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Henrik Janson

Senior lecturer

Henrik Janson
Senior lecturer , Head of Department
+46 31 786 5287

Room number: J557
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 41255 Göteborg

Department of Historical Studies (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 412 55 Göteborg

About Henrik Janson

Henrik Janson in 1998 defended his doctoral thesis Templum nobilissimum: Adam av Bremen, Uppsalatemplet och konfliktlinjerna i Norden kring år 1075 (Templum nobilissimum : Adam of Bremen, the temple of Uppsala and the lines of conflict in Europe around 1075), on the outbreak of the investiture contest and its consequences for the archbishopric of Hamburg-Bremen, for Scandinavia and for the work of Adam of Bremen.

He has lectured at the Department of History (now the Department of Historical Studies) at Gothenburg University since 1992 – since January 2007 as reader/associate professor. Janson’s research has mainly involved themes within Viking Age and Early Medieval history, including political history, cultural identity, 'Christianisation', state formation, and 'paganism' (mainly 'Old Norse' and 'Old Slavic' religion) in Northern Europe, and issues closely related to modern identity making and the use of history.

Among Janson’s further fields of interests can be mentioned modern historiography. He has furthermore worked with edition of historical source in the editorial committee of "Dalslands diplomatarium" (1991-1996), where he also contributed with a large number of excerpts from the Icelandic saga material.

Through the years, he has also been involved as teacher at international postgraduate courses and research schools and taken part in several national and international research collaborations, including the NorFa funded network project "Reykholt och den Europeiska skriftkulturen" ("Reykholt and the European Literacy") (2002-2006), of which he was one of the initiators, and the NOS-HS-funded so-called Nordic Centre of Excellence Programme (NCEP), under the title "The Nordic Countries and the Medieval Expansion of Europe : New Interpretations of a Common Past" (2005-2013).

Currently he is, besides lecturing, mainly occupied with the project "'Inbördeskrig' och sagor. Skriftlighet och politik i Nordeuropa ca 1100–1250” ("Sagas and ‘civil wars’ : Literacy and politics in Northern Europe ca 1100-1250 AD”), funded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet).

Latest publications

Birgitta (Brita) Olofsdotter (Tott)
Henrik Janson
Svenskt kvinnobiografiskt lexikon, Göteborg , Göteborgs universitet, Encyclopedia entry 2018
Encyclopedia entry

The Dukedom of Braunschweig-Lüneburg and the Dating of Fagrskinna
Henrik Janson
Drevnejšie gosudarstva Vostočnoj Evropy, 2016. Pamjati G. V. Glazyrinoj, Moscow, Dimitry Pozharsky University, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Pictured by the Other: Classical and Early Medieval Perspectives on Religions in the North
Henrik Janson
The Pre-Christian Religions of the North Research and Reception, Volume I: From the Middle Ages to c. 1830 / edited by Margaret Clunies Ross., Turnhout, Brepols, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Sven Estridsson, Hamburg-Bremen och påven
Henrik Janson
Svend Estridsen / Lasse C.A. Sonne & Sarah Croix [red.], Odense, Syddansk Universitetsforlag, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

Ansgar und die frühe Geschichte des Erzbistums Hammaburg
Henrik Janson
Mythos Hammaburg : Archäologische Entdeckungen zu den Anfängen Hamburgs ; [31. Oktober 2014 - 26. April 2015, Archäologisches Museum Hamburg] / hrsg. von Rainer-Maria Weiss und Anne Klammt , Conference paper 2014
Conference paper

Edda and ‘Oral Christianity’: Apocryphal Leaves of the Early Medieval Storyworld of the North
Henrik Janson
The Performance of Christian and Pagan Storyworlds Non-Canonical Chapters of the History of Nordic Medieval Literature / edited by Lars Boje Mortensen and Tuomas M.S. Lehtonen, with Alexandra Bergholm , Turnhout, Brepols Publishers, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book

Scythian Christianity
Henrik Janson
Rutenica [Early Christianity on the Way from the Varangians to the Greeks. Edited by I. Garipzanov O. Tolochko.], Journal article 2011
Journal article

The Cristianisation of Scandinavia and the End of Scythia
Henrik Janson
Drevnejšie gosudarstva vostočnoj Evropy. 2009 god. Transkontinental'nye i lokal'nye puti kak sociokul'turnyj fenomen. Ed. T.N.Džakson, Moskva: Indrik, 2010. [Древнейшиие государства государства Восточной Европы: 2009: Трансконтинентальные и локальные пути как социокультурный феномен / Отв. ред. тома Т.Н. Джаксон; отв. ред. сер. Е.А. Мельникова. – М.: Индрик, 2010. – 496 с, ил. ISBN 978-5-91674-081-3], Moskva, Russkij Fond Sodejstvija obrazovaniju i nauke, Chapter in book 2010
Chapter in book

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"Adam av Bremen, Gregorius VII och Uppsalatemplet
Henrik Janson
Uppsala och Adam av Bremen. Redaktör: Anders Hultgård, Nora, Nya Doxa, Chapter in book 1997
Chapter in book

Kring Austrfararvisur och Friðgerðarsaga
Henrik Janson
Sagas and the Norwegian Experience:10th International Saga Conference, Trondheim, August 3 - 9, 1997, Conference contribution 1997
Conference contribution


Dalslands diplomatarium
Henrik Janson, Eva Odelman, Per-Axel Wiktorsson, Per Hultqvist, Gudrun Rydberg et al.
Åmål, Dalslands fornminnes- och hembygdsförbund, Text critical edition 1996
Text critical edition

Vem var Sigrid Storråda, och vad betyder egentligen Storråda?
Henrik Janson
Populär historia, Magazine article 1996
Magazine article

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