The Sixth Jarl Gallén Prize is awarded to Professor Stephen Mitchell of Harvard University

The Jarl Gallén Prize is awarded once every three years to a medievalist whose research is focused on Northern Europe. The prize was created by the Thure Gallén Foundation in 2003 in memory of Jarl Gallén (1908–1990), Professor of History at the University of Helsinki. The previous winners are Sverre Bagge, Monika Hedlund, Anders Andrén, Lars Boje Mortensen, and Lena Liepe.

Prof. Stephen Mitchell of Harvard University is an eminent authority on Scandinavian culture and life in the Middle Ages. He has published on a variety of subjects, ranging from sagas to witchcraft and from medieval folklore to female experience in the seventeenth century. Prof. Mitchell’s scholarly attainment has met with prestigious awards such as the Dag Strömbäck Prize of the Royal Gustav Adolf Academy, an honorary doctorate of the University of Aarhus, and now the Jarl Gallén Prize.