Sieglinde Hartmann received her M.A. and Ph.D. at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Since 2003, she has been Honorary Professor of Medieval German Literature at the University of Wuerzburg, Germany.
As a Germanist she mainly focuses on medieval German literature, especially Oswald von Wolkenstein (ca. 1376/77-1445), a widely travelled knight, considered to be the most important German composer and poet of the Late Middle Ages. Since Wolkenstein’s work is closely connected with the culture of the other European countries of his time, in her studies Hartmann has developed a special comparative approach combining methods from the fields of history, intellectual history, and art history to enrich, e.g., her textual analysis. Thus Hartmann’s new approach opens up paths to a con-textual understanding of Wolkenstein’s genius within other cultural phenomena of the ‘Waning Middle Ages’.
Since 2002, Hartmann has been a Member of the Programming Committee of the International Medieval Congress organized every year by the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds, Great Britain. In that function Hartmann has considerably enlarged her historical framework, initiating interdisciplinary research on general topics such as the impact of the natural environment or myths on the Human Mind, thus covering the European culture of all periods and languages of the Middle Ages.
Sieglinde Hartmann has been visiting professor at the University of Graz (Austria), as well as lecturer at the Universities of Paris IV (Sorbonne - France), Mainz (Germany), Giessen (Germany), Kassel (Germany), Bamberg, and the J.W. Goethe-University in Frankfurt (Germany).
She is the author of Altersdichtung und Selbstdarstellung bei Oswald von Wolkenstein - Die Lieder Klein 1 bis 7 im spätmittelalterlichen Kontext, Göppingen, 1980 [=G.A.G. 288]. In addition to having edited several volumes of collected papers, she has published numerous articles on German, French, Spanish, and Italian literature of the Middle Ages.
Because of her deep involvement in research on Oswald von Wolkenstein, Sieglinde Hartmann is a founding member and the acting president of the Oswald von Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft, as well as editor-in-chief of the Jahrbuch der Oswald von Wolkenstein Gesellschaft.
Memberships in Scientific Organisations
President of the Oswald von Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft, Frankfurt am Main
President of the Board of the Fundacja dla wspierania nauki, Torun, Poland
Corresponding Member of the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Salzburg, Austria IZMS-Website
Member of the Programming Committee, International Medieval Congress, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds, Great Britain
Member of the Comitato Scientifico, ‘Studi Tergestini sul Medioevo’, Paola Schulze-Belli and Livia Zanmarchi de Savorgnani, editors, Trieste, Italy