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Tenure Track-Prof. Dr. Eva von Contzen

This semester, the MAZ runs a lecture series on “Critical Medievalism” – see the programme here.

Deputy Equal Opportunity Officer, Fakultät für Philologie


R 4206 | KG IV




2017 – 2022
Lists in Literature and Culture: Towards a Listology (LISTLIT)

ERC Starting Grant

Antragstellerin Graduate Research School (GRK) 1767 “Factual and Fictional Narration”,
University of Freiburg

2014 – 2017
Medieval Narratology
Scientific network, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG-Netzwerk)


I am co-editor of the journal New Chaucer Studies: Pedagogy and Profession, an open-access and peer-reviewed journal devoted to our work inside both the classroom and the institution, as well as to our outward-facing work contributing to the public discourse. In these ways, the journal seeks to advance a broad and embracing conception of medieval literary studies.

Also, I am a member of the following advisory boards:

Journal Beiträge für mediävistische Erzählforschung (BmE)

Project Retracing Connections: Byzantine Storyworlds

Blog Diegesis in Mind

I am currently member of two scientific networks (funded by the German Research Foundation):
Diachronic Metalepsis
New Economic Criticism

Together with Amanda Gerber and Martha Rust, I run a blog devoted to lists:


Since 10/2017 Junior Professor (Tenure-Track Professor)
English Department | University of Freiburg
Chair: Prof. Dr. Monika Fludernik
(successful interim evaluation: 2020)

2022 Offer of the University of Bochum (Professorship of Medieval English Literature and Culture) declined;
offer of the University of Freiburg accepted

2021 Offer of the University of Toronto (Professorship of Late Medieval English Literature) declined;
offer of the University of Freiburg accepted

10/2015 – 09/2017    
Assistant Professor
English Department | University of Freiburg
Chair: Prof. Dr. Monika Fludernik

03/2012 – 09/2015 
Assistant Professor
Ruhr-University Bochum
Chair: Prof. Dr. L. A. J. R. Houwen

04/2009 – 08/2012  Research Assistant
Collaborative research project: Marco Girolamo Vida's Christiad
(critical edition and commentary; funded by the DFG)
Department of Classical Philology | Ruhr University Bochum
Chair: Prof. Dr. Reinhold Glei


12/2012            Ph.D. (summa cum laude)
Thesis title: “Of Sinners and Saints. Towards a Pragma-Narratological Approach to the Scottish Legendary”

2006 – 2007       Visiting Student
National University of Ireland, Maynooth

2004 – 2009 

B.A. and M.A. English and Classics
Ruhr-University Bochum



Fellowship at Einstein Center Chronoi, Berlin

Since 04/2020

Member of the “Junges Kolleg” of the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz (The Academy of Science and Literature, Mainz)  

02/2018 –04/2018   
Visiting Professor, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto

Since 2016              

Elected member of the Young Academy of Europe (Academia Europeana)

Since 2016 Elected member of IAUPE (International Association of University Professors of English)

2016 Postdoctoral Feodor Lynen-Stipend, 12 months-stay at the University of St Andrews (declined due to the funding received from the ERC in the same year)

2016 Winner of the Phelan Prize for the Best Essay in Narrative for “Why Medieval Literature Does Not Need the Concept of Social Minds”

2015 – 2016 Member of the Intercontinental Academia (University-Based Institutes for Advanced Studies); exchanges to Sao Paolo and Nagoya

2015–2016             Member of the “Junges Kolleg” of the Nordrheinwestfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und Künste (North Rhine Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts)

2014–2016 Stipend of the FAST TRACK programme (Excellence and Leadership Skills for Outstanding Women in Science), Robert Bosch Stiftung

2013–2014 External Junior Fellowship, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)


09/2023  Co-Organizer (with Katharina Philipowski, Medieval German Studies/Potsdam), Conference Transtextuelle Figuren in antiken und mittelalterlichen Literaturen (funded by the Thyssen Stiftung)

07/2019  Co-Organizer, International conference Enumeration, Epistemology, Etcetera: Lists and List-Making in Literature and Culture, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)


Co-Organizer (with Eva Eßlinger, German Studies/Munich), Ein Ende setzen: Zum Zusammenhang von Schluss- und Konfliktmodellierungen Kulturwissenschaftliches Kolleg Konstanz