From the University of Iceland. Photograph: Kristján Maack
the main forms of literature, both as readers and writers. The graduate program spans two years, and students can also take courses in related subjects on the graduate level, such as Journalism, Translation Studies, and Cultural Dissemination. The final thesis is a creative piece of writing, such as a collection of poetry, short stories, articles, a novel, a play, or a film script. The program is still in development, as it is a new addition to the School of Humanities, but has already shown itself to make a difference on the public literary scene in Reykjavík. It conducted a very popular lecture series in 2009–2010 with writers who talked about the creative process and the making of particular works, and these lectures are now also available online. It is safe to say that this new addition is off to a good start in other ways too, as four of the five people awarded the New Voices Grants from the Icelandic Literature Fund in 2010 were Creative Writing students at the University of Iceland. The School of Humanities operates three research centres: the Centre for Research in the Humanities, the Institute
of Research in Literature and Visual Art, and the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages. All of these centres publish academic material, host various conferences and events, and participate in international collaborations. A few examples of conferences and regular events organized by the School of Humanities are the Annual Conference of the Humanities, the aforementioned lecture series, a conference held in relation to Ritid – a journal published by the Centre for Research in the Humanities, and two international conferences on translation and literature in the summer of 2010. A triennial Iceland-Faeroe Islands Academic Summit is also held in turn in Reykjavík and Tórshavn in the Faeroes. The Centre for Research in the Humanities operates Midaldastofa, which is a collaborative platform for scholars in Medieval Studies working within and outside of the University of Iceland. The Centre also collaborates with the Thórbergur Centre of Culture in South Iceland, which was the birthplace of the writer Thórbergur Thórdarson (see the summary of literary history), and is dedicated to his works.
Reykjavík – a City of Literature
Published on Jul 23, 2012