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Simon Halink

Assistant Professor

Name
Dr. S. Halink
Telephone
+31 71 527 3097
E-mail
s.halink@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Simon Halink is an Assistant Professor in modern European history (from c. 1789 to the present), with a main research interest in the development of national identities and national movements in the course of the ´long nineteenth century´. He has worked on the ideological cultivation of Norse mythology in modern Icelandic culture, the role of landscape in identity formation, Scandinavian memory cultures, modern images of the Middle Ages, German conceptions of Nordic culture, and on the functions of philology, historiography and mythology in national discourses.

More information about Simon Halink

Fields of interest

Romantic nationalism in Europe during the long nineteenth century, and especially the cultivation of mythology and cultural memory in this context. Research topics include furthermore the ideological uses and abuses of the past (especially in the Nordic countries, Germany and the Netherlands) from c. 1800 to the present.

Research

Simon Halink is an Assistant Professor in modern European history (from c. 1789 to the present), with a main research interest in the development of national identities and national movements in the course of the ´long nineteenth century´. He has worked on the ideological cultivation of Norse mythology in modern Icelandic culture, the role of landscape in identity formation, Scandinavian memory cultures, modern images of the Middle Ages, German conceptions of Nordic culture, and on the functions of philology, historiography and mythology in national discourses.

Grants and awards

  • Postdoctoral Research Grant from the Icelandic Centre for Research (Rannís), 2018-2020.
  • Nations & Nationalism essay prize in honour of the memory of Dominique Jacquin-Berdal (2016).

Curriculum vitae

Simon Halink studied History and German at the University of Utrecht and the Freie Universität in Berlin. He completed the MA program ´History of Politics and Culture´ (Utrecht) in 2007 with a study on images of Iceland in Nazi Germany (cum laude). He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Modern History from the University of Groningen (2017), where he studied the role of Old Norse mythology in Icelandic national culture, c. 1830-1918. While writing his dissertation, he was actively involved in the Study Platform on Interlocking Nationalisms (headed by Joep Leerssen) and contributed to the ensuing Encyclopedia of Romantic Nationalism in Europe (2018). His essay on the Icelandic historian Jón J. Aðils was awarded the annual Nations & Nationalism essay prize in 2016. In his research, he approaches the topics of national identity and cultural memory from a transnational, comparative perspective. In 2018, he was awarded a full Postdoctoral Research Grant from the Icelandic Centre for Research (Rannís), to study the significance of the medieval Icelandic author Snorri Sturluson in the cultural memory of modern Scandinavia.

Key publications

“The good sense to lose America: Vinland as remembered by Icelanders”, in Tim Machan and Jón Karl Helgason (eds.), From Iceland to the Americas: Vinland and historical imagination (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020) p.p. 160-178.

“Inleiding tot de Poëtische Edda”, introduction to Willem Schoorstra (transl.), De Poëtyske Edda (Leeuwarden: Het Nieuwe Kanaal, 2020) p.p. 13-35.

(Ed.) Northern Myths, Modern Identities: The Nationalisation of Northern Mythologies since 1800, National Cultivation of Culture vol. 19, (Boston and Leiden: Brill, 2019).

“Hero or Traitor? The Cultural Canonisation of Snorri Sturluson in Denmark, Norway, Iceland, and Beyond”, in Marijan Dović and Jón Karl Helgason (eds.), Great Immortality. Studies on European Cultural Sainthood (Boston and Leiden: Brill, 2019) p.p. 211-241.

“Nordic, Germanic, German: Jacob Grimm and the German Appropriation of Old Norse Religion and Myth”, in Margaret Clunies Ross (ed.), Pre-Christian Religions of the North. Research and Reception, Volume II: From c. 1830 to the Present (Turnhout: Brepols, 2018) p.p. 101-130.

“Icelandic Perspectives”, in Jürg Glauser, Pernille Hermann and Stephen Mitchell (eds.), Handbook of Pre-Modern Nordic Memory Studies. Interdisciplinary Approaches vol. 1 (Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter, 2018) p.p. 805-810.

“Noble Heathens: Jón Jónsson Aðils and the Problem of Iceland’s Pagan Past”, in Nations and Nationalism 23:3 (2017) p.p. 463-483.

“‘Omhoog met Thors hamer!’ IJslanders en de creatieve omgang met hun Oudnoordse erfgoed”, in Madoc. Tijdschrift over de Middeleeuwen 28:4 (2015: special issue on the ‘forged Middle Ages’) p.p. 200-209.

“A Tainted Legacy. Finnur Magnússon’s Mythological Studies and Iceland’s National Identity”, in the Scandinavian Journal of History 40:2 (2015) p.p. 239-270.

“The Icelandic Mythscape: Sagas, Landscapes, and National Identity”, in National Identities 16:3 (2014: special issue on the making of national landscapes in modernity) p.p. 209-223.

“Rustkamer van de Germaanse geest. Duitse voorstellingen van IJsland tussen fin de siècle en Tweede Wereldoorlog”, in Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis 123:3 (2010) p.p. 384-400.

Assistant Professor

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Institute for History
  • Algemene Geschiedenis

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.06a

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