Projects that are supported by the Reykjavík Academy:


Icelandic Philology and National Culture 1780-1918

The international research project, Icelandic Philology and National Culture 1780-1918, funded by The Icelandic Research Fund, is based at the Reykjavik Academy. It was started in June 2014 and is scheduled to run for three years.
The purpose of this project is to investigate the work of Icelandic philologists who were engaged in the publishing of or writing on Old Icelandic texts/Old Norse literature during the period 1780-1918, concentrating on the nationalist thinking revealed therein. Emphasis will be placed on establishing the nationalist discourse of these scholars as a separate issue from the political discourse which accompanied the struggle for national independence. Their scholarly discourse will be examined as part of the international dis­cussion on the Icelandic/Norse cultural heritage and on national culture in general. One manifestation of this discussion was the split between Icelanders and other nations over the ʻownershipʼ of this heritage or specific parts of it. At the same time Icelandic scholars en­joyed extensive collaboration with their foreign colleagues, and this collaboration and its context will be the subject of particular attention. Finally, emphasis will be laid on an ex­ploration of the interrelation between the discourse of the Icelandic philologists and the reception of the Greco-Roman heritage. The research will provide valuable insight into the formation of Icelandersʼ identity in a period of ideological ferment, as well as have a gen­er­al significance within the field of cultural history.

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Other participants are Matthew J. Driscoll, Copenhagen, Gottskálk Jens­son, Copen­hagen, Jon Gunnar Jørgen­sen, Oslo, Annette Lassen, Copenhagen, Julia Zernack, Frankfurt am Main, Simon Halink, Groningen, and Hjalti Snær Ægisson, Reykjavík.


Iceland and Images of the North (ÍNOR)

The research project Iceland and Images of the North illuminates Iceland\\\'s role as an important part of the circumpolar world through the analysis of various representations of Iceland as part of the North, the function and use of such images in the present and their origins in the past. The project is a cooperative, interdisciplinary and international undertaking on the part of researchers in the humanities and social sciences

The INOR group is an interdisciplinary group of over twenty Icelandic and non-Icelandic participants who have in recent years conducted research on images of Iceland and the North in the present and past with the goal of analyzing the form which these images assume, their function and dynamics. This group includes representatives of most fields of the humanities and social sciences, in many instances individuals who are leading experts in their fields. The group has also brought about extensive collaboration with research groups and scholars involved in similar projects in neighbouring countries. It is funded mainly by the Icelandic Research Fund\\\\\\\'s Grant for Excellence, but also supported by the University of Québec à Montréal, Hólar University College and the Reykjavík Academy, where many of the participants are based. While participants will publish their research findings individually, the project\\\\\\\'s main results will be published in a collection of research papers with an extensive introduction and accompanying DVD.

The project leaders are Sumarliði R. Ísleifsson (The Reykjavík Academy) and Daniel Chartier (University of Québec à Montréal).


Center for Immigration Research at the Reykjavik AcademyMirra (Cirra)

CIRRA was founded the fall of 2006. As the name indicates CIRRA is a research center with a primary focus on immigration and international migration. In addition to research, information and data collection, CIRRA acts as a bridge/link between institutions in Iceland that serve immigrants and the research community. This is a very important relation and enables a collaboration both between the service institutes themselves as well as between them and the research community. An association of this kind is at the interests of everyone working within the field. CIRRA also co-operates on an international level with similar research institutes and universities.. CIRRA is an independent institution with its own steering committee.
CIRRA´s chair is Hallfríður Þórarinsdóttir Ph.D. (a.k.a Frida Thorarins)


 SVARTÁRKOT, Culture - Nature

The Svartárkot Centre for Research & Education was established in 2005 by The Reykjavik Academy, in partnership with the local community in Bardardal,

The center was inspired by the surroundings of a working sheep farm situated amid the stunning scenery of Iceland\\\\\\\'s northeast.Its unique location at the edge of the habitable world and the desolate interior is an ideal location to explore the fragile yet dynamic relationship between culture and nature.

Courses at Svartárkot come in three main types:

1) Think and Study at the Edge: A range of in-house courses for under-graduate, graduate and post grad students, offer a stimulating mix of study, field trips and activities, each course is designed to explore differing aspects of the culture-nature relationship in its many shapes and forms. All courses are fully accredited by the University of Akureyri (ECT credits).

2) Teach at the Edge: offers academics and educational institutions worldwide a ready-made opportunity to conduct courses of their own design, not only at Svartarkot but at many different locations in Iceland, utilizing the organizational expertise of the Centre\\\\\\\'s personnel.

3) Live and Learn:Various information seminars and lectures for academics who want to explore different aspects of the nature-culture relationship while vacationing in Iceland.These sessions provide an opportunity for scholars to meet colleagues from other institutions and disciplines and a way to exchange ideas in a unique setting.

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