Medieval studies is an interdisciplinary field of research dedicated to the history, cultures, languages, literatures, thought, faith, and art of the Middle Ages.
The medieval church of St. Denis
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;
- Dept. of Musicology (IMV) – medieval music
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 three 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 cultural systems and the process of standardization in the Scandinavian Middle Ages.
- 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.
- European Medieval Culture, the field that has been established through the collaboration of researchers at IAKH, IFIKK, and IMV, who are interested in the culture of the Latin West in the Middle Ages.
Relevant research projects
- 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
- The Legacy of Birgitta of Sweden: Women, Politics, and Reform in Renaissance Italy
Two-year MA programme in Nordic Viking and Medieval Culture, offered in English at the Dept. of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies
Sophus Bugge Annual Lecture
The Sophus Bugge annual lecture is established through the collaboration of medievalists in ILN, IAKH, IFIKK, and the Norwegian School of Theology. The honor to present this annual lecture is given to leading international scholars in medieval studies.