Ásdís R. Magnúsdóttir

    Ásdís R. Magnúsdóttir

    Professor of French Language and Literature and the Chair of the Vigdís International Centre

    asdisrm@hi.is

    Professor of French
    Department of French Studies
    Faculty of Languages and Cultures
    School of Humanities
    University of Iceland
    Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages
    Brynjólfsgötu 1
    IS-107 Reykjavik
    Iceland
    Tel: +354-5254000

    About

    Ásdís R. Magnúsdóttir studied French language and literature (Lettres modernes) at the Stendhal University (Grenoble 3) from 1988 to 1997 and completed her PhD in French literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance in 1997.

    Her main centres of research are: medieval French literature, translations and reception of French literature in Iceland and Scandinavia. Ásdís R. Magnúsdóttir is also interested in the short story and other forms of shorter writings, translation and history of ideas, and is engaged in projects related to these topics. She works on the translation and publication of a collection of French short stories and tales and an Icelandic translation of Chrétien‘s de Troyes, The Knight of the Chart (Lancelot).

    Lectures

    “Dýr í stað manna í frönskum ljóðsögum frá 12. öld”, Hugvísindaþing, 14-15 March 2014.

    “Albert Camus: La mer au plus près”, Panel, ATLAS (Assises de la Traduction Littéraire en Arles), Les 30es Rugissantes. Traduire la mer. November 8-10 2013.

    “Sinning in translation”, Arthur of the North, University of Oslo, May 23-25 2014.

    “Að þýða hafið. Um náttúruna í ljóðrænum ritgerðum Camus”, Náttúran í verkum Alberts Camus. Málþing í tilefni 100 ára fæðingarafmælis Alberts Camus 6. desember 2013.

    „Riddarasagan í nútímanum“, 22. nóvember 2012, Vigdis Finnbogadottir Institute of Foreign Languages.

    „Smásögur kvenna í Frakklandi á 16. og 17. öld“, Hugvísindaþing, 9. -10. mars 2012.

    „Tungumál og menning: skiptir tungumálið máli?“ Hugvísindaþing, 11. mars 2011.

    „Að þýða úr frönsku og fornfrönsku: Perceval eða Sagan um Gralinn“. Málstofan: Suðrið í norðri. Um þýðingar úr rómönskum málum. Hugvísindaþing, 25.-26. mars 2011.

    „L’étranger chez Camus et Chrétien de Troyes“. XVIII. þing norrænna rómanista. Gautaborgarháskóli, 9.-12. ágúst 2011.

    „Ekkjan í eyðiskóginum“. Alþjóðleg afmælisráðstefna RIKK. Háskóli Íslands, 4.-5. nóvember 2011.

    „Staða frönskunnar í H.Í.“ Málþing um frönskukennslu. Þjóðminjasafnið, 9. nóvember 2011.

    „Af mannætum“, Sýn Evrópumanna á Nýja heiminn, Hugvísindaþing, 5.-6. mars 2010.

    „Les jeux de la vérité dans la réécriture norroise du Conte du Graal“, Fictions de vérité dans les réécritures européennes des romans de Chrétien de Troyes. Colloque international, Róm, Academia Belgica, 28. – 30. apríl 2010.

    „Aux confins de la matière de Bretagne: les sagas de chevaliers“, Histoire des Bretagnes: Itinéraires et confins, Centre de Recherche Bretonne et Celtique, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, 4. júní 2010.

    „Útlendingur og óviti“, Fjögur högg á dyr ógæfunnar. Málþing um Albert Camus, 10. desember 2010, Stofnun Vigdísar Finnbogadóttur í erlendum tungumálum.

    „Perceval og nútímalesandinn“, Hugvísindaþing, 13. -14. mars 2009.

    „Landamærin í verkum kanadísku skáldkonunnar Lise Tremblay“, Hugvísindaþing, 4.-5. apríl 2008.

    „Le Nord dans l’œuvre de Lise Tremblay“, XVII. þing norrænna rómanista, Háskólinn í Tampere, 12.-15. ágúst 2008.

