Katharina Heinz

Doctoral Research Fellow - Medieval Studies
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Room HW 346
Visiting address Niels Henrik Abels vei 36 Henrik Wergelands hus 0313 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1102 Blindern 0317 OSLO
Other affiliations Faculty of Theology (Student) Faculty of Humanities (Student)


2013 - Bachelor of Arts: Skandinavistik, Universität Wien.

2013 - Erasmus semester, Universitetet i Oslo.

2016- Master of Arts: Skandinavistik, Universität Wien. MA thesis: Bedeutung und Bedeutungswandel christlicher Termini in altisländischer Historiographie aus sprachwissenschaftlicher Perspektive. Supervisor: Robert Nedoma.


Doctoral project

This project aims to investigate rhetorical practices and their didactic functions in the textual and material composition of the Old Norwegian text Konungs skuggsjá, presented as educational dialogue between a father and son in the manuscript AM 243 bα fol. By combining theoretical perspectives of material philology, semiotics and critical discourse studies, the project primarily focuses on visual aspects, since visuality prevailed the possible gateways to memorization and transmission of knowledge in the Middle Ages. Therefore, I will consider certain visual elements in the text, including rhetorical figures and verbal imagery, and in the manuscript, such as the graphic arrangement of and single elements on the manuscript page, as inextricable components of the underlying didactic program of Konungs skuggsjá.
Based on this synthetic approach, the project focuses on three main questions: 1) What are the rhetorical implications for the textual composition and material organization of a medieval manuscript? 2) How do rhetorical practices contribute functionally to the overall didactic framework? 3) What are the relations and correspondences between text and image in general, and between textual/linguistic features and the visual/material representation on the manuscript page in particular? Ultimately, this inclusive approach will enhance our understanding of the universal scope of rhetoric in medieval European culture shaping cognitive processes, textual compositions and the material organization of manuscripts.



Norrønt Forum: excursion to Oslo katedralskolebibliotek, organizor.

Norrønt Forum: Oral and Written Cultures in Medieval Scandinavia, organizor, ILN, UiO.

Trends and Challenges in Early Career Scholarship (NECRON-workshop), participant/poster, Institut for Nordiske Studier og Sprogvidenskab, University of Copenhagen.

Bokstav eller bilde? Initialer og deres funksjon i Kongespeilets manuskript (arrangement), invited speaker, Slottsfjellsmuseet i Tønsberg.

Power and Identity: The Reading of History in High Medieval Europe (conference), speaker/paper, Old College, Aberystwyth University.

ATTR Research seminar: Authoritative Texts: Media and Materiality, participant/paper, TF, UiO.

Nordic Interdisciplinary PhD-Workshop: Medieval Rhetorical Cultures, speaker/paper, IAKH, UiO.

Norrønt Forum: Body and Soul in Old Norse Culture, organizor, ILN, UiO.



Norrønt Forum: Knowledge in Space, Practice, and Transmissions, speaker, ILN, UiO.

Summer School in Scandinavian Manuscript Studies, participant, Reykjavík.

DACH-Studierendentagung der deutschsprachigen Skandinavstik, organizor, Universität Wien.

Tags: Old Norse Philology, Old Norse, Manuscript Culture, Rhetoric, Medieval Studies, Medieval Culture, Middle Ages, PhD person:publications: null
Published May 23, 2016 2:55 PM - Last modified Feb. 7, 2018 3:41 PM

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