Digital Curriculum Vitae for

Johnny Grandjean Gøgsig Jakobsen

MSc in Geography and History, PhD in Medieval History

Associate professor, Department of Nordic Research, University of Copenhagen


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 Curriculum vitae for JGGJ (in Danish)


If I should try to label myself academically in short terms, I would probably go with the combined title of medievalist and historical geographer”. My educational background is a master degree (MSc) in Geography and History from the University of Roskilde (2004), after which I was attached to the Institute of History and Civilization at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense (2005-2008), teaching medieval history and working on a PhD-project on Dominican friars in medieval Denmark. Since 2008 I have been employed at the Department of Scandinavian Research, University of Copenhagen, first as scientific assistant, then as postdoctoral fellow and, from July 2013, as assistant professor in onomastics with special focus on the interdisciplinary integration of place-names with history and geography.

My period of historical interest stretches from c. 700 to 1700, with a main preference for the high Middle Ages and a geographical focus on northern Europe. Basicly, all topics within this period and area are - or could be - of interest to me, but until now, my main fields of study have been monastic and ecclesiastical history, together with settlement history and agricultural history.

Before I began my university education at Roskilde in 1998, I have worked with communication, sales, marketing and economy, during which I acquired a graduate diploma in market economy (HD-A) from the Copenhagen School of Business and Economics in 1995. After several years of studying and working with trade and economy, my interest turned towards commercial history combined with the social and human-geographical structures and changes in north-western Europe and Scandinavia in the Middle Ages, including the interface between physical-geographical factors and culture-historical development. Thus, the hybrid disciplin of Historical geography has constituted the settings for several of my graduate projects at Roskilde University, conclusively in my masters thesis “Middelalderens landbrug og bebyggelse : en statistisk-geografisk undersøgelse af landbrugs- og bebyggelsesforholdene i NV-Sjælland gennem vikingetid, middelalder og tidlig moderne tid”, which earned me a master degree in the summer of 2004. Whereas my actual thesis is written in Danish, an abbreviated version has been translated to English in 2005: Agriculture and Settlement in Medieval and Early Modern Zealand : A historical-geographical survey of Danish agriculture and settlement conditions, c.1000-1688. The latter is now available in a website version in English. The main part of my thesis is published as an integrated part of a Historical-Geographical Atlas from 2008 (in Danish).

Introduction to master's thesis (in Danish) 


Agriculture and Settlement... (English version)




Middelalderens landbrug og bebyggelse



List of graduate projects 1999-2004


As a postgraduate, I was working as a research assistant at the Institute of Geography, University of Roskilde, during the winter 2004-2005 on a series of geographical land surveys in relation to plans on establishing a number of national parks around the country - in my case in the northernmost part of Zealand. The proposed national park, Kongernes Nordsjælland, was approved by the Danish parliament in January 2008, but is still awaiting implementation.


 Landskabsanalyse KNS (in Danish)


In the period 2005-08 I was granted a PhD-scholarship at the Institute of History and Civilization, University of Southern Denmark, Odense. My dissertation was titled The rôle of the Friars Preachers in medieval Danish society”. The idea of the project was to look into the societal functions of the Friars Preachers in high- and late medieval Denmark based on a systematic registration and consideration of all written and archaeological sources on the matter. As an important part of the study, the Danish material has been supplemented by similar studies of sources from the remaining Scandinavia, together with available research literature on the life and work of the Order of Preachers in the rest of Northern Europe. By performing such a new and systematic study of the Danish material supplemented with knowledge and theses from our neighbouring countries, I managed to increase our insight and understanding on questions such as why the Friars Preachers came here in the first place, what societal functions they performed, and how their role in society might have changed from the time of their first Danish convent foundation in 1222 to the Reformation in 1536. A more detailed presentation of my PhD-project together with some of my other Dominican studies are available from the links below, together with a pdf-version of the full dissertation in Danish.

My work on Nordic Dominicans of the Middle Ages has continued in 2009-2013, where I have been granted a postdoctoral fellowship by The Danish Research Council and the University of Copenhagen for a four-year study on Dominicans in Dacia - The role of Friars Preachers in medieval Scandinavian society” with affiliation to the Department of Scandinavian Research, University of Copenhagen.

Centre for Dominican Studies of Dacia


Postdoctoral project description





 PhD dissertation (English summary)


Since 1 July 2013 I have been given a permanent position at the Department of Nordic Research (formerly 'Department of Scandinavian Research') as associate professor in onomastics. The job includes research, teaching and transmission of knowledge on Danish place-names with a special focus on a interdisciplinary integration of this topic with related fields such as settlement history, human geography and manorial history. My various tasks include editorial work on the series Danmarks Stednavne [Place-names of Denmark] and maintenance of some of the various source archives of the department, as well as promoting their usage in future research projects. My new employment does not mean that I intend to leave the field of church history, on the contrary, as I will increase my studies on ecclesiastical-manorial history, medieval parish organization and monastic collections of diplomas. 


