Johan Georges P Bollaert

Doctoral Research Fellow - Medieval Studies
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Mobile phone +46737252604
Room 346
Visiting address Niels Henrik Abels vei 36 Henrik Wergelands hus 0313 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1102 Blindern 0317 Oslo
Other affiliations Faculty of Humanities (Student) Institutt for pedagogikk (Student)


  • Masterclass in the Summer school in Scandinavian Manuscript Studies, Københavns Universitet (2017)
  • Master in Swedish, Uppsala Universitet (2016)
  • Bachelor in Language and Linguistics: English-Swedish, Universiteit Gent (2014)

PhD Project

Roman alphabet epigraphy has long been neglected in Norway. In my project I bring the Roman Alphabet inscriptions into focus and compare them with contemporary medieval runic inscriptions, and manuscript texts order to determine their place within the different medieval writing cultures in Scandinavia. I am especially interested in the evolution of writing and carving habits regarding visuality. Epigraphy is an intrinsically visual means of communication and I investigate how the carvers made the most of it. Did runic and roman alphabetic carvers tackle the visual aspect differently? Were Roman alphabet carvers perhaps more inspired by manuscript culture? The visual aspects I investigate are interpunction, lay-out, ornamentation and abbreviation. Since the Roman alphabet inscriptions have received only limited attention, a large share of my time is spent on fieldwork, collecting inscriptions from all over Norway, so far over 200 inscriptions have been catalogued.

Academic interests

  • Scandinavian Languages
  • Historical Linguistics
  • Language Contact
  • Historical Sociolinguistics
  • Epigraphy
  • Runology
Tags: Old Norse Philology, Epigraphy, Runes, Middle Ages, Literacy, PhD candidate


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  • Bollaert, Johan Georges P (2022). Kors och tvärs: om interpunktion i Uppsalas runstenar. Exemplet U 942.
  • Bollaert, Johan Georges P (2022). Runic and Roman alphabet tombs in medieval Norway - exceptions in a digraphic society?
  • Bollaert, Johan Georges P (2021). Epigraphy and place: "Hamar-I".
  • Bollaert, Johan Georges P (2021). Visuality and literacy in medieval norwegian epigraphy.
  • Bollaert, Johan (2019). Unusual Interpunction: (a lack of) Literacy?
  • Bollaert, Johan (2019). Gravstenarnas placering, skriftens läsbarhet och minnet efter de döda - Två gravstenar från Hallvardskatedralen.
  • Bollaert, Johan (2019). Material directing form? - The design of public inscriptions on stone.
  • Bollaert, Johan (2019). Visuality and Literacy in Medieval Norwegian Epigraphy.
  • Bollaert, Johan (2019). literacitet och visualitet i norges medeltida inskrifter.
  • Bollaert, Johan (2019). Visible inscriptions in urban and rural Norway.
  • Bollaert, Johan (2018). HER:HVILIR or her:hvilir - Carving Traditions in Medieval Norway.
  • Bollaert, Johan (2018). Roman Alphabet Epigraphy in Medieval Scandinavia - A Writing Culture?
  • Kleivane, Elise & Bollaert, Johan (2018). <authority>Bokstavar mellom runer og manuskript</authority>.
  • Bollaert, Johan (2017). Roman alphabetical inscriptions – A writing culture in Scandinavia?
  • Bollaert, Johan Georges P; Kleivane, Elise & Blennow, Anna Holst (2022). Visuality and Literacy in the Medieval Epigraphy of Norway. Faculty of Humanities University of Oslo.

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Published Oct. 2, 2017 4:41 PM - Last modified Oct. 7, 2019 10:06 AM