October 29, 2019
Stephen Mitchell, the Robert S. and Ilse Friend Professor of Scandinavian Studies and Folklore and a member of the Standing Committee on Medieval Studies, has been awarded the sixth Jarl Gallén Prize by the Thure Gallén Foundation. The prize, created in memory of Jarl Gallén (1908–1990), Professor of History at the University of Helsinki, is given to a scholar of medieval Northern Europe in recognition of his or her outstanding accomplishments in research, publication, and teaching. Previous winners of the award include Sverre Bagge, Monika Hedlund, Anders Andrén, Lars Boje Mortensen, and Lena Liepe. The prize will be given by Kaarle Hämeri, Chancellor of the University of Helsinki, at the Great Hall of the Finnish Literature Society on 5 November 2019, followed by Professor Mitchell's Prize Lecture, "Magic and Memory in the Medieval North", and a symposium and reception in his honor. More information on the Prize can be found at the website of the University of Helsinki's Centre for Nordic Studies.