Welcome / Vita

Franz-Josef Arlinghaus is professor of history with particular focus on high and late medieval history at Bielefeld University. His current research interests are urban history, history of literacy, history of rituals and performances, history of law, and history of individuality.


  • 2007 Habilitation at University of Kassel
  • 1997 Dissertation at University of Münster
  • 1991 Degree in history at University of Münster

Professional Career

  • Since October 2016: one-semester Fellowship at the research group link“Kinship and Politics: Rethinking a Conceptual Split and its Epistemic Implications in the Social Sciences” at the link“Center for Interdisciplinary Research”, Bielefeld.
  • October 2014-September 2015: two-semester Mercator-Fellow at Research Training Group 1919: link"Precaution, prevision, prediction: managing contingency" at the University of Duisburg-Essen
  • Since 2009 Full professor of history (with a focus on high and late medieval history), Bielefeld University
  • 2008-2009 Full professor history (with a focus on medieval and early modern history), University of Vechta
  • 2007-2008 Assistant professor for medieval history, Max-Planck-Institute for Legal History, Frankfurt a. M.
  • 2006-2007 Visiting professor at the Research Training Group (GK) 1049 Archives, power, knowledge. Organizing, controlling, and destroying stored knowledge from antiquity to the present, Department of History, Bielefeld University
  • 2005-2006 Lecturer at University of Braunschweig and Bielefeld University
  • 2001-2004 Research fellow in the DFG project The Development of Legal Proceedings in the Late-Medieval Town. A Comparison of Lubeck, Cologne, and Constance, University of Kassel
  • 2000 Lecturer at Universities of Kassel and Wuppertal

Administrative Experience and Additional Information

  • 2001-2006 Head of a DFG project to develop a CD-ROM on Literacy in the Middle Ages, German and English versions, Brepols 2003 and 2006
  • Deputy head of the project The process of literacy and its bearers in northern Italy, 11th-13th centuries, Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 231 Representatives, fields, and forms of pragmatic written record in the Middle Ages, University of Münster
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