Bertil Nilsson (born 1951) is professor emeritus of history of Christianity. He became Master of Theology in 1974 at Uppsala University and Master of Philosophy in 1979 with History and Latin. In 1989 he became Doctor of Divinty, also in Uppsala, and in 1991 docent in kyrko- och samfundsvetenskap.
His doctoral thesis deals with canon law and its encounter with the domestic legal tradition during the period when the Church in Sweden and Norway was on the way to become an integrated part of the medieval Latin Christendom.
During the years 1990-1995 he was the co-ordinator of the interdisciplinary project “The Christianization of Sweden. Culture and mentalities from the Viking Age till the Middle Ages.”
From 1995 he was employed at the University of Gothenburg, first as senior lecturer and from 2001 as professor and retired in March 2016.
His research after the doctoral thesis has mainly dealt with different aspects of medieval canon law and its development as well as the encounter between religions that the Christianization in the Scandinavian kingdoms brought with it.
During the years 2005-2010 he participated in the Nordic research cooperation between the universities in Bergen, Helsingfors, Göteborg and Odense with the name of Nordic Centre for Medieval Studies.
Currently he participates in the project Medieval Nordic Laws, lead from the University of Aberdeen aiming at making translations of all the Nordic provincial laws with introduction and commentaries. He is also engaged in the research which deals with the Church’s ecumenical councils, lead from Rome by the Societas Internationalis Historiae Conciliorum Investingandae.
He is a member of among others The Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Göteborg, The Royal Gustavus Adolphus Academy for Swedish Folk Culture (Uppsala), and Kungl. Humanistiska Vetenskapssamfundet i Lund.
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