Sita Steckel received her doctorate in Medieval history in 2006 from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich. Her dissertation dealt with the networks and authority of scholars before the universities, when their role and importance was defined by religious rather than just learned expertise (published as Kulturen des Lehrens im Früh- und Hochmittelalter). She continues to be interested in the role of scholars in the Middle Ages and in medieval scholarly networks.
Currently, she is engaged in a study of the clashes between the secular clergy and the Franciscan and Dominican orders in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century France, not least in the social microcosm of the medieval university of Paris. Perspectives and questions connected to this research project concern the role of conflicts as catalysts for long-term developments and the role of intra-ecclesiastical religious polemics for the shaping of religious identities. Another research interest which arose over the course of the last ten years is the modern historiography of medieval religion, with its conflicting master narratives of secularization and religious radicalization in the Western Middle Ages.
Sita Steckel is currently a Dilthey Fellow of the Volkswagen Foundation.
She teaches at Muenster as a Junior professor for the history of the European high and late Middle Ages and is associated at the University of Oslo for 2016-2018.
Membership in research networks
Exzellenzcluster 212 Religion and Politics in Pre-Modern and Modern Cultures, WWU Münster