Wilhelm Heizmann

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Wilhelm Heizmann (born September 5, 1953 in Eggenfelden , Bavaria ) is a German runologist as well as a Scandinavian and Germanic medievalist .


Wilhelm Heizmann studied older German and Scandinavian language and literature of the Middle Ages, Germanic antiquity, ethnology, ancient and medieval history at the Ludwig-Maximilians University and at the University of Vienna from 1974 to 1981 . He completed these studies with a Magister Artium in Munich. From 1981 to 1982 he studied at the University of Oxford and the University of London . This was followed by a two-year research stay at the Arnamagnäan Institute of the University of Copenhagen with two stays of several months in Iceland , made possible by a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). 1983 to 1984 a doctoral scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation followed , and from 1984 to 1987 a position as a research assistant at the Scandinavian seminar at the University of Göttingen and a doctorate at the University of Munich for Dr. Phil.

From 1987 to 1993 Heizmann worked as a scientific assistant at the Scandinavian Seminar in Göttingen, where he completed his habilitation. From 1994 to 1998 he held the position of senior assistant at the Scandinavian seminar and was appointed to an unscheduled professorship in 1999. In Vienna he held a visiting professorship at the Institute for German Studies from the summer semester 2000 to the winter semester 2001.

From the 2001 summer semester to the 2002 summer semester, he was a substitute professor at the Institute for Nordic Philology in Munich. Since 2002 he has been Professor of Older Scandinavian Language and Literature at the Institute for Nordic Philology at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich and since December 2004 he has been an honorary professor at the University of Göttingen. Since March 2010, Heizmann has been the head of the Göttingen office of the project "Runic writing in the Germanic languages" of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences . Heizmann is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Brothers Grimm Society . Since 2009 he has been a corresponding member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences.

Heizmann teaches and researches in the areas of Germanic and Old Norse mythology and religious history, Germanic antiquity, Old Norse literature and runology, medieval medical and botanical specialist literature, late antique and medieval image tradition, Scandinavian country and travel descriptions, as well as scientific work by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm .

Publications (selection)

  • with Hans Reichstein: Rabenvögel. In: Reallexikon der Germanischen Altertumskunde. 2nd Edition. Volume 24 (2003), pp. 42-45.

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