Stefan Drechsler

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Forskning

The principal academic work of Stefan Drechsler includes researching textual and codicological compilation strategies in Scandinavian law manuscripts, legal iconography in medieval European book painting, and social network analysis data related to vernacular law texts. Furthermore, he has worked on personal networks related to the making and use of manuscripts produced throughout the Scandinavian Middle Ages. He is particularly interested in the literary and artistic exchange between western Scandinavian societies and other parts of Europe during the High Middle Ages.

In the past years, Stefan Drechsler has published a scientific monograph, articles in journals such as Gripla, Opuscula (Bibliotheca Arnamagnæana), Viking and Medieval Scandinavia, Das Mittelalter, Open Cultural Studies and Collegium Medievale, as well as book chapters in law culture-themed anthologies. In his publications, he has shown that interdisciplinary research into vernacular manuscripts from medieval Scandinavia can provide new and important information on the exchange of cultural goods, as well as secular and ecclesiastical networks in the North Atlantic region in the Middle Ages. His monograph examines not only one but several medieval cultures in relation to similar domestic artistic monuments and relevant historical evidence: Helgafell in Iceland, East Anglia in England and the broader area around Bergen in Norway. It offers a detailed account of one cultural site in relation to its scribal and artistic connections with other ecclesiastical and secular scriptoria. The book can be downloaded for free (Open Access Gold) at Brepols Online.

Formidling

(2020-) Organiser of biannual public lecture series on medieval topics. Middelalderforum Lecture Series (Medieval Research Cluster; University of Bergen)

(2024) ‘Hvorfor havnet dette i Bergen? Mitt valg: Fragmenter av Landsloven’ (in Norwegian), Film clip made by the University Library of Bergen's Special Collections. The film showcases two medieval fragments of the Norwegian Laws of the Land (Landsloven). Available on Facebook.

(2024) ‘Lovskaping i mellomalderen’ (in Nynorsk), Vestland fylkeskommune website on the 750-jubilee of the Norwegian Laws of the Land (Landsloven). The text discusses the Norwegian legislation prior to Landsloven. Available in Open Access.

(2024) ‘Eit første sted mot modern lovgivning’ (in Nynorsk), Vestland fylkeskommune website on the 750-jubilee of the Norwegian Laws of the Land (Landsloven). The text describes normative aspects of Landsloven. Available in Open Access.

(2021) ‘Apinn og konungurinn. Myndskreytingar í Belgsdalsbók’ (in Icelandic), Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum YouTube channel video (3:24 min.) on selected book painting in the medieval Icelandic law manuscript Belgsdalsbók (AM 347 fol.). Available in Open Access.

