Medieval studies is an interdisciplinary field of research dedicated to the history, cultures, languages, literatures, thought, faith, and art of the Middle Ages.
Medieval Studies at the Faculty of Humanities
Medieval studies are conducted in the majority of academic departments at the Faculty of Humanities:
- Dept. of Archaeology, Conservation and History (IAKH) – European and Scandinavian medieval history, Viking Age archaeology, and the conservation of late medieval objects;
- Dept. of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies (ILN) – Norse philology, runology, and Celtic studies;
- Dept. of Philosophy, Classics, History of Arts and Ideas (IFIKK) – medieval art history, medieval Latin, medieval thought;
- Dept. of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages (ILOS) – medieval vernacular languages and literatures.
Medievalists at the Faculty of Humanities are not organised formally, but they regularly meet and collaborate in various academic tasks across departmental borders, especially in two fields:
- Scandinavian Middle Ages, the field that has been established through joint research initiatives of relevant faculty members at IAKH, ILN, and IFIKK, who are particularly interested in Scandinavian elites and various forms of their expression.
- Late Antique and Early Medieval Culture, the field that has been established through collaboration of researchers at IAKH and IFIKK, who are particularly interested in mentalities and material and visual aspects of late antique and early medieval culture. They co-organize regular seminar series on relevant topics and collaborate in other joint initiatives.
- After the Black Death: Painting and Polychrome Sculpture in Norway, 1350‒1550
- Archaeology of Dwelling: The Dynamics Between House and Society in Prehistoric Scandinavia
- The Nordic ‘Civil Wars’ in the High Middle Ages from a Cross-disciplinary and Comparative Perspective
- Between Runes and Manuscripts
- Myths about Language in the Middle Ages
- Medieval Bible: History and Holy Tidings