I am Professor of Old Norse Philology (norrøn filologi) at the Arnamagnæan Institute, a research centre within the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics at the University of Copenhagen’s Faculty of Humanities.
From September 2016 to August 2017, I was also Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Ulster University, attached to the Irish and Celtic Studies Research Institute at Magee College in Derry.
Our aim was to create a common discourse between Scandinavian and Celtic studies, especially in the area of post-print manuscript culture. In particular, we wanted to increase staff and graduate students’ knowledge of Old Norse / Icelandic language and culture, and to further their understanding of current trends in textual criticism, and editorial skills.
I arrived in Derry at the end of August 2016 and left again exactly a year later. Apart from the Christmas holiday, and a few short trips abroad for conferences, I was in Northern Ireland for the whole year.
While at UU Magee I offered a course in Old Norse Language and Literature, and conducted separate seminars on Iceland’s medieval manuscripts and Post-medieval Icelandic manuscripts.
Over the course of the year I also held three lectures which were specifically billed as Leverhulme Lectures:
- Gaelic influence in medieval Iceland (3 November 2016, UU Magee).
- The legend of Tristan in saga, ballad and rhyme (2 March 2017, Aberystwyth University).
- The Icelandic rímur (10–11 March 2017, UU Magee, keynote lecture in the conference An Fhiannaíocht).
In addition, I was twice invited to the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, giving lectures on Manuscript culture in late pre-modern Iceland (2 December 2016) and Iceland’s medieval manuscripts (28 April 2017).