Prof. Karl-Gunnar Anders Johansson
1. Please provide a brief outline of your training and scientific activity.
I was trained as a linguist and philologist at the University of Göteborg and the University of Reykjavik. My PhD was defended at the University of Göteborg in 1997. In my years of training I spent three years at the Arnamagnæan Collection at University of Copenhagen.
Since 1998 I have continuously lead research projects financed by the major research funding organisations in Scandinavia. My research has focused on the manuscript culture of the Scandinavian regions with a large and often multidisciplinary perspective. This has resulted in a number of anthologies and articles over the last 25 years. At the moment I lead an 8 year project financed by the Swedish Riksbankens jubileumsfond (Modes of Modification; 2018–2025) with collaborators from a number of European universities, among the Ca’Foscari in Venice.
2. Please state your reasons for choosing Venice and the Department for your research and teaching stay.
Professor Massimiliano Bampi is one of the collaborating partners in the Modes of Modification project. We have a lot of collaboration in various parts of the project and my stay in Venice will enable us to work closely. In March we arranged an international conference in Venice in a collaboration between Ca’Foscari and Modes of Modification, and in early May we arrange a larger conference in Venice financed by Modes of Modification. Venice provides for me a good place also to work with my own sub-project within our project at the same time as I can take active part in the planning of the joint activities.
3. Have you ever had a research collaboration with the teaching staff of Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies in the past?
Massimiliano Bampi and I have been in contact for many years and we have had collaboration and planning for collaboration before receiving the funding in 2017. We have also discussed the possibilities of teacher and student exchange between Venice and Oslo.