The Sixth Jarl Gallén Prize is awarded to Professor Stephen Mitchell of Harvard University

The Jarl Gallén Prize is awarded once every three years to a medievalist whose research is focused on Northern Europe. The prize was created by the Thure Gallén Foundation in 2003 in memory of Jarl Gallén (1908–1990), Professor of History at the University of Helsinki. The previous winners are Sverre Bagge, Monika Hedlund, Anders Andrén, Lars Boje Mortensen, and Lena Liepe.

Prof. Stephen Mitchell of Harvard University is an eminent authority on Scandinavian culture and life in the Middle Ages. He has published on a variety of subjects, ranging from sagas to witchcraft and from medieval folklore to female experience in the seventeenth century. Prof. Mitchell’s scholarly attainment has met with prestigious awards such as the Dag Strömbäck Prize of the Royal Gustav Adolf Academy, an honorary doctorate of the University of Aarhus, and now the Jarl Gallén Prize.

The Jarl Gallén Prize will be bestowed on Professor Stephen Mitchel in the Great Hall of the Finnish Literature Society, Hallituskatu 1, at 13:00 on Tuesday 5 November 2019. Prof. Kaarle Hämeri, Chancellor of the University of Helsinki, will present the prize. Prof. Mitchell will deliver a lecture entitled “Magic and Memory in the Medieval North”, which will be followed by a seminar with four speakers on subjects pertinent to his research.

The Jarl Gallén Prize Seminar

5.11.2019, 13:00-17:00
The Great Hall of the Finnish Literature Society (Hallituskatu 1, Helsinki)

13:00 Opening words
Dr. Tuomas M. S. Lehtonen (Secretary General, the Finnish Literature Society)

The Jarl Gallén Prize ceremony
Prof. Stephen Mitchell is introduced by prof. Peter Stadius (Chair, the Jarl Gallén Prize Committee) and the prize is presented by prof. Kaarle Hämeri (Chancellor of the University of Helsinki)

13:20 Prize lecture
Prof. Stephen Mitchell (Harvard University): “Magic and Memory in the Medieval North”
Comment: Dr. Kirsi Kanerva (Chair, Glossa: the Society for Medieval Studies in Finland)


14:30 Paper session
Chair: prof. Anu Lahtinen (University of Helsinki)

1) Marko Lamberg (Tampere University): ”Traces of Medieval Magic in Early Modern Urban Culture: The Case of Stockholm in the Seventeenth Century”

2) Kati Kallio (Finnish Literature Society / University of Helsinki): ”Long Continuums of Vernacular Belief in Finnish 17th-century Charms”

3) Frog (University of Helsinki): ”Narrating Magic of the ’Other’ in the North: Memory, Tradition, Cultural Transposition and Meaning Construction”

4) Ilya Sverdlov (University of Helsinki): ”Word oþer fand, sōðe gebunden, or, (Old) Iceland(ic) is Your (Proust’s) Cup of Tea: Compound Noun Morphology in an Environment Where Everybody Remembers Everything”

16:15 Reception

The seminar is organized by the Centre for Nordic Studies (CENS) at the University of Helsinki and ja Glossa ry. with the support of Thure Galléns Stiftelse. 

Check event page The Jarl Gallén Prize Seminar and Facebook event for more information.