This study of the self-awareness of the historical self in medieval Scandinavia will contribute fresh perspectives to discussions of the medieval and modern self, in Scandinavia and in Europe.
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Karen Langsholt Holmqvist has a background in Scandinavian studies, and has an MA in runology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology from 2016.
Since August 2016, Holmqvist has worked as a Doctoral Research Fellow at NIKU. She is affiliated with the project «The Self in Social Spaces: Conceptualizations and Representations in the Textual and Material Culture of Medieval Scandinavia».
Holmqvist is working with inscriptions with runes and letters from the Middle Ages, and is interested in the aspects of the self which are present in the inscriptions, and how the self and self-understanding is expressed in them.
he is working with monumental inscriptions and graffiti in churches, on gravestones and in a grave chamber at the Orkney Islands. Holmqvist is stationed at NIKU’s main office in Oslo, but she is also connected to the University of Oslo where she completes the PhD education.