Norway’s new Academy for Younger Researchers – and my 101st post

In August 2015 I received the exciting news that I was chosen as one of the 20 founding members of the new national Norwegian Akademiet for yngere forskere, or Academy for Younger Researchers. Considering the interview was much like an MLA interview but with 5 candidates, 3 interviewers, and in a language I just started learning last year, the offer was a pleasant surprise! The Academy is an interdisciplinary meeting place and research politics platform for young academics, and we will meet up regularly in various Norwegian cities to figure out how research can help society and what we can do to make that happen.

You can read a bit about me and the Academy here, in Norwegian. Then there are two interviews of me and the other University of Bergen member, Aslak Hjeltnes: one online article by UiB publicity; and one in the independent UiB news, På Høyden. (Copy and paste these all into Google translate to get the gist, or use Chrome’s built it webpage translation.)

Our first official meeting is later this week in Oslo. I am delighted to be a part, meet other young academics from around the nation, and be challenged to think about how the Middle Ages relates to them and the public – how literature can heal the world.

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