Dr. Matthias Riedl

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Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung "Schicksal, Freiheit und Prognose. Bewältigungsstrategien in Ostasien und Europa"
Ulrich-Schalk-Str. 3a
91056 Erlangen

Home Institution: Department of History, Central European University, Budapest (Hungary)

IKGF Visiting Fellow January 2012 - June 2012

(Last change of profile by end of stay)

IKGF Research Project:

Apocalypsis – Exegesis – Prognosis: Prophetic Consultancy and Political Action in Early Modernity

Biographical Sketch

Matthias Riedl is an Associate Professor of the History Department of Central European University, Budapest, Director of the Religious Studies Program, and Chair of Comparative Religious Studies. He holds a PhD from University Erlangen-Nuremberg/Germany. From 2000 to 2006, he was co-organizer (with Tilo Schabert) of the interdisciplinary and intercivilizational Eranos Conferences and co-editor of the Eranos volumes. Before moving to CEU Budapest, he taught at University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, and Duke University, Durham/USA. His research interests focus on the history of Western Christianity, the relation between religion and politics, and political theology from the intercivilizational perspective. He is the author of a monograph on the 12th century apocalyptic writer Joachim of Fiore (2004) and ofvarious articles on the history of religious and political thought, as well as co-editor of volumes on Prophets and Prophecies (2005), Humans at War, at Peace with Nature (2006), Religions – The Religious Experience (2008), God or Gods? (2009), The Apocalyptic Complex (forthcoming), and Brill's Companion to Joachim of Fiore (forthcoming).


Selected Publications

Books and Editions

  • Matthias Ried, Joachim von Fiore - Denker der vollendeten Menschheit, Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2004.
  • Matthias Riedl/Julia Eva Wannenmacher (eds.): The Companion to Joachim of Fiore. Leiden: Brill (forthcoming 2012).
  • Nadia Al-Bagdadi/David Marno/Matthias Riedl (eds.): The Apocalyptic Complex. Budapest: CEU Press (forthcoming 2012).


  • Tilo Schabert/Matthias Riedl (eds.): Das Ordnen der Zeit. Eranos – Neue Folge Nr. 10. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2003.
  • Matthias Riedl/Tilo Schabert (eds.): Propheten und Prophezeiungen / Prophets and Prophecies. Eranos – Neue Folge Nr. 12. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2005. (Essays in English, French, German, Italian).
  • Matthias Riedl/Tilo Schabert (eds.): Religionen – Die religiöse Erfahrung / Religions - The Religious Experience. Eranos – Neue Folge Nr. 14. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2008. (Essays in English, French, German, Italian).
  • Tilo Schabert/Matthias Riedl (eds.): Gott oder Götter? / God or Gods? Eranos – Neue Folge Nr. 15. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2009. (Essays in English, French, German, Italian)



  • "Säkularisierung als Heilsgeschehen: Gianni Vattimos postmoderne Eschatologie." (Secularization and salvation: Gianni Vattimo's postmodern eschatology). In: Mathias Hildebrandt et al. (ed.): Säkularisierung und Resakralisierung in westlichen Gesellschaften. Ideengeschichtliche und theoretische Perspektiven. Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag, 2001, pp. 171-184.
  • "Avanguardia e Apocalisse: il regno spirituale negli scritti di Wassily Kandinsky.” (Avantgarde and Apocalypse: the spiritual realm in the writings of Wassily Kandinsky). In: Davar 2 (2005), pp. 46-63.
  • "Christian Mysticism.” In: Maryanne Cline Horowitz (editor in chief): New Dictionary of the History of Ideas. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2005, vol. 4, pp. 1546-1549.
  • "Eschatology.” In: Maryanne Cline Horowitz (editor in chief): New Dictionary of the History of Ideas. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2005, vol. 2, pp.708-710.
  • "Einleitung: Prophetie als interzivilisatorisches Phänomen.” (Introduction: Prophecy as an intercivilizational phenomenon). In: Eranos – Neue Folge, vol. 12 (2005), pp. 9-16.
  • "Gioacchino da Fiore padre della modernità. Le tesi di Eric Voegelin.” (Joachim of Fiore as father of modernity. The theses of Eric Voegelin). The In: Gian Luca Potestà (ed.): Gioacchino da Fiore nella cultura dell '800 e del '900. Atti del 6° Congresso internazionale di studi gioachimiti. Rome: Viella, 2005, pp. 219-236.
  • "Dante and the Politics of Universal Mankind." In: Petra Huse/Ingmar Dette (eds.) Abenteuer des Geistes - Dimensionen des Politischen. Festschrift für Walter Rotholz. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2008, pp.75-84.
  • "Einleitung: Religiöse Erfahrung als wissenschaftliches Problem." (Introduction: Religious experience as a research problem). In: Eranos – Neue Folge, vol. 14 (2008), pp. 9-14.
  • "Vera religio - Ein Schlüsselbegriff im politischen Denken des spätantiken Christentums." (Vera religio - A key concept in the political thought of late antique Christianity). In: Armin Adam/Manfred Brocker/Matthias Hildebrandt (eds.): Der Begriff der Religion. Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag, 2008, pp.33-57.
  • "Truth versus utility: The debate on civil religion in the Roman Empire of the 3rd and 4th century". In: John von Heyking/Ronald Weed (eds.): Civil Religion in Political Thought. Washington D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2010, pp.47-65.
  • "The Permanence of the Eschatological - Reflections on Gianni Vattimo's Hermeneutic Age”, in: Aakash Singh & Péter Losonczi (eds.): Discoursing the Post-secular: Essays on the Habermasian Post-Secular Turn, Berlin: LIT, 2010, pp. 111-126.
  • "Proleptic Existence - Anticipations of the Future in Politics, Religion, Music, and Art, in: International Political Anthropology 3/2 (2010), pp. 117-134.
  • "Joachim of Fiore as Political Thinker." In: Julia Wannenmacher (ed.): Joachim of Fiore and the Influence of Inspiration. Essays in Memory of Marjorie E. Reeves (1905 2003), Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011.
  • "The Secular Sphere in Western Theology - A Historical Reconsideration,” in Peter Losonczi, Mika Luoma-aho, Aakash Singh (eds.), The Future of Political Theology: Theological Perspectives, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011.
  • "Order,” in The Encyclopedia of Political Thought, ed. Michael T. Gibbons, Blackwell-Wiley (forthcoming).