Sif Ríkharðsdóttir is Professor and Chair of Comparative Literature and Head 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 Research Fellowship at St John's College, University of Oxford, 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 – Research project on the performance of emotion in Northern Europe and its relation to selfhood in the Middle Ages funded by the IRF (medievalemotion.hi.is).

Routledge Companion to Medieval English Literature in a Trans-European Context, 1100-1500 – Commissioned volume co-edited with Raluca Radulescu featuring a comprehensive English literary history from a trans-European perspective. The volume will contain over 40 chapters and range widely across Europe and beyond, including both theoretical approaches to medieval literature and an in-depth exploration of the complex global networks in the Middle Ages and the relevant social, political and economic contexts of literary production.

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).


St John's College, University of Oxford, UK
Visiting Research Fellow (spring 2020)

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