Even though my monastic studies mainly have taken place within traditional source history, my roots in historical geography are not denied here either. Firstly, I have mapped the actual locations of the Dominican priories of Scandinavia within the medieval towns geography; and secondly, I have enlarged a digitised mapping of the Danish Dominican priories to include priories and monasteries of all religious order within medieval Denmark (including Scania, Southern Schleswig, and Rügen). The digitization made in G.I.S. is available for free download and use for anyone interested in monastic geography of medieval Denmark. Via the links below one can find a presentation of this KlosterGIS DK, a clickable map with a catalogue of all the convents, an interactive Google Map-version suitable for mobile platforms, and, of course, a link to the actual download of the G.I.S.-data; it should be noted, though, that all of these are in Danish only.


 KlosterGIS DK : Presentation and Catalogue




KlosterGIS DK :  Interactive Google Map




Download KlosterGIS DK > ArcView  MapInfo  

Digitization of medieval geodata has also been part of my employments at the Name Research Section, University of Copenhagen, where I in 2008-09 was engaged as scientific assistant on a project regarding a digitization of place-names in Denmark, and subsequently, as part of my postdoctoral fellowship, I was related to the project DigDag as a consultant on Danish parish structures before 1688.


 DigDag project introduction



List of publications (some with links to website versions or abstracts)

76. “»Them friars dash about« - Mendicant terminario in medieval Scandinavia”, in: Travels and mobilities in the Midle Ages - From the Atlantic to the Black Sea, ed. M. ODoherty & F. Schmieder (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015), 3-29. 

75. “Fra Lengasi til Kalvehave via Skåningehavn - Onomastisk opklaring af et eksotisk stednavnebelæg” [From Leangasi to Kalvehave via Skåningehavn - Onomastic clearing up of an exotic place-name instance], in: Namn och Bygd - Tidskrift för nordisk ortnamnsforskning 2014 (Uppsala: Kungl. Gustav Adolfs akademien för svensk folkkultur, 2015), 223-225.

74. Vikingetidens bebyggelse omkring Kattegat og Skagerrak - Et forsøg på kortlægning [Viking age settlement around Kattegat and Skagerrak - An attempt of mapping], in: Et fælles hav - Skagerrak og Kattegat i vikingetiden, ed. A. Pedersen & S.M. Sindbæk (Copenhagen: National Museum of Denmark, 2015), 6-23. (Co-authors: Peder Gammeltoft & Søren M. Sindbæk.)

73. “Z - Zeus”, in: Bentes ABC - Et lykønskningsskrift til Bente Holmberg på 70-årsdagen 26. marts 2015, ed. B. Jørgensen & B.N. Knudsen (Department of Nordic Research, University of Copenhagen, 2015), 44-46.

72. “Esrum Klosters nedlæggelse” [The dissolution of Esrum Abbey], in: Esrum Klosters storhed og fald, ed. J.A. Jørgensen & B. Thomsen (Esrum: Esrum Kloster, 2015), 11-37.

71. Review of Johannes Schütz “Hüter der Wirklichkeit - Der Dominikanerorden in der mittelalterlichen Gesellschaft Skandinaviens” (2014), in: Sehepunkte - Rezensionsjournal für die Geschichtswissenschaften vol. 15:2 (2015).

70. Diplomatarium OP Dacie, commented web-publication of sources concerning the Dominican Order in the medieval province of Dacia (Centre for Dominican Studies of Dacia, 2015 ff.); on-going publication, currently with 1,000 individual instances published.

69. Mørkøv, at the website Månedens navn’ (Name Research Section, University of Copenhagen, 2015).

68. “Friends of the friars - Confraternal relations of the Dominican Order in medieval Scandinavia”, in: Bractwa religijne w średniowieczu i w okresie nowożytnym - Religious confraternities in the Middle Ages and the Modern Era, ed. D. Burdzy & B. Wojciechowska (Kielce: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jana Kochanowskiego, 2014), 53-68.

67. On the Baltic Crusade and the first Friars Preachers in Visby, web-article (Centre for Dominican Studies of Dacia, 2014).

66. “The Black Friars and the Black Death - Effects of the plague on Friars Preachers in fourteenth-century Northern Europe”, in: Denmark and Europe in the Middle Ages, c. 1000-1525 : Essays in honour of Professor Michael H. Gelting, ed. K. Hundahl, L. Kjær & N. Lund (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014), 59-74. 

65. Teaching place-names and landscape, in: Els noms en la vida quotidiana - Actes del XXIV Congrés Internacional d'ICOS sobre Ciències Onomastiques, ‘Biblioteca tècnica de política lingüística’ vol. 11, ed. J. Tort i Donada & M. Montagut (Barcelona: Generalitat de Catalunya, 2014), Appendix, 1818-1822.

64. Brasilien[Brazil], at the website Månedens navn’ (Name Research Section, University of Copenhagen, 2014).

63. “Sporvogne i Andeby” [Trams in Duckburg], in: På sporet - Festskrift til Bent Jørgensen på 70-årsdagen den 12. marts 2014, ed. B. Eggert, P. Gammeltoft & R.S. Olesen (Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanums Forlag, 2014), 153-165; extended website-version on Sydnordisk Akademi for Donaldisme. Also published in: BYtrafik - Medlemsblad for Sporveishistorisk Selskab 2015:1, 44-49.