Undervisning

University of Bergen, Norway

2023 NOLI103 Den eldre litteraturen (BA Course; 2 lectures)

2023 NOFI101 Norrønt språk (BA Course)

2023 NOFI112 Norrøn litteratur i omsetning (BA Course)

2023 NORSK624 Nordisk litteratur: Teksthistorie og kulturutvikling (Utdanning; 2 lectures)

2022 NOLI103 Den eldre litteraturen (BA Course; 3 lectures)

2022 NORD100 Innføring i nordistikk (BA Course; 3 lectures)

2021 NOFI210 / NOFI250 / NOFI300/ NOFI302 / NOFI303 Norrøn litteratur i Håkon Håkonssons tid (BA/MA Course)

2021 NOLI103 Den eldre litteraturen (BA Course; 3 lectures)

2021 KUN209 Kunst, retorikk og lærdomstradisjoner i før- og tidlegmoderne tid (BA Course; 2 lectures)

2021 NOFI101 Norrønt språk (BA Course; 1/4 of the course)         

2021 NORSK624 Nordisk litteratur: Teksthistorie og kulturutvikling (Utdanning; 2 lectures)

2021 NOFI112 Norrøn litteratur i omsetning (BA Course)

2020 NOFI210 / NOFI250 / NOFI300/ NOFI302 / NOFI303 Kongesagaer (BA/MA Course)

2020 KUN209 Kunst, retorikk og lærdomstradisjoner i før- og tidlegmoderne tid (BA Course; 2 lectures)

University of Oslo, Norway

2022 NFI2120 / NFI4111 Old Norse Palaeography and Codicology (BA/MA Course)

University of Greifswald, Germany

2019 Die Königssagas (BA/MA Course)

2018 Einführung in das Altnordische (BA Course)

2018 Literatur und Kultur im Alten Island (BA Course)

University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

2018 Archival Research in the Arts and Humanities (Lecture & Workshop; SGSAH Summer School), University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom

2017 Vikings! (Tutorial, BA Course)

University of Iceland, Iceland

2020 Book Painting in Medieval Icelandic Manuscripts: Styles, Iconography and Interdisciplinary Research (ERASMUS+ MA Course)

Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Iceland

2018 Illuminations and Art Historical Perspectives (Lecture), Illuminated Manuscripts (Workshop; 15th International Arnamagnæan Summer School in Manuscript Studies)

2016 Illuminated Manuscripts of Jónsbók (Lecture), Jónsbók manuscripts (Workshop; 13th International Arnamagnæan Summer School in Manuscript Studies)

2015 Manuscript Illumination (Lecture; 12th International Arnamagnæan Summer School in Manuscript Studies)

2013 Book Painting (Lecture), Manuscript Description (Workshop; 10th International Arnamagnæan Summer School in Manuscript Studies)

Publikasjoner

Book

(2021) Illuminated Manuscript Production in Medieval Iceland. Literary and Artistic Activities of the House of Canons Regular at Helgafell in the Fourteenth Century, Manuscripta Publications in Manuscript Research Series (Turnhout: Brepols). Open Access: Link; Print: Link.

  • Reviewed by Synnøve Midtbø Myking, in The Medieval Review, 14/03/2022; John Kennedy, in Parergon, 39/1, 2022, p. 234-236; Jeffrey F. Hamburger, in Medium Aevum, XCII.I, 2022, p. 143-144; Sverrir Jakobsson, in Saga: Tímarit sögufélags, LX:1, 2022, p. 222-223; Visa Immonen, in Speculum, 98/4, 2023, p. 1234-1235; Patricia Pires Boulhosa, in Church History, 92/1, 2023, p. 177-178; Lasse Mårtensson, in Collegium Medievale, 36, 2023, p. 266-269.

Co-Edited Book

(2019) Djuve, Heidi Synnøve, Stefan Drechsler, Beñat Larrea Elortza & Deniz Cem Gülen (eds.), The North as Home: Proceedings from the Nordic Research Network 2017, Norvik Press Series C: Student Writings no. 4 (London: Norvik Press). Available here: Link.

Articles

(2023) "Cultural Syncretism and Interpicturality: Throne Benches in Medieval Icelandic Book Painting", in Jørgen Bakke, Jens Eike Schnall, Rasmus T. Schlaattelid & Synne Ytre Arne (eds.), Writing the Image, Showing the Word: The Agency of Knowledge Production in Texts and Images, Open Cultural Studies, Special Issue 7/1 (Berlin: De Gruyter), 1-20. Link

(2022) "The Production and Use of Norwegian Law Manuscripts 1280-1400", in Matthew J. Driscoll (ed.), Opuscula XX (Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Forlag), 193-273. Link.

(2021) "Law Manuscripts from Fifteenth Century Iceland", in Annette Lassen & Gísli Sigurðsson (eds.), Gripla XXXII (Reykjavík: Stofnun Árna Magnússonar á Íslandi), 165-98. Link.

(2020) "Marginalia in Medieval Western Scandinavian Law Manuscripts", in Roland Scheel & Silke Schwandt (eds.), Imaginationen und Praktiken des Rechts: Literatur- und geschitswissenschaftliche Perspektiven, Das Mittelalter: Perspektiven mediävistischer Forschung, Themenheft 1/2020 (Berlin: De Gruyter), 180-195. Link.

