Sigbjørn Olsen Sønnesyn
Sigbjørn Olsen Sønnesyn is a scholar of medieval intellectual and religious culture, with a particular focus on the Latin-dominated cultural spheres in the regions between the North Sea and the Mediterranean. He received his PhD in medieval history from the University of Bergen in 2007. He then held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Medieval Studies at Bergen, with subsequent positions at the University of Copenhagen and Durham University before starting at Oslo in 2021.
Sønnesyn’s research work explores areas of contact between history and other relevant disciplines. He has extensive experience of interdisciplinary collaboration, for example as a core member of The Ordered Universe Project based at the universities of Oxford and Durham. At UiO, Sønnesyn is part of the research project BENEDICAMUS led by Professor Catherine Bradley. His research within this project includes critical editions and translations of medieval texts relevant to the project, and a project exploring the theological and philosophical underpinnings of medieval liturgical music and liturgical practice.
Sønnesyn has published widely both within the discipline of history and in interdisciplinary publications, ranging from his first book on monastic teaching of ethics in the twelfth century, to critical editions and translations of medieval Latin texts, to collaborations with natural scientists in editing and commenting on the scientific works of Robert Grosseteste. In addition to the planned outcomes from the BENEDICAMUS project he is also a co-editor of the series The Scientific Works of Robert Grosseteste published by Oxford University Press.