Sif Ríkharðsdóttir is Professor and Chair of Comparative Literature and Vice-Chair of the Institute of Research in Literature and Visual Arts. She has held a post at the University of Iceland since 2012 and has held several honorary fellowships, including a Visiting Fellowship at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge in 2011 and a Visiting Professorship at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in the fall of 2018. She was the President of the Nordic Branch of the International Arthurian Society 2016-2018. Her research is focused on cross-cultural and comparative studies of medieval literature, emotion theory, particularly literary emotionality, translation studies, voice and gender.

Emotion and the Medieval Self in Northern Europe – International research project on the performance of emotion across Northern Europe and its relation to selfhood or a sense of self in the Middle Ages funded by the IRF (medievalemotion.hi.is).

Companion to Old Norse Literary Genre – Commissioned collection of essays on Old Norse genre co-edited with Carolyne Larrington and Massimiliano Bampi to be published in the series Studies in Old Norse Literature with Boydell & Brewer.

Charlemagne in the Norse and Celtic Worlds – Collaboration with Helen Fulton on a volume on the legend of Charlemagne within the Celtic and Norse linguistic realm.  The edition forms part of an international research project on 'Charlemagne: A European Icon' led by Marianne Ailes and funded by the Leverhulme Trust (see project website).


Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy
Visiting Professor (2018)

University of Edinburgh, UK
Northern Scholars Lecturer 2016 (see here)

University of Bristol, UK
Visiting Fellow, The Institute for Advanced Studies and The Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts (Oct 2015)

The Icelandic Research Fund (The Icelandic Centre for Research)
Project Leader for Research Project 'Voice and Emotion in Medieval Literature' (2013-2016)

University of Cambridge, UK
Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall and Honourary Research Associate in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic (2011)

Institute of Historical Research, University of London, UK
Mellon Fellowship for Research in original sources in the Humanities (2005)