Professor Schiewer read history and German language and literature at the Freie Universität Berlin. He specialized in medieval sermon studies, and obtained a PhD in medieval German studies with a thesis on the “Schwarzwälder Predigten”, a sermon collection dating from the 13th century which was published in 1996.
Professor Schiewer was Keely Visiting Fellow of Wadham College at Oxford, he was Visiting Professor at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and commenced his work as Full Professor of Medieval German Language and Literature at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg in 2003. His positions at Freiburg University, prior to being elected Rector in 2008, included among others that of an Academic Dean of the Faculty of Philology and of Spokesperson of the doctoral research program “Realms of Learning and Life in the Middle Ages” and of the graduate school “European Cultures and Intercultural Interweaving”. He was voting member of the senate, Managing Director of the Freiburg Centre for Medieval Studies and Founding Director of Freiburg International Graduate Academy (IGA). He also acted as representative of the administrative board for the Excellence Initiative in 2006/7 and worked as Vice Rector for Academic Affairs in 2008.
Prof. Schiewer is Rector of the University of Freiburg.
Areas of Research Interest:
Beside his interest in monastic culture Professor Schiewer is also engaged in Anglo- and American-German research in German studies (cf. the Series “Transatlantic Studies”, published by V&R in Göttingen). He also publishes on late Arthurian romance and on concepts of courtliness in the Middle Ages and in Early Modern times.