    „La représentation du Nord dans quelques romans islandais contemporains“, Where does the North begin, where does it end? Nordicity, borders and territoires. International conference in literature, geography and cultural studies, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, Université Paris IV – Sorbonne, 16.-17. apríl 2008.

    „Parsifals saga and the Valvers þáttur“, Translation in the Middle Ages: French romances into Norse narratives. Old French Romances and Old Norse (Translation, Transmission and Transformation. Old Norse Romantic Fiction and Scandinavian Vernacular Literacy 1200-1500). Centre de coopération franco-norvégienne en sciences sociales et humaines. Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme, París, 10.-11. apríl 2008.

    Education

    Education

    1990 DEUG Lettres modernes, Université Stendhal – Grenoble 3

    1991 Licence Lettres modernes, Université Stendhal – Grenoble 3

    1992 Maîtrise Lettres modernes, Université Stendhal – Grenoble 3

    1993 DEA, Centre de recherche sur l’imaginaire, Université Stendhal – Grenoble 3

    1997 Doctorat (Nouveau Régime), Centre de recherche sur l’imaginaire, Université Stendhal – Grenoble 3

    Dissertation: La voix du cor. La relique de Roncevaux et l’origine d’un motif dans la littérature du Moyen Âge (XIIe – XIVe siècles). Supervisor: Philippe Walter.

    Academic employment

    1997-2000 Part-time teacher, Department of Romance and Classical Languages, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Iceland

    2000-2003 Assistant Professor of French, Department of Romance and Classical Languages, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Iceland

    2004-2009 Associate Professor of French, Department of Romance and Classical Languages, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Iceland

    2010- Professor of French, Department of Romance and Classical Languages, School of Humanities, University of Iceland

    Academic service, administration and other:

    1999 One of two of Iceland’s representatives in the jury for the European Aristeion prize (Literature/Translation)

    2000-  Head, French/French Studies, Department of Romance and Classical Languages, University of Iceland2003-2007     Chair, Icelandic Fund for Translation

    2003-2008 Academic Affairs Committee

    2006-2013 Evaluation committee, Faculty of Philosophy/School of Humanities, University of Iceland

    2008-  Member of the editorial board of Milli mála, Journal of Foreign Languages and Culture (Vigdis Finnbogadottir Institute of Foreign                                      Languages, University of Iceland)

    2009-2011 Co-editor of Ritið, Journal of the Institute of Humanities (University of Iceland)

    2011-2017 Member of the editorial board of Ritið, Journal of the Institute of Humanities (University of Iceland)

    2008-2010 Vice head, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Literature and Linguistics, School of Humanities, University of Iceland

    2010-2012 Head, Faculty of Foreign Languages, School of Humanities, University of Iceland

    2011-2014 Scientific Evaluation Committee, School of Humanities, representative of the Faculty of Foreign Languages

    2014 Co-organiser of the Scandinavian Romanists’ Congress, August 12-15 2014, University of Iceland

    2014- Member of the Board of Vigdís International Centre for Multilingualism and Intercultural Understanding, University of Iceland

    2017-2020 Science Ethics Committee, main representative of the School of Humanities, University of Iceland

    2018-  Member, Board of Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute for Foreign Languages, University of Iceland

    2018- Chair, Board of Vigdís International Centre for Multilingualism and Intercultural Understanding, University of Iceland

    2020 The Icelandic Translators’ Prize, Chair of selection committee

    2020  Guest editor of volume 3/2020 of Ritið, Journal of the Institute of Humanities (University of Iceland)

    Teaching

    History of French literature, the French short story, history of ideas, translation and reception of French literature in Iceland.

    Research projects

    The reception of French narrative literature in Iceland from the Middle Ages to the 19th century

    The French Wave in Icelandic Theatre 1960-2000.

    Grants

    1986  Spanish Ministry of Culture

    1988-1996  French Government

    1997-2000  Rannís – Icelandic Centre for Research

    2000  University of Iceland Research Fund

    2006  University of Iceland Research Fund

    2013  University of Iceland Research Fund

    2014  University of Iceland Research Fund

    2018-2020 University of Iceland Research Fund

    2020  Áslaug Hafliðadóttir’s Fund

    Stofnun Vigdísar Finnbogadóttur
    í erlendum tungumálum

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