(2017) "Illuminated Manuscript Production in Western Iceland in the Thirteenth and Early Fourteenth Centuries", in Emily Lethbridge & Rósa Þórsteinsdóttir (eds.), Gripla XXVIII (Reykjavík: Stofnun Árna Magnússonar á Íslandi), 169–196. Link.

(2016) "The Illuminated Þjófabálkr in Fourteenth-Century Icelandic Jónsbók Manuscripts", in Russel Poole (ed.), Viking and Medieval Scandinavia 12 (Turnhout: Brepols), 1–40. Link.

(2016) "Ikonographie und Text-Bild-Beziehungen der GKS 1005 fol Flateyjarbók", in Britta Olrik Frederiksen (ed.), Opuscula XLVIII (Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Forlag), 215–300. Link.

(2014) "Zur Ikonographie der AM 350 fol. Skarðsbók", in Espen Karlsen (ed.), Collegium Medievale 27 (Oslo: Novus Forlag), 63–113. Link.

Book Chapters

(2024) (forthcoming) "Advanced Use and Textual Change: Paratextual Commentaries in Medieval Norwegian and Icelandic Law Manuscripts", in Agostino Paravincini Bagliani & Francesco Santi (eds.), Micrologus: Natura, scienza e società medievali (Bologna: Sismel).

(2024) "Codex Hardenbergianus (GKS 1154 fol.) - A Prachthandschrift from Medieval Norway", in Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir & Lukas Rösli (eds.), Old Norse Law Books from a Material Perspective (Oslo: Nasjonalbiblioteket), 112-158. Link.

(2021) "Chapter 6 Jón Halldórsson and Law Manuscripts of Western Iceland c. 1320–40", in Gunnar Harðarson & Karl G. Johansson (eds.), Dominican Resonances in Medieval Iceland: The Legacy of Bishop Jón Halldórsson of Skálholt, The Northern World 91 (Leiden: Brill), 125-150. Link.

(2021) "Appendix 4 Contents of AM 671 4°", in Gunnar Harðarson & Karl G. Johansson (eds.), Dominican Resonances in Medieval Iceland: The Legacy of Bishop Jón Halldórsson of Skálholt, The Northern World 91 (Leiden: Brill), 317-330. Link.

(2021) "Chapter 1 Production and Content of the Fourteenth-Century Norwegian Law Manuscript Lundarbók", in Thomas Gobbit (ed.), Law|Book|Culture in the Early and High Medieval West, Exploring Medieval Culture 7 (Leiden: Brill), 17–50. Link.

(2016) "Reynistaðakirkja hin forna. The Medieval Chapter Seal of the Benedictine Nunnery at Reynistaður", in Ian Giles et al. (eds.), Beyond Borealism. New Perspectives on the North (London: Norvik Press), 24–42. Link.

(2014) "Thieves and workshops: On a historical initial in AM 343 fol. Svalbarðsbók", in Guðvarður Már Gunnlaugsson & Margrét Eggertsdóttir (eds.), Saltari stilltur og sleginn Svanhildir Óskarsdóttur fimmtugri 13. mars 2014 (Reykjavík: Menningar- og minningarsjóður Mette Magnussen), 37–39. Link.

Book Reviews:

(2022) "Katharina Preißler, Fromme Lieder - Heilige Bilder. Intermediale Perspektiven auf die skandinavische Ballade und die spätmittelalterliche Bildkunst Schwedens und Dänemarks", in Klaus Böldl, Karin Hoff & Henrik van der Liet (eds.), European Journal of Scandinavian Studies 2/2022 (Berlin: De Gruyter), 324-327. Link.

(2020) "Kate Heslop & Jürg Glauser (eds.), RE:writing. Medial perspectives on textual culture in the Icelandic Middle Ages", in Präsidium des Mediävistenverbandes (eds.), Das Mittelalter 2020/2 (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2020). Link.