62. Fr. Mathias Ripensis OP and his Sermones de tempore, introduction to web-published transcript of medieval source made by Johannes Schütz, at Scriptores ordinis predicatorum de provincia Dacie online (Centre for Dominican Studies of Dacia, 2014).

61. “Who ordered the Dominicans? - Initiators behind Dominican convent foundations in Northern Europe, c. 1216-1350”, in: Monastic Culture - The long thirteenth century. Essays in honour of Brian Patrick McGuire, ed. L. Bisgaard & al. (Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark, 2014), 240-267.

60. Viking landscape regionality - An interdisciplinary model for regional classification of the cultural geography in medieval Scandinavia, c. 800-1300, in: 3rd International Geography Symposium - GEOMED 2013 - Symposium proceedings, ed. R. Efe, I. Atalay & I. Cürebal (Antalya: Dokuz Eylül University, 2013), 89-100.

59. Paternosterkirken i Rola Lundensis - Afprøvning og aflivning af et middelalderdansk stednavne- og kirkebelæg[Paternoster Church in Rola Lundensis - Testing and rejection of an alleged record of a medieval Danish place-name and church], in: Namn och bygd - Tidskrift för nordisk ortnamnsforskning vol. 101 (2013) (Uppsala: Kungl. Gustav Adolfs akademien för svensk folkkultur, 2013), 115-121.

58. Frans, at the website Månedens navn’ (Name Research Section, University of Copenhagen, 2013).

57. “Kystskov i vikingetidens og middelalderens Danmark - onomastiske og andre historisk-geografiske spor efter et sagnomspundent kystskovsbælte” [Coastal forests in the Viking and Middle Ages in Denmark - Onomastic and other historical-geographical traces from a fabled coastal forest belt], in: Nøvn i strandamentanini - Navne i kystkulturen. Forelæsninger fra det 41. NORNA-symposium i Tórshavn 2.-4. juni 2011, ‘NORNA-rapporter’ vol. 89, ed. T. Jakobsen & al. (Uppsala: NORNA-förlaget, 2013), 112-130.

56. »What Jesus means is...« - The Dominican Order as theological authority for laity and clergy in medieval Northern Europe, in: Authorities in the Middle Ages. Influence, legitimacy, and power in medieval society, Fundamentals of Medieval and early Modern Culture vol. 12, red. S. Kangas, M. Korpiola & T. Ainonen (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2013), 123-144.

55. Langtbortistan, at the website Månedens navn’ (Name Research Section, University of Copenhagen, 2013).

54. Ex necrologium de conventus OP Ripensis - From the necrology of the Friars Preachers in Ribe, commented web-publication of medieval source at: Scriptores ordinis predicatorum de provincia Dacie online (Centre for Dominican Studies of Dacia, 2013).

53. Annales ordinis predicatorum de provincia Dacie - Dominican annals from the medieval province of Dacia, commented web-publication of medieval sources at: Scriptores ordinis predicatorum de provincia Dacie online (Centre for Dominican Studies of Dacia, 2010-12).

52. Gøgsig : Marknavn, gårdnavn og slægtsnavn[Gøgsig : Field name, farm name and family name], in: Vendsyssel Årbog’ 2012 (Skagen: Historisk Samfund for Vendsyssel, 2012), 51-68.

51. Johannes, dictus Kalf, hujus loci decanus - Gejstlige tilnavne i middelalderens Norden [John, called Kalf, deacon of this place - Ecclesiastical binames in medieval Scandinavia], in: Binamn - Uppkomst, bildning, terminologi och  bruk. Handlingar från NORNA:s 40:e symposium i Älvkarleö, Uppland, 29/9-1/10 2010, ‘NORNA-Rapporter’ vol. 88, ed. S. Nyström & al. (Uppsala: NORNA-förlaget, 2012), 110-143.  

50. Gøgsig, at the website Månedens navn’ (Name Research Section, University of Copenhagen, 2012). 

49. “Dominikanerne i Lund og augustinerne i Dalby - Mulige forbindelser[The Dominicans in Lund and the Augustinians in Dalby - Possible relations], in: Locus Celebris - Dalby kyrka, kloster och gård, ‘Centrum för Danmarksstudier’ vol. 28, ed. S. Borgehammar & J. Wienberg (Gothenburg & Stockholm: Makadam, 2012), 327-333.

48. Św. Jacek i Dacja. Związki Apostoła Północy ze Skandynawią: prawdopodobieństwo, tradycja i aktualny stan wiedzy”, in: Św. Jacek Odrowąż – apostoł Północnej Europy, ed. A. Nocoń & A. Wuwer (Rome & Katowice: Księgarnia św. Jacka, 2012), 97-109.

47. “Coastal landscape development in south and central Denmark, c. 800-1600”, in: ‘Proceedings of the 24th session of PECSRL : Living in landscapes - Knowledge, practice, imagination’, ‘Latvijas Zinātņu Akadēmijas Vēstis - A daļa’ vol. 66:3, ed. I. Sture (Riga: Latvian Academy of Sciences, 2012), 42-53.

46. “Kirker og religiøsitet i middelalderens nordvestsjællandske købstæder” [Churches and religion in the towns of medieval north-western Sjælland], in: Middelalderens nordvestsjællandske købstæder - Fra Nordvestsjælland 2011’ (Holbæk: Historisk Samfund for Nordvestsjælland, 2012), 11-35.

