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Henrike Lähnemann

Henrike Lähnemann grew up in three medieval German towns that shaped her interest in medieval literature and religion: Münster, Lüneburg and Nürnberg. She studied German literature, History of Art and Theology at the Universität Bamberg, and After a PhD on late medieval didactic literature, Lähnemann worked at the Universität Tübingen, where she gained her Venia legendi in German Philology with a study of the Book of Judith in German medieval literature. She spent a year as a Feodor Lynen Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and a semester as Visiting Professor at the Universität Zürich. Between 2006 and 2014 she held the Chair of German Studies at Newcastle University, and was also Head of the German Section in Newcastle's School of Modern Languages. Since 2015 she holds the Chair of Medieval German Language and Literature at the University of Oxford.
Lähnemann's current research focuses on devotional writing from northern Germany, especially the manuscripts of the convent of Medingen. In 2010, the German Research Foundation nominated her for AcademiaNet, the database of profiles of leading women scientists; she also chaired Women in German Studies 2009-2015.

Series featuring Henrike Lähnemann

  • TORCH | The Oxford Research in the Humanities
  • The Bodleian Libraries (BODcasts)
  • Medieval German Studies
  • Reformation 2017
  • Recording the Reformation
  • St Edmund Hall Research Expo 2017: Teddy Talks
# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Banned Books: Hus and Luther in the Teddy Hall Library This talk focusses on a first edition of the collected works of Jan Hus, from the collection in St Edmund Hall’s Old Library, written in the fifteenth century but first printed in 1558 together with letters of recommendation from Martin Luther. Henrike Lähnemann 03 Apr 2017
2 A Tristan Tile in the Ashmolean Henrike Lähnemann (Professor of Medieval German Literature) delivers a talk as part of the Creative Multilingualism and TORCH Bitesize Talks at Linguamania, Ashmolean Museum. Henrike Lähnemann 21 Feb 2017
3 Concert at the Mariensee Convent with the Oxford Bach Soloists Concert at the Mariensee Convent with the Oxford Bach Soloists (A lecture-recital tracing the origins of Bach's Cantata 'Christ lag in Todesbanden' (BWV 4) at Mariensee Convent in Northern Germany. Henrike Lähnemann, The Oxford Bach Soloists, Alex Lloyd 05 Dec 2016
4 Creative Commons Early Modern German Literature 1: Das Juttenspiel Henrike Lähnemann on the Reformation publication of the ‘Juttenspiel’ Henrike Lähnemann 04 Mar 2016
5 Creative Commons Early Modern German Literature 2: Judith plays Henrike Lähnemann on the popularity of the Judith theme in Reformation drama Henrike Lähnemann 04 Mar 2016
6 Creative Commons Bible Translation in Germany From Old High German via Martin Luther to Bibel in gerechter Sprache. A whistle stop tour of German Bible translation Henrike Lähnemann, Howard Jones, Daniel Lloyd 03 Mar 2016
7 Creative Commons Masterclass Medingen Manuscripts: Abbess Bärbel Görcke (Mariensee): The Prayer-Book of Abbess Odilia Multiple presentations from the German Studies Staff Henrike Lähnemann, Abbess Bärbel Görcke 22 Feb 2016
8 Creative Commons Masterclass Medingen Manuscripts: Ulrike Hascher-Burger (Utrecht): Musical Notation Presentations about the Medingen Manuscripts Henrike Lähnemann, Ulrike Hascher-Burger 22 Feb 2016
9 Creative Commons Masterclass Medingen Manuscripts: Alan Coates (Oxford): The Incunable Traces Presentations about the Medingen Manuscripts Henrike Lähnemann, Alan Coates 22 Feb 2016
10 Creative Commons Masterclass Medingen Manuscripts: Nigel F. Palmer (Oxford): Cistercian Punctuation Presentations about the Medingen Manuscripts Henrike Lähnemann, Nigel Palmer 22 Feb 2016
11 Creative Commons Masterclass Medingen Manuscripts: Andrew Honey (Oxford): The Plaque in the Psalter and the Bindings Presentations about the Medingen Manuscripts Henrike Lähnemann, Andrew Honey 22 Feb 2016
12 Creative Commons Masterclass Medingen Manuscripts: Henrike Lähnemann (Oxford): Introduction Presentations about the Medingen Manuscripts Henrike Lähnemann 22 Feb 2016
13 Creative Commons Website Reformation: Launching the website by Charlotte Schwarzer Launch of the Reformation 2017 Website Henrike Lähnemann, Charlotte Schwarzer 22 Feb 2016
14 Creative Commons Website Reformation: The Reformation Music Project: Alex Lloyd, Tom Hammond-Davies, Harry Meehan Launch of the Reformation 2017 Website Henrike Lähnemann, Alex Lloyd, Tom Hammond-Davies, Harry Meehan 22 Feb 2016
15 Creative Commons Website Reformation: The Website: Emma Huber Launch of the Reformation 2017 Website Henrike Lähnemann, Emma Huber 22 Feb 2016
16 Creative Commons Website Reformation: Karlstadt pamphlets: Jennifer Bunselmeier Launch of the Reformation 2017 Website Henrike Lähnemann, Jennifer Bunselmeier 22 Feb 2016
17 Creative Commons Website Reformation: Lustgarten der Seelen: Klaus Meyer Launch of the Reformation 2017 Website Henrike Lähnemann, Klaus Meyer 22 Feb 2016
18 Creative Commons Website Reformation: Weissagung vom Papsttum: Kezia Fender Launch of the Reformation 2017 Website Henrike Lähnemann, Kezia Fender 22 Feb 2016
19 Creative Commons Website Reformation: Hans Sachs’ Dialogue: Charlotte Hartmann Launch of the Reformation 2017 Website Henrike Lähnemann, Charlotte Hartmann 22 Feb 2016
20 Creative Commons Website Reformation: De captivitate babylonica: Lucas Eigel Launch of the Reformation 2017 Website Henrike Lähnemann, Lucas Eigel 22 Feb 2016
21 Creative Commons Website Reformation: Sendbrief vom Dolmetschen: Howard Jones Launch of the Reformation 2017 Website Henrike Lähnemann, Howard Jones 22 Feb 2016
22 Creative Commons Website Reformation: Passional Christi & Antichristi: Ed Wareham Launch of the Reformation 2017 Website Henrike Lähnemann, Edward Wareham 22 Feb 2016
23 Creative Commons Website Reformation: Introduction by Henrike Lähnemann Launch of the Reformation 2017 Website Henrike Lähnemann 19 Feb 2016
24 Creative Commons The Future of German Studies Round Table on the occasion of the Inaugural Lecture of Henrike Lähnemann Hans-Jochen Schiewer, Wilhelm Krull, Dorothea Rüland, Katrin Kohl 19 Feb 2016
25 Creative Commons The Materiality of Medieval Manuscripts Henrike Lähnemann’s Inaugural Lecture for the Chair in German Medieval Literature and Linguistics. Henrike Lähnemann, Richard Ovenden, Sally Mapstone, kristin püttmann 15 Feb 2016
26 Masterclass: Medingen Manuscripts - Introduction Introduction to the Masterclass by Professor Henrike Lähnemann, Chair of Medieval German Literature and Linguistics, University of Oxford. Henrike Lähnemann 04 Feb 2016
27 Crossing Boundaries: Medievalists in Cross-Disciplinary Conversation Launch event for the TORCH programme Oxford Medieval Studies Emma Dillon, Henrike Lähnemann, David Wallace, Chris Wickham 13 Jan 2016