Helmut Reimitz

Bio/Description

Helmut Reimitz is a historian of the late Antique and medieval Latin West. He holds a PhD from Vienna and a Masters in Advanced Historical Sciences from the Institut für Österreichisches Geschichtsforschung, one of the main centers for the study of Historische Hilfswissenschaften in Europe. His work incorporates a hermeneutical approach to codicology and book history in the Middle Ages, studying historical changes in the writing and rewriting of texts, and the arrangement and rearrangement of manuscripts. He has also employed this approach to study the formation and transformation of ethnic identities in the Frankish kingdoms (500 - 900 CE), the most successful and enduring successor kingdoms of the Western Roman Empire (History, Frankish Identity and the Framing of Western Ethnicity (2015).

Reimitz is currently the director of the Program in Medieval Studies at Princeton, and a member of various scholarly networks, such as the one involved in Histories in Transition: The Transformation of the Carolingian World. In this project, an international team of scholars studies the écriture and réécriture of histories from the ninth to the twelfth century to explore the formation of a cultural convergence that helped to hold together a Europe increasingly fragmented across political, ethnic, and linguistic lines after the dissolution of the Carolingian Empire. An important aim of this project is to integrate digital tools and techniques with the hermeneutical approach to paleography, codicology, and the study of manuscripts and books. Reimitz recently published two volumes on the history of historiography from the late ancient to the late Carolingian period: Historiography and Identity II: Post Roman Multiplicity and New Political Identities (2020) and Historiography and Identity III: Carolingian Approaches (2021).