(2016) "Stefka Georgieva Eriksen, Writing and Reading in Medieval Manuscript Culture. The Translation and Transmission of the Story of Elye in Old French and Old Norse Literary Contexts", in Alison Finlay (ed.), Saga-Book 40 (London: Viking Society for Northern Research), 121–123. Link.

(2016) "M. J. Driscoll & Svanhildur Óskarsdóttir (eds.), 66 Manuscripts from the Arnamagnæan Collection", in Alison Finlay (ed.), Saga-Book 40 (London: Viking Society for Northern Research), 119–121. Link.

(2014) "Lena Liepe, Studies in Fourteenth Century Icelandic Book Painting", in Espen Karlsen (ed.), Collegium Medievale 27 (Oslo: Novus Forlag), 201–204. Link.

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Populærvitenskapelig foredrag
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Vitenskapelig Kapittel/Artikkel/Konferanseartikkel
Vitenskapelig monografi
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Vitenskapelig antologi/Konferanseserie

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Prosjekter

NordForsk Project (​​152607): "Nordic Law Books: The Production and Use of Vernacular Law Manuscripts in the North from 1100 to 1600 (NordicLaw)" (2023-2026)

For further information, see here: Nytt prosjekt om nordiske lovbøker fra middelalderen

Talks

Invited Talks

03/04.12.2024 (planned) "Bylovgivning i Bergen og Lübeck i middelalderen: Likheter i innhold, form og bruk?", Skandinaviske middelalderbyer Conference, Nasjonalbiblioteket, Oslo, Norway

18.09.2024 (planned) "Text and Image in Medieval Norwegian Law Manuscripts", The Landslov of 1274 - Multiple Perspectives Conference, Universitetet i Bergen, Norway

17.09.2024 (planned) (together with Geir Atle Ersland) "Military Force and the Law during the Reign of Magnus Lagabøte", The Landslov of 1274 - Multiple Perspectives Conference, Universitetet i Bergen, Norway

27.05.2024 "Landsloven på pergament: Produksjon og bruk av norske rettshåndskrifter i middelalderen", Mandagsforedrag på Bryggens Museum våren 2024, Bymuseet, Norway

17.4.2024 "The "St Olav's Law" on Parchment and in Literature", Moster 1024: Crossroads of Religion and Law in the Conversion of Norway Conference, Universitetet i Bergen, Norway

14.03.2024 "NordicLaw: Et nytt NordForsk-prosjekt om nordiske lovbøker fra middelalderen", Selskab for Nordisk Filologi, Københavns Universitet, Denmark

14.02.2024 "Bokmaleriet i Codex Hardenbergianus", Magnus Lagabøter Landslov 1274-2024 Seminar, Vitenskapsakademiet i Oslo, Norway

04.12.2023 "Juridisk ikonografi i middelalderens Skandinavia", Middelalderforum forelesningsrekke høsten 2023, Universitetet i Bergen, Norway

6./7.11.2023 "GKS 1154 fol.: Text og arkiv", Det lange 1400-tallet - Norge 1350-1550 Fagseminar, Universitetet i Oslo, Norway

29.09.2023 "Lovfragmenter fra Sunnhordaland og Hardanger", Arven etter Halsnøy: Skriftlege kjelder gjennom tidene - Seminar, Universitetet i Bergen/Sunnhordaland museum (Halsnøy monastery), Norway

23.09.2023 "Paratextual Commentary in Medieval Norwegian and Icelandic Law Manuscripts", Marginal intelligences. Glosses as places of creativity and difference - Conference, University of Bologna, Italy

25.05.2022 "Illuminated Manuscript Production in Medieval Iceland: Literary and Artistic Activities of the Monastery at Helgafell in the Fourteenth Century", Historiska seminariet, Göteborg Universitet, Sweden

