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Medieval Research: Past, Present, and Future

Interdisciplinary research in the field of Medieval Studies at Stockholm University began in the 1960s, when seminars were held with participants from the fields of Archaeology, History, Art History, and Human Geography. In the beginning of the 1970s they were accompanied by representatives from language departments, primarily from Scandinavian languages and Latin. At this early stage, close cooperation was also established with different scholarly institutions in Stockholm: an extensive foundation of knowledge and competence has been and continues to be the National Archives of Sweden (Riksarkivet); the National Heritage Board (Riksantikvarieämbetet); the National Library of Sweden (Kungliga biblioteket); and the Swedish National Land Survey (Lantmäteriet). Today the Centre also works together with the National Maritime Museums (Statens maritima museer), the National Historical Museums (Statens historiska museer), and the Stockholm County Museum (Stockholms läns museum).

Today, advanced research takes place in several dozen subjects across Stockholm’s academic institutions. There are about 15 PhD students and more than 40 postdoctoral and senior researchers and teachers within the field of medieval studies. The variety of subjects is very broad. Projects may address vocabulary in medieval languages; ideolgies and political theories; the use of images and artefacts; the spoken language in fifteenth-century Stockholm; the analysis of archaeological artefacts and sites; perspectives on literary fiction; liturgical poetry; translations between different languages; theories about the nature of knowledge; ideological messages in chronicles; the relationship between the oral and written cultures; monastic discipline; jokes about the church; commissioners of art; the function of buildings; the compilation of manuscripts; as well as the resources of cultural landscapes and their use.


Contact information

Director: Professor Kurt Villads Jensen

Secretary: Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist

Centre for Medieval Studies
Department of History
Stockholm University
SE-106 91 Stockholm

Visiting address:

Södra huset, House D, floor 9
Department of History
Stockholm University

How to find us:

By metro (Tunnelbana): Red line towards Mörby centrum, station Universitetet.

By bus: buses nr 40, 70 and 540.

See the time tables at sl.se.

By car: Frescati campus, parking places at the south side of Södra huset.


Other information

Regulations and statutes
Protocols of the board meetings
Annual reports


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