Robert Gramsch

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Robert Gramsch also Gramsch-Stehfest (* 1968 in Potsdam ) is a German Medievalist .

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After finishing school, Gramsch worked as a technical assistant at the Central Institute for Astrophysics in Potsdam. He then studied physics between 1989 and 1991. He volunteered for the student magazine Akrützel , the third editor-in-chief of which he was from 1991 to 1992. He then finished his physics studies and studied history and philosophy for a master's degree . He successfully completed this in 1997 at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena . In the following years he researched and worked on a scholarship from the German Historical Institute in Rome until 2001. In the following year he completed his doctorate on “Erfurt Jurists in the Late Middle Ages” under the supervision of Helmut G. Walther . Since 2001 he has been working at the Historical Institute of the FSU-Jena as a research assistant at the Chair of Medieval History. He represented them after his doctoral supervisor retired from 2009–2010. His habilitation thesis “The Empire as a Network of Princes. Political structures under the dual kingship of Frederick II and Henry (VII) 1225–1235 ”, he published in 2013. In 2015/16 he was the representative of the chair for the history of the late Middle Ages at the Ruhr University in Bochum . In the winter semester 2016/17 and in the summer semester 2017 he is the representative of the Chair for Medieval History at the University of Osnabrück , as the chair holder Thomas Vogtherr is exempt from teaching due to the research semester .

His doctoral thesis on Erfurt students was followed by numerous essays on medieval student history . With his habilitation thesis, Gramsch is expanding the social science network analysis that has been common in German media studies for two decades with explicitly mathematical analysis tools and methods. His research focus on elite networks in the High and Late Middle Ages is based on this approach. Linking up with elite research, university history is one of his fields of research. His habilitation thesis was awarded the Scientific Staufer Prize of the Stauferstiftung Göppingen in 2016.

Since his marriage he has had the double name Gramsch-Stehfest.



  • Erfurt Jurists in the Late Middle Ages - The career patterns and fields of activity of a learned elite of the 14th and 15th centuries (= Education and society in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Vol. 17). Brill, Leiden / Boston 2003, ISBN 90-04-13178-7 .
  • Erfurt - the oldest university in Germany. From general studies to university (= writings of the association for the history and antiquity of Erfurt. Vol. 9). Sutton, Erfurt 2012, ISBN 978-3-95400-062-3 .
  • The empire as a network of princes. Political structures under the dual kingship of Frederick II and Henry (VII) 1225–1235 (= Medieval Research. Vol. 40). Thorbecke, Ostfildern 2013, ISBN 978-3-7995-0790-5 ( online ).
  • Education, school and university in the Middle Ages. De Gruyter Oldenbourg, Berlin / Boston 2019, ISBN 978-3-11-045214-3 .


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  1. ^ Christian Hillen: Review of: Robert Gramsch: Das Reich als Netzwerk der Fürsten. Political structures under the dual kingship of Frederick II and Henry (VII) 1225–1235. In: H-Soz-Kult. July 10, 2013.
  2. University of Osnabrück , History Seminar, Middle Ages, Robert Gramsch-Stehfest , accessed on March 27, 2017.
  3. University of Osnabrück , press release no.240 / 2016, Historians of the University of Osnabrück awarded the Scientific Staufer Prize , from November 18, 2016, accessed on March 29, 2017.