(1994); and, most recently, (1994). P r o f e s s o r O t t o G e r h a r d O e x l e s t u d i e d i n F r e i b u r g , C o l o g n e , a n d P o i t i e r s . in medieval studies at the University of After completing his
Münster, he served as a visiting professor at Tel Aviv University. He also held a position at the University of Hannover before he was appointed director of the Max Planck Institute for History in Göttingen. Professor Oexle has written extensively on medieval social history and medieval mentalities as well as on the perception of the Middle Ages in modern
times. Most recently, he has edited a book on
Another fascinating subject, ―Imagination, Ritual, Memory, Historiography. Conceptions of the Past in the Middle Ages,‖ will be the topic of a conference of German and American medievalists to be convened by Patrick Geary, Johannes Fried, and Gerd Althoff in Heidelberg in September 1996. The conference will be sponsored by the German Historical Institute. In September 1997, the Institute will also support a symposium on the history of medieval universities in Washington, D.C., organized by Professors Jürgen Miethke and William J. Courtenay. The stimulating presentations given by Professors Geary and Oexle on the occasion of the German Historical Institute's 1995 Annual Lecture are thus part of a sustained endeavor to renew interest in the German Middle Ages for the benefit of scholars and the interested public on both sides of the Atlantic.
Washington, D.C. July 1996