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
- Conservation of late medieval objects
Dept. of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies (ILN)
- Norse philology
- 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.
- 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 Legacy of Birgitta of Sweden: Women, Politics, and Reform in Renaissance Italy
- Benedicamus: Musical and Poetic Creativity for A Unique Moment in the Western Christian Liturgy, c.1000-1500
- Modes of Modification
- Old Norse Poetry and the Development of Saga Literature
- Legitimization of the Elites in Medieval Poland and Norway
Two-year MA programme in Viking and Medieval Studies, offered in English at the Dept. of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies in collaboration with the Dept. of Archeology, Conservation, and History.
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.