Gísli Sigurðsson

Research Professor
Department of Folkloristics
gisli.sigurdsson [at] arnastofnun.is
Work phone:
(+354) 525 4013


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Employment history: 

Gísli Sigurðsson (b. 1959) has studied at the University of Iceland, U.C.D. Ireland where he did an M.Phil. in Medieval Studies, and at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. He received a Dr. Phil. from the University of Iceland in 2002. Gísli has worked on Canadian-Icelandic (language and folklore), written a book on Gaelic Influence in Iceland (1988, 2nd ed. Univ. og Icel. Pr. 2000), published a complete annotated edition of the Eddaic Poems (Eddukvæði 1998; 2nd ed. 2014), a book on Orality and the Sagas, (Túlkun Íslendingasagna í ljósi munnlegrar hefðar: Tilgáta um aðferð (Stofnun Árna Magnússonar 2002), Engl. transl. by Nicholas Jones: Medieval Icelandic Saga and Oral Tradition; A Discourse on Method (Harvard Univ. Pr. 2004)), a book with Icelandic-Canadian/American settlement-lore (Sögur úr Vesturheimi 2012), a book on the sagas and their cultural role (Leiftur á horfinni öld 2013), in addition to a variety of articles, lectures and editions, focusing on the Vikings and the Vinland voyages
(Introduction and notes in The Vinland Sagas: The Icelandic Sagas about the First Documented Voyages across the North Atlantic. Penguin Books 2008), Eddas, Sagas and Icelandic folklore in Iceland and in Canada. He was the founder and one of three editors of Skáldskaparmál 1990-97, and editor of Gripla 2010-12. He was the curator (with Sigurjón Jóhannesson, scenograph) of Vikings and the New World, an exhibition in the Culture House in Reykjavik which opened in April 2000, and the curator (along with Steinþór Sigurðsson, scenograph) of an exhibition on the Icelandic Manuscripts which opened in the Culture House in October 2002. Gísli is now a Research Professor and Head of the Folklore Department at the Árni Magnússon Institute in Iceland where he has worked since 1990. He teaches in the Department of Folklore at the University of Iceland and was Professor II at the University of Stavanger in Norway 2008-11. Gísli has served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Manitoba in 1988 and at The University of California, Berkeley in 2009.

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