Dr. Diarmuid O Riain

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Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung "Schicksal, Freiheit und Prognose. Bewältigungsstrategien in Ostasien und Europa"

IKGF Visiting Fellow March 2020 - July 2020

(Last change of profile by end of stay)

IKGF Research Project:

“Sancta prophetissa Ita”: the Life of the Irish saint Íde of Killeedy and the role of prognostication in medieval Irish hagiography

Curriculum Vitae

Diarmuid Ó Riain (PhD) studied law (BCL 2000) and archaeology (HDip 2002) at University College Cork before undertaking a doctorate in the School of Archaeology at University College Dublin (PhD 2009). His doctoral research concerned the history and architecture of the Irish Benedictine monasteries of medieval Germany (“Schottenklöster”). From 2013 to 2019 he was a researcher on the “Visions of Community” Special Research Programme (SFB) at the University of Vienna, where he worked on the “Hagiography and monastic networks” sub-project. He also taught medieval history at the university from 2016 to 2019. Before joining the IKGF in March 2020, he held a fellowship from the Gerda Henkel Foundation. Diarmuid’s research primarily concerns hagiographical texts and collections, manuscript transmission and Irish interactions with the continent of Europe in the medieval period.

Selected Publications

Books edited

Co-editor with Daniel Mahoney and Giorgia Vocino: Medieval biographical collections: perspectives from Buddhist, Christian and Islamic worlds. Leiden: Brill, in preparation.


‘Neue Erkenntnisse zur Entstehung und Überlieferung des Magnum Legendarium Austriacum’, in Mitteilungen des Instituts für österreichische Geschichtsforschung 128/1 (2020), 1–21.
‘Monachi peregrini: the mobile monks of the Irish Benedictine houses in medieval Germany and Austria’, in O. Delouis, M. Mossakowska-Gaubert and A. Peters-Custot (eds.), Les mobilités monastiques en Orient et en Occident de l’Antiquité Tardive au Moyen Âge, IVe–XVe siècle. Collection de l’École française de Rome 558 (Rome, 2019), 337–352.
‘The Schottenklöster and the legacy of the Irish sancti peregrini’, in W. Keller and D. Schlu¨ter (eds.), “A fantastic and abstruse Latinity”: Hiberno-Continental Cultural and Literary Interactions in the Middle Ages. Studien und Texte zur Keltologie 12 (Münster, 2017), 141–164.
‘The Schottenklöster in the world: Identity, independence and integration’, in E. Hovden, C. Lutter and W. Pohl (eds.), Meanings of Community across Medieval Eurasia: Comparative Approaches (Leiden, 2016), 388–416.
‘The Magnum Legendarium Austriacum: a new investigation of one of medieval Europe’s richest hagiographical collections’, in Analecta Bollandiana 133 (2015), 87–165.