27.04.2022 "The Function and Dissemination of Vernacular Law Amendments in Norwegian Law Manuscripts in c. 1250-1400", Onsdagens seminar i Landslovprosjektet på CAS, Centre for Advanced Studies, Oslo, Norway

29.03.2022 "Tekst og bilde i prakthåndskriftet Codex Hardenbergianus (GKS 1154 fol.)", "Norrøne lovmanuskripter i 600 år" Fagseminar, Nasjonalbiblioteket, Oslo, Norway

07.12.2021 "Re-etablering av håndverkernettverk i Bergen pre-1349", Collegium Medievale Årskavalkade 2021, Zoom (Digital)

08.11.2021 "Kunst i Bergen i Middelalderen", "Norge og Europa i Middelalderen" Middelalderforum Lecture Series, Universitetet i Bergen, Norway

06.02.2019 "Fremdheit in der Gísla saga Súrssonar", "Das Eigene und das Fremde im Mittelalter"-Vortragsreihe of the Mittelalterzentrum Greifswald, Universität Greifswald, Germany

06.02.2019 "Inhalt und Komposition der GKS 1005 fol. Flateyjarbók", Nordeuropa-Institut, Humboldt Universität, Berlin, Germany

21.11.2018 "Die Bilder- und Textwelt der isländischen Saga-Handschrift Flateyjarbók", "Jubiläumskolloquium" des Instituts für Fennistik und Skandinavistik, Universität Greifswald, Germany

10.07.2018 "Mittelalterliche Rechtsikonographie in Skandinavien", Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany

18.07.2017 "Holistische Annäherungen an Handschriftenkulturen Skandinaviens am Beispiel der isländischen Helgafell Manuskripte", Institut für Skandinavistik, Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

25.05.2017 "A Network of Pictures, Texts and People: Holistic Approaches to Illuminated Old Norse Manuscripts", Centre for Scandinavian Studies Seminar Series, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom

14.12.2016 "The Death of a Warrior Saint: Depictions of the martyrdom of Óláfr helgi in Norway in Medieval Scandinavian Art", Middelalderseminaret, Institutt for historiske studier, NTNU Trondheim, Norway

08.12.2016 "Bergen and Iceland: The Production of Codex Hardenbergianus (GKS 1154 fol) and the West Icelandic Helgafell Workshop", Forskargruppe i mellomalderfilologi, Universitetet i Bergen, Norway

29.11.2016 "East Anglia and West Iceland: Stylistic influences on the book painting of Flateyjarbók (GKS 1005 fol) from early fourteenth-century East Anglian Manuscripts", Collegium Medievale Seminar Series, Universitetet i Oslo, Norway

13.05.2014 "Illuminierte Manuskripte des mittelalterlichen Nordens: Ein interdisziplinäres Forschungsfeld der Kunstgeschichte und Altnordischen Philologie", "Interdisziplinärer Dialog - Aktuelle "turns" und "terms" in den Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften"-Vortragsreihe, Christian- Albrechts-Universität, Kiel, Germany

16.05.2013 "The Illuminations of AM 133 fol. Kálfalækjabók", Strengleikar Seminar Series, Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík, Iceland

16.02.2012 "Flateyjarbók and Europe? An Investigation of Art-Historical Connections to Contemporary Art from Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Great Britain’s East Anglia", Strengleikar Seminar series, Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík, Iceland

 

Conference Papers & Presentations

06.07.2022 "The Compilation of Vernacular Laws in High and Late Medieval Iceland", International Medieval Congress (IMC), University of Leeds, United Kingdom

02.12.2021 "Single Leaves as Carriers of Law Amendments (Réttarbaetr) in Medieval Norwegian Law Manuscripts", Recycling Medieval Law - Workshop, Universitetet i Bergen, Norway

23.09.2021 "The Development of Iconography in Medieval Western Scandinavian Legal Manuscripts c. 1300 1650", The Illuminated Legal Manuscript from the Middle Ages to the Digital Age - Conference, Institudo de Estudos Medievais, Zoom (Digital)