45. Dacia, at the website Månedens navn’ (Name Research Section, University of Copenhagen, 2012). English version Why Dacia? - The background for a peculiar province nameat the website Centre for Dominican Studies of Dacia (Centre for Dominican Studies of Dacia, 2012); Romanian version De ce Dacia? Ciuda tul nume al unei provincii at the website

44. Venerunt fratres predicatores - Notes on Datings of the first Dominican Convent Foundations in Scandinavia”, in: Collegium Medievale - Interdisciplinary Journal for Medieval Research’ vol. 24 (2011) (Oslo: Society for Medieval Studies, 2011), 5-22.

43. Andeby[Duckburg], at the website Månedens navn’ (Name Research Section, University of Copenhagen, 2011).

42. “High medieval magnate farms in north-west Sjælland, Denmark: Analyses of magnate farms in an east Danish region, c. 1100-1400”, in: Settlement and Lordship in Viking and Early Modern Scandinavia’, ed. B. Poulsen & S. Sindbæk (Turnhout: Brepols, 2011), 185-194.

41. Johannes, at the website Månedens navn’ (Name Research Section, University of Copenhagen, 2011).

40. “Monastic »islands« in medieval Denmark: Insular isolation in ideal and practice”, in: Isolated Islands in Medieval Nature, Culture and Mind’, ‘The Muhu Proceedings’ vol. 2,  ‘CEU Medievalia’ vol. 14, ed. T. Jørgensen & G. Jaritz (Budapest: CEU Press, 2011), 36-44.

39. “Mapping mendicant monasteries in medieval urban geography”, in: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference of Historical Geographers, Kyoto 2009’, ed. Kinda A., Komeie T., Minamide S., Mizoguchi T. & Uesugi K. (Kyoto: Kyoto University Press, 2010), 111-112.

38. Review of  Daniel Hobbins, “Authorship and Publicity Before Print - Jean Gerson and the Transformation of Late Medieval Learning”, in: Textual Cultures: Texts, Contexts, Interpretation’ vol. 5:1 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010), 140-142.

37. Hvornår oprettedes dominikanerklosteret i Haderslev? - En genopdaget indskrift bekræfter en formodning om prædikebrødrenes ankomst[When was the Dominican priory in Haderslev founded?], in: Kirkehistoriske Samlinger’ 2010 (Copenhagen: Selskabet for Danmarks Kirkehistorie, 2010), 197-204.

36. -ville vikinger i Normandiet - Normanniske stednavne som kilde til vikingernes tilstedeværelse[-ville Vikings in Normandy - Normannic place-names as evidence of Viking presence], in: Otteogtyvende tværfaglige vikingesymposium’ (Højbjerg: Forlaget Hikuin, 2010), 21-34.

35. Nordvestsjællands kystbebyggelse fra vikingetid til ca. 1700[Coastal settlement in northwestern Zealand from the Viking Age to around 1700], in: Kystkultur - Fra Nordvestsjælland 2009’ (Holbæk: Historisk Samfund for Nordvestsjælland, 2010), 11-45. (Co-author: Peder Dam.)

34. Antvorskov Kloster, Børglum Kloster, Dueholm Kloster, Esrum Kloster, Helsingør Skt. Mariæ Kloster, Mariager Kloster, Odense Adelige Jomfrukloster, Ribe Skt. Katharinæ Kloster, Vitskøl Kloster (Bjørnsholm), Ø Kloster (Oksholm), Øm Kloster, Aalborg Gråbrødreklosterog Aalborg Helligåndskloster, web-articles at: 1001 fortællinger om Danmark (Kulturarvsstyrelsen, 2010).

33. “St. Hyacinth and Dacia - The Dominican «Apostle of the North» and His Relation to Scandinavia: Knowledge, Possibilities and Historical Traditions”, in: Seminatore della Parola - San Giacinto Odrowaz apostolo del Nord Europa’, ed. R. Fusco & A. Nocon (Todi: Tau Editrice, 2009), 107-122.

32. “Skt. Salomons Kapel - mulige spor efter dominikanere på middelalderens Bornholm” [The Chapel of St. Salomon - possible traces of Dominicans on medieval Bornholm], in: Bornholmske Samlinger’ 2009 (Rønne: Bornholms Historiske Samfund, 2009), 118-143.

31. “»Den gennemsnitlige torp« - Eksempler på statistiske og spatiale analysemetoder til regionale studier af torp-bebyggelser” [The average torp - Examples of statistical and spatial methods of analysis for regional studies of torp-settlements], in: Torp - som ortnamn och bebyggelse. Konferensrapport. Tvärvetenskaplig torp-konferens Malmö, 25-27 april 2007’, ‘Skrifter utgivna av Dialekt- och Ortnamnsarkivet’ vol. 11,  ed. P. Dam & al. (Lund: Dialekt- och Ortnamnsarkivet, 2009), 167-185.

30. Dam, Peder, Peder Gammeltoft, Johnny Grandjean Gøgsig Jakobsen, Bo Nissen Knudsen & Ola Svensson [eds.]: Torp - som ortnamn och bebyggelse. Konferensrapport. Tvärvetenskaplig torp-konferens Malmö, 25-27 april 2007[Torp as place-name and settlement], ‘Skrifter utgivna av Dialekt- och Ortnamnsarkivet’ vol. 11 (Lund: Dialekt- och Ortnamnsarkivet, 2009).

