Johannes Gießauf was born in Graz in 1968 and passed the higher education entrance qualification at the Pestalozzi secondary school in 1986. Eventually, he decided to study history and a combination of subjects (ancient history, archaeology, ancient oriental studies and classical philology), initially graduating from the University of Graz as Mag. phil. in 1994, and after completing his military service, earning his doctorate at the University of Graz in 2000. In addition, he has been an academic staff member of the Institute of History with a focus on the Middle Ages since 1990, first as a teaching assistant and later as a contract assistant professor. While working at the University of Graz, he also completed the 61st training course (1995-1998) of the Institute of Austrian Historical Research at the University of Vienna, earning the academic degree of Master of Advanced Studies (Historical and Archival Science, MAS) and becoming a Member of the Institute of Austrian Historical Research. From 2001 until recently, he campaigned against the university reform started under the ÖVP-FPÖ coalition government as a faculty representative, member of the senate or member of the works council, among other positions. Currently, he is an assistant professor at the University of Graz at the Institute of History. He is also spokesperson for the academic staff of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, member of the Faculty's personnel development advisory board, member of the curriculum committee for Ancient History and Classical Antiquities and for the joint master's degree German Medieval Studies and deputy chairperson of the Faculty's mediation advisory board. Furthermore, he is a member of the Historische Landeskommission für Steiermark (Historical State Commission for Styria), board member of the Center for Military Studies and captain of the faculty’s football team.
Main research areas: Cultural encounters between Europe and Asia in the Middle Ages; history of the Mongol Empire; horsepeople; cultural history; history of Christianity; Styrian history; medieval martial arts.
Editor of the journal “Informationen für Geschichtslehrer zur postuniversitären Fortbildung” (Information for history teachers on post-university training; together with Peter Mauritsch and Bernhard Weninger); editor of Grazer Morgenländischen Studien (Graz Oriental Studies; together with Hannes D. Galter)
Johannes GießaufInstitute of History
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