Centre for Medieval Studies

The Centre for Medieval Studies at Stockholm University encourages interdisciplinary research and supports the integration of a range of perspectives, methods and theories across several academic disciplines. Research is focused mainly on medieval Europe, from late Antiquity to the early Renaissance, but other cultural regions are also considered within the given time framework.

The Centre for Medieval Studies at Stockholm University functions as an umbrella organization for a variety of disciplines, including Archaeology, Art History, Economic History, History, History of Religions, Human Geography, Literature, Music, Numismatics, Philosophy, Physical Geography, Theatre, and Quaternary Geology; as well as a range of language departments, representing French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, and Scandinavian Languages.

Events organised by the Centre include seminars, workshops, conferences and excursions led by researchers from Scandinavia and other countries; activities are planned and developed by individual researchers as well as by groups of researchers working in co-operation, and new events are constantly under development.

The Centre for Medieval Studies co-operates with many institutions both within and outside of Sweden to plan and implement new research, and to provide courses with medieval themes. The Centre provides a 120-ECTS Master programme in Medieval Studies.

The director of the Centre is Professor Kurt Villads Jensen, and secretary Dr. Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist.

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News and events

  • Medieval Seminar

The Medieval Seminar on Monday 29 May 2017 is cancelled.

  • Birgitta Prize 2017

This year's recipient of the Birgitta Prize is art historian Professor Jan Svanberg, who is also associated with the Centre for Medieval Studies. He gets the prize for his research on St. Bridget of Sweden. Among his many works on the saint is the Imagines Sanctae Birgittae (2003), published together with Hans Aili, which examines the construction and dissemination of the image of St. Bridget in manuscripts produced in Naples in the 1370s. In addition to this great work, Professor Svanberg has addressed special problems in the research of St. Birgitta in a series of articles and papers. Svanberg's merits also include his ability to convey knowledge to non-specialists. Svanberg has been Professor in Oslo and his alma mater, Stockholm University. The Birgitta Prize is awarded annually by the non-profit association Birgittastiftelsen.The prize comprises 20,000 SEK and a silver medal of St. Bridget made by sculptor Ernst Nordin. The award ceremony took place in Vadstena on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

  • New book on the Sture dynasty

Dr. Bo Eriksson, Department of History, has published a new book on the Sture dynasty titled Stureätten: Sturarna. Makten, morden, missdåden (Norstedts, 2017).

  • New book on the Crusades

Professor Kurt Villads Jensen's new book Korstågen: Européer i heligt krig under 500 år (Stockholm: Dialogos, 2017) has been published.