Curriculum vitae

for Kurt Villads Jensen, associate professor in Medieval history, University of Southern Denmark


Private address: Hoem Moellevej 14 A, DK–4100 Ringsted, Denmark. Phone +45 6011 2202. E–mail

Born 1957, partner, two children, born 1984 and 1993.


Education and academic qualifications

  • 2011 – Dr.Phil. on a dissertation comparing Denmark and Portugal c. 1000-1250 from a crusading perspective.
  • 2009 – Lecturer msk (with special qualifications), University of Southern Denmark
  • 2009 – evaluated qualified for at full professor chair in Church History, the Faculty of Theology, Aarhus University
  • 1998 – Teaching prize in Humanities, University of Southern Denmark
  • 1996 – Teachers' training course, University of Southern Denmark
  • 1993 – conferred a bachelor degree in Classical Latin
    immatriculated at the Faculty of Theology, Copenhagen University (till 1997)
  • 1992 – Ph.D. on a dissertation on Medieval Christian writings on Islam
  • 1987–88 – studied Hebrew and New Testament
  • 1987 – Masters degree in History
  • 1985 – Bachelor degree in Medieval Latin
  • 1984–85 – reduced study activity because of child's illness
  • 1982–84 – studied Turkish philology
  • 1982 – Bachelor degree in History
  • 1980 – supplementary exam in Classical Greek
  • 1976–82 – studies at Copenhagen University, followed teaching in philosophy, theology, history, a little Arabic, Turkish, classical languages.



  • since 2014 – Professor in medieval history, Stockholm University.
  • 2010–2013 – Danish IP on the EUROCORES–project Cuius regio
  • 2001–2002 – research fellow at the Danish Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities; since 2002 affiliated with the Institute
  • 1998–2001 – leader of the research project Denmark and the Crusading movement, supported by the Danish Research Council
  • 1998 – 2014 associate professor in medieval history, University of Southern Denmark
  • 1995–1998 – assistant professor in medieval history, University of Southern Denmark
  • 1994–1995 – assistant professor on Jewish history, Denmark's International Study program
  • 1993–1995 – editor in history, The Danish National Encyclopedia
  • 1993 – Teacher at Himmelev Highschool in History, three months
  • 1993 – Teacher at Koege Highschool in Latin and Religious studies, two months
  • 1991–1993 – Research fellow, Copenhagen University, financed by the Carlsberg foundation
  • 1988–1991 – Ph.D. student, Department for Oriental Philology, Copenhagen University
  • 1986–1988 – Librarian, Department for Oriental Philology, Copenhagen University
  • 1984–1986 – Secretary, Department of Linguistics, Copenhagen University
  • 1976–1984 – Night watchman, ISS Securitas, Copenhagen


Courses taught 

(some on introductory level, some at advanced level)

  • Eurasian nomads – with emphasis on Mongol history or on European attitudes to Mongols, including travel–accounts and European World view
  • Medieval Latin – one or two term courses or short intensive courses
  • Jewish history – Jews in Europe in the middle ages; Jews in Europe since the middle ages
  • Danish Medieval history – Viking Age, Early and High middle ages. General survey courses, specialised courses in church history, political history, crusades, modern historiography and medievalism
  • Western civilisation – introductory course 500–1500
  • Western European history – Early and High Middle ages. General survey courses, special topics as kingship; papal monarchy; mission; attitudes towards non–Christians; History writing in the middle ages; the Idea of progress; crusading history – in Western Europe, in Palestine.


  • Spoken: Danish, English, German, some French
  • Read: Latin, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Faroese, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, and some Finnish. Some knowledge of Turkish, Classical Greek, and Hebrew.


