Each Spring semester the Institute for Medieval Studies, in conjunction with UNM’s Department of English Language and Literature, sponsors a distinguished expert in Old Norse language and literature to teach a course in Viking Mythology (ENGL 347/MDVL 347). The 2015 Visiting Scholar in Medieval Scandinavian Studies is John Lindow, Professor of the Graduate School in the Department of Scandinavian at the Univeristy of California, Berkeley.
Besides teaching at Berkeley for many years, John Lindow has also served as a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Iceland and held research appointments at Aarhus University (Denmark) and the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (Uppsala). His research and teaching focus on medieval Scandinavian textual traditions (Old Norse literature and culture), especially as related to myth and religion, and on more recent folklore of the Nordic region, from Greenland to Karelia. Prof. Lindow has published extensively on these topics. His most recent book is Trolls: An Unnatural History (Reaktion Books, 2014). Among his other books are Comitatus, Individual and Honor: Studies in North Germanic Institutional Vocabulary (University of California Press, 1975), Swedish Legends and Folktales (University of California Press, 1977), Scandinavian Mythology: An Annotated Bibliography (Garland, 1988), Murder and Vengeance among the Gods: Baldr in Scandinavian Mythology (Academia Scientiarum Fennica, 1997), and Handbook of Norse Mythology (Oxford University Press, 2001). With Carl Lindahl and John McNamara, he is co-editor of Medieval Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Myths, Legends, Tales, Beliefs, and Customs (ABC-CLIO, 2000). He is currently at work on a major project, in collaboration with Nordic colleagues, to produce a multi-volume assessment of pre-Christian religion of the North.
The Institute for Medieval Studies welcomes Professor Lindow to the University of New Mexico for the Spring 2015 semester.
2014: Geoffrey R. Russom, Professor of English Emeritus, Brown University.
2013: Craig R. Davis, Professor of English, Smith College
2012: John S. McKinnell, Professor of English Emeritus, University of Durham, UK
2011: Rory McTurk, Professor of Icelandic Studies Emeritus, University of Leeds, UK
2010: Geoffrey R. Russom, Professor of English Emeritus, Brown University
2009: Paul L. Acker, Professor of English, Saint Louis University
2008: John S. McKinnell, Professor of English Emeritus, University of Durham, UK
2007: Marianne Kalinke, College of Arts and Sciences Professor and Trowbridge Chair in Literary Studies, University of Illinois
2006: Craig R. Davis, Professor of English, Smith College
2005: Russell Poole, Professor of English, University of Western Ontario, Canada
2004: Lars Lönnroth, Professor of Literature, University of Göteborg, Sweden