Birna Bjarnadóttir

    Birna Bjarnadóttir

    Stephan G. Stephansson Research Specialist

    Veröld – House of Vigdís #301
    tel: 525-4933

    University of Iceland
    Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages
    Brynjólfsgötu 1
    IS-107 Reykjavik
    Tel: +354-5254000


    Birna Bjarnadóttir read literature at the Freie Universität in Berlin, University of Warwick and the University of Iceland, and completed her PhD at the University of Iceland (2003) in Guðbergur Bergssonʾs aesthetics. She served as the Chair of Icelandic at the University of Manitoba (2003–2015), and as a Project Manager at the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute (2015‒2020).

    Her key areas of research are modern literature and aesthetics, Icelandic‒Canadian literature, Icelandic-American literature, immigration in modern literature, and the inheritance of exile in modern literature.

    She is a published author on both sides of the Atlantic, (monographs, fiction, translations, essays, articles and book-chapters), and has edited numerous books, including bilingual and trilingual editions of both modern Icelandic literature and Icelandic-Canadian literature. She is currently researching the creative power of immigration in Icelandic-Canadian and Icelandic-American literature, leads the Expedition to the Magic Mountain project, and, with Ingi Björn Guðnason, the international research project The Creative Power of the Westfjords.