19 November 2018

Matthew Driscoll awarded Honorary Prize for 2018

Matthew Driscoll, Professor of Old Norse Philology at the University of Copenhagen, is to be awarded the Einar Hansen Research Foundation’s Honorary Prize for 2018 in recognition of his pioneering work in the field of manuscript studies and digital humanities.

M. J. Driscoll teaching at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute in Victoria B.C.

Driscoll, who received his doctorate from Oxford University, has been based at the Arnamagnæan Institute since 1995; he has also held visiting professorships at the University of Caen Normandy and Ulster University, and is an affiliate professor at the University of Iceland. During the past three decades, Driscoll has become a leading international figure in manuscript studies and has been particularly influential in the promotion of material philology. Through his long-standing involvement with the work of the Text Encoding Initiative, he has contributed to the development of standards for the electronic description and transcription of primary sources.

In announcing the Prize, the Einar Hansen Research Foundation writes: “At the centre of Matthew Driscoll's work stands the Old Norse philological tradition, for hundreds of years a focal point of humanities research in Denmark. But equally central is the major innovation of recent years: the transition to digital methods in research and dissemination. In this area he has been a pioneer and is a leading international authority.”

Read more on the Einar Hansen Research Foundation's webpage.