Pétur Knútsson (Peter Ridgewell) retired from his position as Associate Professor of English Linguistics at the Faculty of Foreign Language, Literature and Linguistics at the University of Iceland in the fall of 2012 after 34 years of service.
In honour, celebration and gratitude, his colleagues decided to bring out a peer-reviewed collection of academic articles pertaining to Pétur’s disparate fields of research. An Intimacy of Words: Essays in Honour of Pétur Knútsson / Innileiki orðanna: Festschrift til heiðurs Pétri Knútssyni will be published in mid-October by the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages at the University of Iceland and the University of Iceland Press, with the support of the Institute of Linguistics at the University of Iceland. The book will be ca. 350 pages.
An Intimacy of Words will be sold by subscription. You are invited to buy the book at the special price of kr. 4900 while the listed price is kr. 5900. You may order the book by e-mail before September 20 at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your name will be registered in the Tabula in Honorem at the front of the book. Your e-mail should include the following:
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For further information on An Intimacy of Words: Essays in Honour of Pétur Knútsson/Festschrift til heiðurs Pétri Knútssyni see here.
Today 10 September 2015 took place at the University of Iceland the first meeting of the Board of the Vigdís International Centre for Multilingualism and Intercultural Understanding.
The board decided to focus during the first years of the Centre´s activity on Language and Culture Contact in the West Nordic Region, both in terms of research in languages and culture and in terms of knowledge exchange and dissemination.
Members of the board are Mr. Alfredo Perez de Arminan, Assistant Director-General for Culture, appointed by UNESCO; Dr. Eiríkur Smári Sigurðsson, Director of Research, School of Humanities, University of Iceland, appointed by the Icelandic UNESCO committee; Dr. Guðrún Kvaran, Professor emerita of Icelandic, appointed from the Minister of Education and Culture; Dr. Auður Hauksdóttir, Chair, Professor of Danish, Dr. Ásdís R. Magnúsdóttir, Professor of French, and Dr. Þórhallur Eyþórsson, Professor of Linguistics, English department, all three appointed from the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages.
Mr. Alfredo Perez de Arminan was represented on this occasion by Ms. Rochelle Roca-Hachem, Program Specialist, who attended the meeting by skype from the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
Author Ana María Shua will give an open lecture in the Nordic House in Reykjavík, on Friday 11 September at 15:00.
In this talk, Ana María Shua will cover microfiction in Latin America, a genre dating back to the first decades of the twentieth century. She discusses the 1955 anthology of Borges and Bioy Casares, writers from the South of the continent, as well as the works of Arreola and Monterroso from the North. She mentions the development of the genre over the past thirty years and also introduces the question of the place of origin of microfiction in Spanish: whether Latin America or Spain can lay claim to it. Other topics discussed will include the influence of European authors and the difference between the microfiction genre in Latin America and the USA.
The lecture will be delivered in English.More >
Kristín Guðrún Jónsdóttir, Senior Lecturer in Spanish Literature at the University of Iceland, will introduce the writer. Kristín Guðrún has translated a selection of Shua’s work, which has now been published on the occasion of the writer‘s visit to Iceland, in the collection Smáskammtar by Dimma publishing house.
This event is co-organized by the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages at the University of Iceland, The Reykjavík International Literary Festival and the Nordic House.