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Foto: Luigi Caputo

Chess - a game for isolation

Social Approaching

Photo: Martin Heider

CfP Conference - Potentials of New Approaches in Research
on Image & Text in the Premodern Era

Transmedial - Digital?

New Date - Framing-Deframing-Reframing

Ways, mechanisms and strategies of cultural adoption
in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Times
International Conference in Krems, September 15-17, 2021

The IMAREAL library will remain closed until further notice.

Library is closed

Volume 1 of the Series formate -

Forschungen zur materiellen Kultur

Out now:

Object links - Dinge in Beziehung


Get to know our staff

We get to the

bottom of things!

Our Research Approaches

In our research projects, we engage in interdisciplinary discussions about the objects. We take a perspective that allows us to look at things in different ways: The research perspective does not describe what is looked at, but the direction in which we look at research objects.

Object Links

The Object Links research approach does not analyse the objects themselves, but the links between the objects and between objects and people. read more


The Materialities research approach addresses material culture with an increased focus on materials as matter from which artefacts are made. read more

Digital Humanities

At the IMAREAL, we use the potentials of digitisation for research and teaching in cultural studies. read more

Focus on Things

As a cultural studies research institute we focus on subjects of material culture addressing the manifold interactions between people and the material world in a historical perspective (12th to 17th century).

Grasping the Meaning of Things

Grasping the Meaning of Things

We focus on things, their contexts, and the practices in which they participate.

Seizing Materiality

Seizing Materiality

Dealing with materials reveals their properties. We study the knowledge about materials that was stored by choosing, symbolising and working on them.

Practising Interdisciplinarity

Practising Interdisciplinarity

Our research involves many disciplines connecting the different perspectives and methods from archaeology, German studies, historical science and art history.

Our Research Projects

Religious Wearables


Monastic Estates

in the Wachau Region


Furniture on visual media

of the Middle Ages

Administering Sanctity

Breadcrumbs for the Poor?

From house to farmyard

Domesticated space

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