09.09.2021 "Text and Layout of Icelandic Law Manuscripts in the Middle Ages", Jónsbók and the Monarchical Project for Iceland - Conference, Universitetet i Bergen, Norway

17.11.2019 "Law Manuscript Production in Fifteenth-Century Iceland", Icelandic Laws in Context: Jónsbók and Kristinréttr Árna in the Árni Magnússon Collection - Conference, Háskóli Íslands, Iceland

14.08.2019 "Personal Backgrounds of 13th-Century Western Scandinavian Law Manuscript Cultures", The Global North – Spaces, Connections, and Networks before 1700 - Conference. Centrum för medeltidsstudier, Stockholm Universitet, Sweden

01.07.2019 "The Design and Use of Margins in Scandinavian Law Manuscripts", International Medieval Congress (IMC), University of Leeds, United Kingdom

24.10.2018 "Text und Bild landessprachlicher Gesetzeshandschriften des mittelalterlichen West-Skandinaviens", 25. Jahrestagung des Brackweder Arbeitskreises, Universität Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany

17.08.2018 "The Þingfararbálkr in Illuminated Icelandic Jónsbók Manuscripts", 17th International Saga Conference, Háskóli Íslands, Iceland. Link.

29.01.2016 "Forníslenskir Trékirkjur: The Medieval Chapter Seals of Reynistaður, Þingeyrar and Munkaþverá", 2016 Graduate Student Conference, Centre for Renaissance Studies, Newberry Library, Chicago, USA

14.08.2015 "The Illuminated Manuscripts from Helgafell: An Interdisciplinary Approach’, Session ‘Textuality and Manuscript Transmission", 16th International Saga Conference, Universität Zürich, Switzerland. Link.

07.07.2015 "The Throne of Solomon and the Sedes Sapientiae in Medieval Icelandic Book Painting", Session "Interdisciplinary Approaches to Medieval Scandinavia", International Medieval Congress (IMC), University of Leeds, United Kingdom

14.05.2015 "The Throne of Grace and the Added Figure: f. 2r in AM 350 fol. Skarðsbók", nordik 2015 Conference, nordisk komité for kunsthistorie, Reykjavík, Iceland

19.02.2015 "Thieves and gallows: The Þjófabálkr-Chapter in Illuminated 14th Century Icelandic Jónsbók Copies","What Happens Next?" - Nordic Research Network Conference 2015, Scandinavian Studies, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

22.01.2015 "Dogs, Holy Men and Related Texts. The Old Norse Bible Translation Manuscript AM 226 fol Stjórn", 2015 Graduate Student Conference, Center for Renaissance Studies, Newberry Library, Chicago, USA

22.11.2013 "klaustrit at helga felli aa bok þessa - The Illuminated Manuscripts from Helgafell: An Interdisciplinary Approach", Knowledge of the North: Traditions, Transformations and Practices of Medieval Scandinavian Learning - Workshop, Universitet i Bergen, Norway

27.09.2013 "Zur Ikonographie der AM 350 fol. Skarðsbók und weiteren Manuskripten aus Helgafell", 21. Arbeitstagung der Skandinavistik (ATDS), Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany

09.08.2012 "Flateyjarbók and Europe? An Investigation of Art-Historical Connections to Contemporary Art from Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Great Britain’s East Anglia", 15th International Saga Conference, Aarhus Universitet, Denmark. See the preprint in Preprint Publication of the 15th International Saga Conference: Sagas and the Use of the Past, eds. Mathias Valentin Nordvig and Lisbeth H. Torfing, (Aarhus: Aarhus Universitet), 111–112. Link.

23.03.2012 "Magnús Þórhallsson as Illuminator: Selected Assigned Works in the Context of Contemporary Art from East Anglia and Norway", Interdisciplinary Student Symposium on Viking and Medieval Scandinavian Subjects, Aarhus Universitet, Denmark