Professional organisations, present

member of

  • The Royal Danish Society for the Study of the Fatherland (since 2010) and the Danish Society for Church History (since 2013)
  • the board of the Danish Institute in Rome (since 2010)
  • the Programming Committee for The International Medieval Congress, Leeds (since 2006)
  • chair of the Medieval Centre, University of Southern Denmark, which 2005-2010 was part of a Nordic centre of excellence (since 2003)
  • external examiner in Medieval Latin, Copenhagen University (since 2002); external examiner and chairman for external examiners in Persian Language and Culture, Copenhagen University (since 1998)
  • Socrates coordinator, Department of History; Ph.D.–coordinator, Department of History, University of Southern Denmark (since 2000)

Professional organisations, earlier

  • the Nordic Centre of Excellence in Medieval Studies, co–leader of the religion team (2005-2010)
  • the Think tank for Humanities, University of Southern Denmark (2008-2010)
  • the advisory research boards for the National Museum of Denmark, for the Royal Danish Arsenal Museum, and for the State Archives (2006-2012)
  • the Nordic Board for Periodicals in the Humanities and the Social Sciences NOP-HS (2005-2009, chair 2008-2009)
  • the Danish Research Council for the Humanities (2005-2011)
  • the Danish Ministry for Research and Innovation’s national reference group for Social Science and Humanities in EU’s FPVII (2009-2011)
  • the board of the Centre for Maritime and Regional Studies, Esbjerg (2004–2007)
  • the board of Directors, Department of History, University of Southern Denmark (2000–2001)
  • Danish representative in and secretary for Northern European Historical Research Network (1998–2000)
  • the Study Directors board, Centre for History, University of Southern Denmark
    the Steering committee, the Medieval Centre, University of Southern Denmark (1997–2001)
  • Board of Directors, Institute for Oriental Philology, Copenhagen University (1986–1990)
  • the steering committee, the Medieval Centre, Copenhagen University
    the Board of Directors and the Study Directors Board, Department for Greek and Latin, Copenhagen University (1982–1986)



  • Studies and research abroad since 1986 – two weeks to three months, in Firenze, Bologna, Oxford, London, Troyes, Madrid, Rome (twice), Paris (twice), Coimbra (twice), Bergen.
  • Lecturer at conferences in USA, Australia, Syria, England, Scotland, Germany, France, Hungary, Holland, Israel, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Estonia, Scandinavian countries – c. 80 papers at university level since 1988.
  • Guest teacher – one week at Lancaster University 1992 on Jewish History, two weeks at Kiel's Universitet 1998 on Crusading history; two weeks at Helsinki Universitet 2000 on Crusading history
  • Organiser and co–organiser of doctoral research training courses (Copenhagen University 1990; University of Southern Denmark/Danish Institute in Rome 2001; Odense 2007); of international congresses and major sessions at international congresses – c. 10 since 1988; and of seminars with 2–10 speakers – c. 25 since 1988.
  • Supervising Ph.D.thesis – one currently in progress, six completed 2004–2010.
  • Referee for the Research Council of Norway (since 2001), of Estonia (since 2008), of Finland (since 2010), of Iceland (since 2011); for European Science Foundation (2003); and for EU FPVI (2004, 2005) and FPVII (since 2006) and COST (since 2013); and for Croatian Agency for Science and Higher Education (since 2013).
  • Member of evaluation committee for associate professor (2001, 2007); assistant professor (2002); post.doc (2007); and referee for dean on two full chair professorship in US.
  • Faculty opponent at Göteborg University (2000) and member of evaluation committees for doctoral thesis at University of Southern Denmark (2002), University of Göteborg (2007), Helsinki (2007), Brest (2007), Aarhus (2010), Oslo (Theology, 2010), Oslo (2013), Tampere (2013), University of Southern Denmark (2013), University of Copenhagen (Theology, 2014).
  • Member of the board of representatives for the journal SFINX (since 2000).
  • Review editor on Nyt Fra Historien (1999–2001), member of the editorial board of Crusades (since 2010) and Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies (since 2013)
  • Chairman of Orientalsk Forum (1988–94).
  • Chairman of Eastern Sealand Folk University (1989–94)
  • Publications: a little more than 100, excluding reviews and contributions to encyclopaedias etc.