Opening event of the lecture series - From medieval memoria research to universal-historical foundation comparison
The lecture outlines the course of recent medieval foundation research with reference to the author's own work. As stepstones, he identifies the departure to social-historical foundation research in the 1980s and the transition to universal foundation history since the turn of the millennium. Finally, the speaker addresses the ever-virulent criticism of foundations and more recent theses on foundation theory.
Michael Borgolte is professor emeritus at Humboldt University in Berlin. He is the author of numerous books and articles on foundations and the history of foundations. He has also worked on medieval ecclesiastical and global history, the history of German medieval studies after 1945, and the comparative history of Europe in the Middle Ages. He founded the publication series "StiftungsGeschichten" and received the European Research Award for his project FOUNDMED. Foundations in medieval societies. Cross-cultural comparisons.
Michael Borgolte studied and received his doctorate in Münster before moving to Freiburg, where he completed his habilitation. From 1991 to 2016 he taught medieval history at Humboldt University. In 2017, he became the founding commissioner of the Institute for Islamic Theology at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, of which he was director from 2018-2021.