29. »De tiggermunke fare omkring...« - om dominikansk og franciskansk terminering blandt middelalderens landboere [»Them Friars Dash About...« - on Dominican and Franciscan terminatione among medieval country people], in: Landbohistorisk Tidsskrift 2009:1 (Auning: Landbohistorisk Selskab), 9-50.

28. “Dominikanske klosterhelgener i Norden - nordiske helgennavne hos dominikanerne” [Dominican patron saints in the North - Nordic saint names among the Dominicans], in: Nordiske namn - Namn i Norden. Tradition och förnyelse. Handlingar från Den fjortonde nordiske namnforskarkongressen i Borgarnes 11-14 augusti 2007’, ‘NORNA-Rapporter’ vol. 88, ed. G. Kvaran & al. (Uppsala: NORNA-förlaget, 2008), 235-248.

27. Prædikebrødrenes samfundsrolle i middelalderens Danmark, web-published PhD-dissertation in medieval history (University of Southern Denmark, 2008).

26. KlosterGIS DK : Digitalt atlas over klostre i middelalderens Danmark [KlosterGIS DK : Digital atlas of monasteries in medieval Denmark], web-publication in: HisKIS Årsskrift 2008 (HisKIS, 2008), 32-58.

25. Naturgeografi og historisk regionalitet [Physical geography and historical regionality], in: Regionalitet i Danmark i vikingetid og middelalder. Tværfagligt symposium på Aarhus Universitet 26. januar 2007, hikuin vol. 35, ed. P. Gammeltoft & al. (Højbjerg: Forlaget Hikuin, 2008), 15-34.

24. Dam, Peder & Johnny Grandjean Gøgsig Jakobsen: Historisk-Geografisk Atlas[Historical-Geographical Atlas], ‘Atlas over Danmark’ vol. 7 (Copenhagen: Det Kongelige Danske Geografiske Selskab & Geografforlaget, 2008). 

23. Helligkilder i Nordvestsjælland[Holy springs in northwestern Zealand], appendix in: Da Himmelen kom nærmere. Fortællinger om Danmarks kristning 700-1300, Brian Patrick McGuire (Copenhagen: ALFA, 2008), 239-244.

22.  Historia ordinis predicatorum in Dacia, commented web-publication of medieval source at: Scriptores ordinis predicatorum de provincia Dacie online (Centre for Dominican Studies of Dacia, 2007).

21.  Bernardus Guidonis OP: Priores provinciales provincie Dacie, commented web-publication of medieval source at: Scriptores ordinis predicatorum de provincia Dacie online (Centre for Dominican Studies of Dacia, 2007).

20. The role of Friars Preachers in medieval Danish society, in: Dominican History Newsletter vol. 16 (Rome: Institutum Historicum Ordinis Fratrum Praedicatorum, 2007), 32-37.

19. “Danske middelalderlige rydningsbebyggelser” [Clearance settlements of medieval Denmark], in: ‘Nordiske navnes centralitet og regionalitet. Rapport fra NORNAs 35. symposium på Bornholm 4.-7. maj 2006’, ‘NORNA-Rapporter’ vol. 82, ed. B. Eggert & al. (Uppsala: NORNA-förlaget, 2007), 35-59. (Co-author: Peder Dam.)

18. Broder Johannes Nyborg. Fokus på Roskildes dominikanske biskop[Fr. Johannes Nyborg. Focus on Roskildes Dominican bishop], in: Historisk Årbog for Roskilde Amt 2007 (Roskilde: Historisk Samfund for Roskilde Amt, 2007), 151-164.

17. Dominikanerne i Västergötland - Konventerne i Skara og (Gamla) Lödöse betragtet som en del af Prædikantordenens nordiske provins Dacia”  [The Dominicans in Western Götaland - The convents of Skara and (Old) Lödöse seen as part of the Order of Preachers Nordic province Dacia], in: Kloster och klosterliv i det medeltida Skara stift, ed. J. Hagberg (Skara: Skara stiftshistoriska sällskap, 2007), 159-184.

16. Om det dominikanske prædikebrødrekloster i Roskilde [On the Dominican Friars Preachers Priory in Roskilde], in: Historisk Årbog for Roskilde Amt 2006 (Roskilde: Historisk Samfund for Roskilde Amt, 2006), 59-92.

15. Danske sted-bebyggelser - en bebyggelsesgeografisk undersøgelse af to danske sted-bygder (Midtsjælland og Vendsyssel)[Danish sted-settlements : a settlement-geographical survey of two Danish sted-areas], in: Busetnadsnamn på -staðir. Rapport frå NORNAs 33. symposium på Utstein kloster 7.-9. mai 2004, ‘NORNA-Rapporter’ vol. 81, ed. I. Særheim & al. (Uppsala: NORNA-förlaget, 2006), 39-68. (Co-author: Peder Dam.)

14. »How about those Vikings?« - Historiske glimt fra vikingetidens Britiske Øer [»How about those Vikings?« - Historical glimpses from the British Isles in the Viking Age], in: Rubicon 2006:2 (Odense: University of Southern Denmark, 2006), 14-45.

