Rudolf Simek

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Rudolf Simek (born February 21, 1954 in Eisenstadt ) is an Austrian philologist , Scandinavian and Germanic Medievalist .

Life and career

From 1972 to 1976 Simek studied German , philosophy and Catholic theology . In 1976 he worked for a short time as a teacher at a secondary school before he took up his first teaching post at a university at the University of Edinburgh , which he carried out until 1979. After completing his doctorate in 1980 and his master's degree in theology in Vienna in 1981 , where he completed his habilitation in 1990 , Simek headed the specialist library of the German Institute there until 1995 and worked as a lecturer from 1981 to 1989 . He held the position of lecturer until 1995. From 1990 to 1995 Simek also held a professorship for German studies at the Catholic University of Heiligenkreuz .

Since 1995 he has been a professor and chair holder for older German studies including Nordic at the University of Bonn . In 1999 he received a professorship in comparative religion at the University of Tromsø , and in 2000 at the University of Sydney for Old Norse Studies. In addition to these full professorships, there are numerous visiting professorships and teaching positions at European and non-European universities. He had long research stays at the universities of Reykjavík , Copenhagen , London , Oxford and Sydney. From 2000 to 2003, Simek was chairman of the International Saga Society.

In his capacity as a specialist, in particular on the topics of Vikings , Germanic mythology , Scandinavian studies and the Middle Ages, Simek took part in various TV documentaries, including a. for arte , WDR and in the Terra X series ( ZDF ). Most recently in 2016 he led the multi-part series Our Alps on ServusTV , in which the history of the people in the Alps is viewed from a historical and cultural-historical perspective.

Simek is the direct template for the character of "Professor Weissinger" in Tommy Krappweis ' romantic trilogy Mara and the Fire Bringer , for which he also acted as a scientific advisor and wrote the accompanying glossary. In addition, he played the role of teacher Haase in the 2015 film adaptation of the same name . The lecture program Fantasy & Wissenschaft developed from the long-term collaboration with Krappweis , with which Krappweis and Simek appear at conventions and literary events and talk about their collaboration, Nordic mythology and fantasy .

Scientific contribution

Simek researches and teaches Germanic mythology and religions , the medieval languages ​​and cultures of Scandinavia , the Renaissance of the 12th century and its literature, the religious, mystical and visionary texts of the High Middle Ages , the vernacular scientific texts of the Middle Ages with a special focus on the natural sciences , to late medieval travel and autobiographical literature as well as to literature in the geographical fringes of the (today's) German-speaking area. Simek has made numerous contributions to the Real Lexicon of Germanic Archeology and the Lexicon of the Middle Ages . He is the editor of the Medieval series Studia Medievalia Septentrionalia .

Simek also dealt with cultural studies research on late medieval astronomy, especially Johannes von Gmunden , at the time of the Vikings and the medieval depiction of monsters and demons.

In 2013 Simek received an honorary doctorate from the University of Rzeszów .

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Web links

Commons : Rudolf Simek  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Rudolf Simek: Publications: Scientific contributions to film and television programs. University of Bonn. Scandinavian Languages ​​and Literatures Department, accessed February 11, 2019 .
  2. ^ Website for the film
  3. Fantasy & Science. BuchmesseCon, 2017, accessed on March 3, 2019 .
  4. ^ Studia Medievalia Septentrionalia. on