Jonathan Adams

researcher at Department of Scandinavian Languages

Visiting address:
Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3L

Postal address:
Box 527
751 20 UPPSALA

Short presentation

Project coordinator for the infrastructure project The Norse Perception of the World (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond).

My courses


Research interests

  • Language contact and mixture in Scandinavia in the Middle Ages.

  • Textual scholarship, material philology and electronic text editing of manuscripts and early books.

  • Historical linguistics and dialectology (mainland Scandinavia)

  • Medieval sermons and preaching.

  • Medieval concepts of ethnic identity and Otherness.

  • Muslim-Jewish-Christian relations in the Middle Ages.

Publications currently under preparation

  • Jonathan Adams, The Poet of Mauriceville: Lars Andersen Schow — a biography of the nineteenth-century Danish immigrant to New Zealand and an edition of his works: memoirs, poems, songs, short stories, and political and religious writings.

  • Jonathan Adams, Events in the Life of Phillip Tapsell, the Old Dane — an edition of the reminiscences of the nineteenth-century Danish whaler, trader, and Pākehā-Māori Phillip Tapsell (1790–1873).

Past teaching

  • University of Hull: Danish language (modern), Old Danish and Swedish language and literature, Old Icelandic, Scandinavian language history, Viking-Age history.

Past research projects


Membership in learned societies



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