Julian Konrad

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Julian Konrad, born in Vienna, studied German Philology (BA & MA, University of Vienna) and wrote his first master's thesis on a late medieval German manuscript of a travelogue by Konrad Steckel with the attempt of a critical edition (Klosterneuburg Cod. 1065). The second master's degree at the institute of Austrian Historical Research (MA) at the University of Vienna on a manuscript of the city bill of Vienna 1426 (Die Kammeramtsrechnung der Stadt Wien. Edition – Kommentar). Besides his studies he attempted internships in Stift Klosterneuburg, Literaturhaus Wien and at the Provincial Archives of Burgenland and gathered experiences in editing and typesetting. In March 2022 he commenced his doctoral research on confraternities in Vienna in the early 16th century and their networks.

Research interests: Late medieval and early modern confraternities, History of Towns and Spaces (Stadtgeschichte und Raumgeschichte der Frühen Neuzeit), Historical Network Research, Manuscript Studies, medieval linguistics

Current research project: Soziales Kapital und Laienfrömmigkeit. Die Wiener Gottsleichnamsbruderschaft als städtischer Akteur.

In the first two decades of the 16th century, the public religious and social life in Vienna was particularly shaped by the – male and female – members of the Fronleichnams-Confraternity (Gottsleichnamsbruderschaft) founded in 1347 near St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stephansdom). It is considered to be one of the oldest as well as the largest and most influential brotherhood in Vienna – it dedicated itself to the veneration and promotion of the Eucharist. After the Fronleichnams-Confraternity had reached a low point at the turn of the 16th century, it was renewed in 1504. With the renewal, not only the annual holding and organization of the important Viennese Passion Play was one of the tasks of the brotherhood, but also the creation of the brotherhood book (Bruderschaftsbuch). The previously unedited manuscript in the Vienna diocesan archive (DAW) was created around 1509 by Matthäus Heuperger and Wilhelm Rollinger and ends in 1530. The main part consists of an alphabetical list of over 1,900 members, including well-known names such as Emperor Friedrich III., Maximilian I., Martin Siebenbürger, Johannes Cuspinian, Johannes Fuchsmagen, Bishop Johannes Revellis and many others. In recent years research into confraternities has been particularly active and extensive but only a few regional studies are currently available for Austria, except for Carinthia and Vienna, where preliminary studies have not led to any concrete or major involvement. In addition to the question about the structure of the membership of the Fronleichnams-Confraternity and its development, the research guiding this thesis is the role of the elites, their social capital and their networks and their significance for the history of denomination, space, theater and the city.