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Sverrir Jakobsson (b. 1970)

Education
2005: Dr.phil. in History from the University of Iceland.
1994: MA in Medieval studies from the University of Leeds.
1993: BA in History from the University of Iceland; BA in Greek and Latin 2005.

Employment
2014: Professor in medieval history, University of Iceland.
2013-2014: Lecturer in medieval history, University of Iceland.
2010-2013: Adjunct lecturer in medieval and early history, University of Iceland.
2007–2010: Researcher at the School of Humanities. Project: Space and Power in Medieval Iceland.

Teaching
World history before 1815; History of Iceland before 1815; The Icelandic world view, Ancient Greece, Roman Empire, Byzantine history.

Research interests
Icelandic and West Scandinavian World View in the Middle Ages, Medieval Thought Systems and the History of Space.

Experience with graduate students
Has supervised eight MA students to completion of essay, and is currently supervising six doctoral students.

Other important information
A research stipend from the Selma and Kay Langvad fund at the University of Iceland in 2011 (to strengthen cultural relations between Iceland and Denmark).
A research grant for the project History of Breiðafjörður, 2011-2013.

Select bibliography (after 2015):

‘Saracen Sensibilities: Muslims and Otherness in Medieval Saga Literature’, Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 115:2 (2016), 213-238.

‘L’historiographie de l’Islande médiévale aux XIXe-XXe siècles : courants et contre-courants’, Revue d'histoire nordique, 19 (2016), 35-56.

‘The Early Kings of Norway, the Issue of Agnatic Succession and the Settlement of Iceland’, Viator. Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 47:3 (Autumn 2016), 171-88.

‘The Varangian Legend. Testimony from the Old Norse sources’, Byzantium and the Viking World (Studia Byzantina Upsaliensia, 16), ed. Fedir Androsjtsjuk, Jonathan Shepard & Monica White, Uppsala: Uppsala Universitet 2016, 345-62.

‘Emperors and Vassals: Scandinavian kings and the Byzantine emperor’, Byzantinische Zeitschrift 110:3 (2017), 1-24.

‘Iceland, Norway and the World: Ari Þorgilsson as a Narrator of Barbarian History’, Arkiv för nordisk filologi 132 (2017), 75-99.

‘Codex Reseniani. Sturla Þórðarson as an encyclopedic writer’, Sturla Þórðarson (1214-1284). Life and Legacy, ed. Jón Viðar Sigurðsson & Sverrir Jakobsson, Tournhout: Brill, 2017, 212-22.

‘Space’, Routledge Research Companion to the Medieval Icelandic Sagas, ed. Ármann Jakobsson & Sverrir Jakobsson, London & New York: Routledge, 2017, 175-86.