015/6 [forthcoming/accepted].

––, „Story Street is a One-Way Street. Concluding Thoughts on Cultural Entanglement and Historical Narration“, in: Transkulturelle Verflechtungsprozesse in der Vormoderne, ed. by Wolfram Drews & Christian Scholl, Das Mittelalter. Perspektiven mediävistischer Forschung. Beihefte 3, München 2016, 252–75.

––, „Narratives of resistance: arguments against the mendicants in the works of Matthew Paris and William of Saint-Amour“, in: Authority and Resistance in the Age of Magna Charta. Thirteenth Century England XV – Proceedings of the Aberystwyth and Lampeter Conference 2013, hg. v. Janet Burton, Philip Schofield and Björn K. Weiler, London 2015, 157–77.

––, „’Gravis et clamosa querela’. Synodale Konfliktführung und Öffentlichkeit im französischen Bettelordensstreit 1254–1290“, in: Ecclesia disputans. Die Konfliktpraxis vormoderner Synoden zwischen Religion und Politik, ed. by Christoph Dartmann, Andreas Pietsch und Sita Steckel, Historische Zeitschrift – Beihefte, N.F. 67, Berlin – Boston: De Gruyter Oldenbourg 2015, 159–202.

––, „Wissensgeschichten.
 Zugänge, Probleme und Potentiale in der Erforschung mittelalterlicher Wissenskulturen“, in: Akademische Wissenskulturen. Praktiken des Lehrens und Forschens vom Mittelalter bis zur Moderne, ed. by Martin Kintzinger und Sita Steckel, Veröffentlichungen der Gesellschaft für Universitäts- und Wissenschaftsgeschichte 13, Bern 2015, 9–59.

—, „Von Buchstaben und Geist. Pragmatische und symbolische Dimensionen der Autorensiglen (nomina auctorum) bei Hrabanus Maurus“, in: Karolingische Klöster. Wissenstransfer und kulturelle Innovation, ed. by Julia Becker, Tino Licht & Stefan Weinfurter, Berlin – Boston: De Gruyter2014, 89-129.

––, „Introduction: Towards a Connected History of Learning in Byzantium and the Latin West, in: Networks of Learning. Perspectives on Scholars in Byzantine East and Latin West, c. 1000-1200, ed. by Sita Steckel, Niels Gaul and Michael Grünbart, Byzantinistische Studien und Texte 6, Münster:LIT, 2014, ix-xxxv.

––, „Networks of Learning in Byzantine East and Latin West. Methodological Considerations and Starting Points for Further Work“, in: Networks of Learning. Perspectives on Scholars in Byzantine East and Latin West, c. 1000-1200, ed. by Sita Steckel, Niels Gaul and Michael Grünbart, Byzantinistische Studien und Texte 6, Münster, 2014, 185–233.

––, „Deuten, ordnen, aneignen. Mechanismen der Innovation in der Erstellung hochmittelalterlicher Wissenskompendien“, in: Innovationen durch Deuten und Gestalten. Klöster im Mittelalter zwischen Jenseits und Welt, ed. by Gert Melville, Bernd Schneidmüller and Stefan Weinfurter, Klöster im Hochmittelalter als Innovationslabore. Studien und Texte 1, Regensburg 2014, 209–51.

––, „Differenzierung jenseits der Moderne. Eine Debatte zu mittelalterlicher Religion und moderner Differenzierungstheorie“, Frühmittelalterliche Studien 47 (2013, appeared 2014), 307–51.

—, “Between censorship and patronage. Interaction between bishops and scholars in Carolingian book dedications”, in: Image and the Episcopacy: A Miscellany on the Image and the Bishop in the Middle Ages, ed. by Evan Gatti & Sigrid Danielson, Medieval Church Studies 29, Turnhout 2014, 103–26.

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