13. Nationalparkprojekt 'Kongernes Nordsjælland'. Landskabsanalyse[National park project ‘Kongernes Nordsjælland. Landscape analysis], web-published report (Skov & Naturstyrelsen, 2005). (Co-authors: Tine Falkentorp, Vibeke Nellemann & Ole Hjorth Caspersen.)

 12. The Dominican priory and convent of medieval Roskilde, Denmark, in: Dominican History Newsletter vol. 14 (Rome: Institutum Historicum Ordinis Fratrum Praedicatorum, 2005), 257-278. (PDF-version.)

11. Landbrug i 1600-tallets Nordvestsjælland - Et eksempel på regionalkomparativ analyse af matriklerne 1662 og 1688 [Agriculture in seventeenth-century NW-Zealand: An example of regional-comparative analysis on the Land Registers of 1662 and 1688], in: Landbohistorisk Tidsskrift’ 2005:2 (Odense: Landbohistorisk Selskab, 2005), 9-44.

10. Kirkerne på Tuse Næs - Variationer i middelalderens kirkebyggeri [The churches of Cape Tuse - Differences in medieval church-building], in: Fra Holbæk Amt - Årbog for kulturhistorien i Holbæk Amt 2004 (Holbæk: Historisk Samfund for Holbæk Amt, 2004), 123-141.

9. Middelalderens landbrug og bebyggelse. En statistisk-geografisk undersøgelse af landbrugs- og bebyggelsesforholdene i NV-Sjælland gennem vikingetid, middelalder og tidlig moderne tid[Medieval agriculture and settlement. A statistical-geographical survey of agriculture and settlement in NW-Sjælland through Viking Age, Middle Ages and Early Modern Time], masters thesis in geography (Roskilde University, 2004). Abbreviated English version: Agriculture and Settlement in Medieval and Early Modern Zealand (2005).

 8. The Dominican History of Scandinavia (1): The Dominican Convents in Medieval Norway, in: Dominican History Newsletter vol. 12 (Rome: Institutum Historicum Ordinis Fratrum Praedicatorum, 2003), 211-221.

7.Torperne - marginale udflytterbebyggelser eller begunstigede agerbrugsbyer?[The thorpes - marginal outlying farms or favoured agricultural settlements?], in: Bol og By. Landbohistorisk Tidsskrift 2003:1-2 (Odense: Landbohistorisk Selskab, 2003), 101-131. (Co-authors: Peder Dam & Laura Hedemand.)

6. Da prædikebrødrene kom til Holbæk - Om de mulige bevæggrunde og samtidspolitiske forhold bag en dominikansk klosterstiftelse på Sjælland i starten af senmiddelalderenWhen the Friars Preachers came to Holbaek - On the possible reasons and conditions behind a Dominican foundation on Zealand in the beginning of the Late Middle Ages], in: Kirkehistoriske Samlinger 2003 (Copenhagen: Selskabet for Danmarks Kirkehistorie, 2003), 7-35.

5.De danske torp-landsbyers jordbundsforhold [The soil conditions in the Danish torp-villages], in: Nordiske torp-navne. Rapport fra NORNAs 31. symposium i Jaruplund 25.-28.4.2002 , ed. P. Gammeltoft & B. Jørgensen (Uppsala: NORNA-förlaget, 2003), 95-108. (Co-authors: Peder Dam & Laura Hedemand.)

4.The Priory of the Black Friars in Holbæk, in: Dominican History Newsletter vol. 11 (Rome: Institutum Historicum Ordinis Fratrum Praedicatorum, 2002), 296-299.

3.Da Stavns Fjord skulle drænes - glimt fra forarbejdet til inddæmningen af Stavns Fjord på Samsø [When Stavns Fiord was to be drained - glimpses from the planning and preparation of the draining of Stavns Fiord on Samsø], in: Århus Stifts Årbøger 2002 (Århus: Historisk Samfund for Århus Stift, 2002), 73-86.

2.Abbed Vilhelms idealer - Det viktorinsk-augustinske syn på klosterlivets formål og idealer i højmiddelalderens Danmark [The Ideals of Abbot William - The Victorine-Augustinian view upon the purpose and ideals of monastic life in high medieval Denmark], in: Kirkehistoriske Samlinger 2001 (Copenhagen: Selskabet for Danmarks Kirkehistorie, 2001), 7-36.

1.De hatformige bakkers underlag [What is beneath the »hat-shaped hills«?], i Geologisk Tidsskrift 2000:1 (Copenhagen: Dansk Geologisk Forening, 2000), 1-2. (Co-author: Peder Dam.) Pdf-version.


Illustrations for publications of others

Distribution map of settlements with the place-name Starup in Jutland. In: ‘Starup - Et jysk stednavn med historisk og arkæologisk potentiale’, article by Michael Lerche Nielsen in KUML (2014), 188.

Two maps of missionary campaigns in Merovingian Northern Europe and European journeys of St. Boniface, 675-754. In: Det kristne Europas fødsel [The birth of Christian Europe], by Brian Patrick McGuire (Copenhagen: ALFA, 2014), 254-255.

