The Centre for Research in the Humanities provides a common forum for research and research-related activities within the School of Humanities. The Centre is committed to interdisciplinary research and seeks to encourage and support cooperation and research projects involving scholars from different fields, locally and internationally.
The Centre hosts an annual Humanities Conference and publishes a peer-reviewed journal in Icelandic, Ritið (The Work), with contributions from across the humanities.
Membership in the Centre extends automatically to all academic staff and doctoral students in the School of Humanities. Membership can also be granted to postdoctoral and visiting scholars associated with the School.
The Centre is an umbrella organisation comprising the following nine research institutes:
- Institute of Research in Literature and Visual Arts
- Institute of Philosophy
- Institute of Linguistics
- Institute of History
- Institute of Theology
- The Vigdis Finnbogadottir Institute of Foreign Languages
- Institute of Ethics
- EDDA - Centre of Excellence
- Center for Research in Equality (RIKK)
These institutes regularly publish monographs and book series, as well as organizing local and international seminars and conferences.
The Centre’s staff, a project manager and a director of research, work in close contact with representatives of the various research institutes, and with the Dean of Humanities, who is also the Chair of the Centre’s board.
The Centre was founded in 1998 as an effort to strengthen the institutional framework for research, coordinate the activities of different researchers and research institutes active within the School, and facilitate research collaboration with scholars and institutes within other schools at the University of Iceland and at other universities.
Location and contact information
The office of the Centre is part of the main office of the School of Humanities, located on the top floor in the Main Building (Aðalbygging).
The Centre's project manager can be reached by phone: (+354) 525 4462, or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org