Manfred Luchterhandt

Universität Göttingen (Germany)

Weinberg Fellow in Architectural History and Preservation

Emulation or conservation? Conflicts over the preservation of ancient church buildings in the society of early medieval Rome, 700–850

2023–2024: Spring

Manfred Luchterhandt studied art history, archaeology, literature and history in Würzburg, Padua, and Rome, where he completed his studies in 1997 as a scholarship holder of the Bibliotheca Hertziana with a dissertation on the Romanesque cathedral of Parma. In 1998 he received the Otto Hahn-Medal from the Max Planck-Society for this monograph. From 1997 to 2001 he worked as assistant professor at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome before moving to the University of Münster, where he received his Habilitation in 2007 with a study on papal court culture around 800. In 2011 he was appointed professor of medieval art history at the University of Göttingen with a special focus on the Mediterranean. His current research focuses on early medieval Rome in its cultural relations with Byzantium and the Middle East.

Manfred Luchterhandt has received numerous prizes, grants and fellowships (Rome, Erlangen, Dumbarton Oaks, Near East, etc.) and, in addition to his research and teaching activities, has participated in several international exhibitions and curated his own exhibitions. In 2017–2020 he served as Dean of the Philosophical Faculty and was a member of various university management committees. In 2023 he was elected Speaker of the Senate of the University of Göttingen.