11 maps of monastic locations in medieval Scandinavia and Northern Europe. In: Monastic Culture - The long thirteenth century. Essays in honour of Brian Patrick McGuire, ed. L. Bisgaard & al. (Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark, 2014), 50, 80, 102, 118, 148, 176, 196, 218, 240, 268 and 284.

Two maps of the Baltic region and the Middle East in the twelfth century. In: Cultural encounters during the crusades, ed. by Kurt Villads Jensen, Kirsi Salonen & Helle Vogt (Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark, 2013); front, 77 and back.

Map of the legal-administrative organization of medieval Denmark. In: Mittelalterliches nordisches Recht bis 1500 - Eine Quellenkunde, ‘Ergänzungsbände zum Reallexicon der Germanischen Alterkumskunde’ vol. 73, by Dieter Strauch (Berlin & New York: De Gruyter, 2011), 284-285.

14 maps of medieval Denmark, Portugal and Europe. In: Korstog ved verdens yderste rand - Danmark og Portugal ca. 1000 til ca. 1250 [Crusading at the Edge of the World - Denmark and Portugal c. 1000 to c. 1250], by Kurt Villads Jensen (Odense: Syddansk Universitetsforlag, 2011), 13-26.

Map of Baltic region around 1200. In: ‘Large castles and large war machines in Denmark and the Baltic around 1200 - an early military revolution?’, article by Kurt Villads Jensen in: Revista de História das Ideias vol. 30 (Coimbra: Universidade de Coimbra, 2009), 181 and 187.

Map of Cistercian monasteries in Europe around 1153. In:  Den første europæer : Bernard af Clairvaux [The first European : Bernard of Clairvaux], by Brian Patrick McGuire (Copenhagen: ALFA, 2009), 17.

Map of monasteries in medieval Denmark. In: Korstog og Klosterliv - omkring Børglum Kloster [Crusades and monastic life - around Børglum Monastery], ed. by Marianne Corfitsen & Jørgen Jørgensen (Frederikshavn: Dafolo Forlag, 2008), 35.

Map of Paris in the times of Jean Gerson (1363-1429) and of his journeys in Europe. In: Jean Gerson and the Last Medieval Reformation, by Brian Patrick McGuire (University Park: The Pennsylvania  State University Press, 2005), x and xviii.



Papers at scholarly conferences and international seminars (Map of conference venues)

From New York to New Zealand - The trade as medievalist can take you to many an exotic venue.


Organizing of conferences, seminars and sessions

“Christianisation and Standardisation, Place-Names and Perception, Cognitive Toponomy Symposium 2, Glasgow, 31 October 2014.

“Navn og navnebærer, 45th NORNA-symposium, Skagen, 1-4 October 2014.

“Mendicant networks with lay communities, Centre for Dominican Studies of Dacia, session held at the International Medieval Congress (IMC), Leeds, 7 July 2014.

“Monastic communication centres & Fratres regulares et irregulares, Centre for Dominican Studies of Dacia, sessions held at the International Medieval Congress (IMC), Leeds, 10 July 2012.

“Preachers of Poverty - Dominican mediation between Poor and Rich in the Middle Ages, Centre for Dominican Studies of Dacia, session held at the International Medieval Congress (IMC), Leeds, 12 July 2011.

“Monks on the Move - Religious travelling in and from medieval Scandinavia, Centre for Dominican Studies of Dacia, session held at the International Medieval Congress (IMC), Leeds, 12-15 July 2010.

Udskiftningskort og Original-1-kort ca. 1780-1822 : Hvad kan kortene bruges til i dag?, HisKIS, Copenhagen, 23 October 2008.

Interdisciplinary torp-conference, Torp-forum, Malmö, 25-27 April 2007.



Participation in research fora and scholarly steering committees

In connection with my year-long interest for medieval agriculture and settlement, I have obtained several contacts to scholars of similar interest within the schools of history and geography, but also from related disciplines such as archaeology and place-name studies. Based on this, a fellow Roskilde student Peder Dam and I took initiative in 2003 to the establishing of an interdisciplinary and informal research group called “Torp-forum” with biannual meetings and the participation of a number of the leading scholars in Denmark and Scania within the fields of place-name studies, archaeology, settlement history and agricultural history, whom all have a common - although for some rather peripheral - interest in Scandinavian torp-settlements. The forum arranged an open Interdisciplinary torp-conference on the 25-27 April 2007 in Malmö. An anthology with papers from the conference and the preceding forums, “Torp - som ortnamn och bebyggelse”, has been published in 2009. At the book presentation in Lund 2010, I gave a lecture in Danish on the historiography of the dating of thorps (“Torpernes datering - En forskningshistorik fra 1706 og frem til idag”).


As a Scandinavian-based name scholar I am also member of NORNA, Nordiska samarbetskommittén för namnforskning (The Nordic Cooperative Committee for Onomastic Research), an association founded in 1971 with the aim to promote onomastic research (i.e. studies in place-names and personal names) within the Nordic countries and to encourage cooperation among scholars across the national borders. This is mainly implemented through organization of semiannual symposia and subsequent publication of conference proceedings.

