Birna Bjarnadóttir

Birna Bjarnadóttir is a Research Specialist at the Faculty of Languages and Cultures, University of Iceland. She studied German literature and history of ideas at the Freie Universität Berlin, Icelandic and comparative literature at the University of Iceland, and aesthetics at Warwick University. She holds a PhD in Icelandic literature from the University of Iceland and wrote her doctoral dissertation on aesthetics in the work of Guðbergur Bergsson (1932 ̶ 2023). A former Chair of Icelandic at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg (2003–2015), Birna is a published author on both sides of the Atlantic, (monographs, fiction, translations, book chapters, and essays), and has edited numerous books, including an international collection of essays on the work of Guðbergur Bergsson, bilingual publications of Icelandic and Icelandic-Canadian literature, and the forthcoming (in 2024) Icelandic translation of Thomas Mann’s novel The Magic Mountain by Gauti Kristmannsson. Birna led the Expedition to the Magic Mountain Project (2013–2020) in collaboration with artists and scholars of literature, and, with Ingi Björn Guðnason, The Creative Power of the Westfjords Project (2017–2023) in collaboration with writers and scholars of literature. She also leads the cultural and publishing society Hin kindin. She is a board member of the University of Iceland’s Vigdís International Centre for Multilingualism and Intercultural Understanding, (UNESCO Cat. 2 Centre), a member of the editorial committee of the University of Iceland’s Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages, and a board member of the Vigdís International Prize.


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