In the  period 2006-09, I have participated in the board of Historisk Samfund for Nordvestsjælland (Historical Society for North-Western Zealand), a society existing from 1906 to 2014 as a community of museums and local-historical archives in north-western Zealand, together with all other individuals interested in the history of the region - such as myself. The main task of the board was to take care of the edition and publication of the society yearbookFra Nordvestsjælland, with numerous articles on cultural history of the region.


 Index for articles in Fra Nordvestsjælland 1907-2011 (in Danish)



I have also joined the board of the Center for Middelalderstudier (Centre for Medieval Studies) at the University of Southern Denmark, which is an interdisciplinary forum for the universitys historians, philologists, ethnologists, archaeologist, etcetera, with a special interest for studies of the Middle Ages. The centre arranges open meetings and seminars, publish medieval-related publications, and keeps contact to similar centres in Denmark and abroad.


In 2008 I have entered the organizing group of HisKIS (Historical Cartographic Informations System), which is an interdisciplinary and trans-institutional network in Denmark existing since 2001 with the purpose of increasing the knowledge of historical maps, aerial photos and historical geodata, and to promote scientific use of historical-cartographical source material in general. This has mainly been carried out by arranging a number of conferences, seminars and workshops. Furthermore, an important part of HisKIS’ overall aim is to create scholarly contact between people using historical maps and geodata in Denmark, and to register, collect and eventually give web access to digital mappings of historical geodata. Personally, I have mainly been involved with digitalization of medieval geodata. In addition to this, I was the co-organizer of a seminar on the practical usage and possibilities of Danish land-register maps from c.1780-1822, which took place in Copenhagen in October 2008.



Since 2008, I have been a member of Landbohistorisk Selskab, a society aiming to endorse knowledge and research in the rural history of Denmark by organizing seminars and publishing books on rural history - including the peer-reviewed biannual journal Landbohistorisk Tidsskrift.


Since 2012, I have been a member of Dansk Selskab for Oldtids- og Middelalderforskning (Danish Society for Research in Ancient and Medieval History), a Copenhagen-based society founded in 1934 for people of all ages and occupations interested in ancient and medieval history. The society typically assembles six times a year for lectures on relevant topics. 

Finally, since 2014 I am board member of Selskabet for Danmarks Kirkehistorie (Society for Ecclesiastical History of Denmark), a society founded in 1849 with focus on publication of the annual journal Kirkehistoriske Samlinger.

Of formally sponsored research networks, I am currently taking part in Øresundsregionens Historisk-Geografiske Netværk (2013-2015), an interdisciplinary network of scholars from especially Lund University and University of Copenhagen working with digital data sets concerning the historical geography of Skåne and Sjælland; the network organises workshops and a conference (planned for 2015) and is sponsored by Einar Hansens Forskningsfond.

I am also member of the Cognitive Toponomy Research Project (2014-2015), an interdisciplinary network of scholars from the universities of Glasgow, St. Andrews and Copenhagen with a shared interest in how place-names can be used to understand human conceptualisation of place; the network organises symposia and a conference (planned for 2015) and is sponsored by The Royal Society of Edinburgh.


 Awards and scholarships

Together with my fellow student in Roskilde, Peder Dam, I received Rockwool-Legatet 2003, an award given each year at the University of Roskilde to students, who have shown an extraordinary vocational, committed, and original study effort. Along with the award comes DKKK 25,000, donated by Rockwool International Ltd., which for my half part were used on study trips to the universities of Ghent and Belfast related to the writing of my thesis.

In connection with my appointment as a PhD-student at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) for the period 2005-08, I have been granted a three-years scholarship for the writing of my dissertation on the Dominicans in medieval Denmark. The scholarship is donated by The Danish Research Council of the Humanities to be distributed by the Faculty of Humanities at SDU.

In the Autumn of 2008, I have been granted a postdoctoral fellowship by The Danish Research Council of Culture & Communication for a two-years study on Dominicans in medieval Scandinavia with affiliation to the University of Copenhagen.


Presentation of other research areas

Together with my friend and colleague of interest throughout the graduate years, Peder Dam, I have tried to implement the use of G.I.S.-technology on various old established research areas in History, Geography and Geology. An example of this is the digitalization of the so-called countings of indicator boulders (Danish: ledeblokketællinger) performed by Danish geologists Vilhelm and Kjeld Milthers in the first half of the twentieth century. With G.I.S., we also tried to analyse these old sets of data for new geological knowledge.


 Milthers indicator boulders exposed to G.I.S. (in Danish)



Working as a part time secretary for the parish vicar on Tuse Næs north of Holbæk in the later part of my university study (2003-04), I have had the opportunity to collect and present what is known about the history of our two local churches of Udby and Hørby. The information is both available in two small locally distributed brochures and on the website links below. They are, however, only available in Danish.


Kirkerne på Tuse Næs: Udby Kirke




Kirkerne på Tuse Næs: Hørby Kirke


Presentation of my family

Finally, all there is left to tell is that I live on an organic farm in Sakskøbing on Lolland with my lovely girlfriend Sascha and our fantastic son Theodor.

Salute! I didn't always look like this. For a tour around my 'Galleria horribilis', click on the picture. My wonderful spouse Sascha has her own website, click on the picture to visit it. My son Theodor, simply the most cool kid I have ever known! Check out his photo album here.