Epic Award

The Epic Award of the Kalevala Society was founded in 2009. It is granted for significant work with the Kalevala or other world epics.

Epic Award for 2015 to Professor Jan Čermák

Jan Čermák

Jan Čermák

On 27 February 2015, the day before Kalevala Day, the Kalevala Society granted the Epic Award to Professor Jan Čermák for his significant work in publishing a contemporary edition of the Kalevala, with commentary, as well as making the Kalevala known in the Czech Republic.

Professor Jan Čermák (b. 1962) is a scholar of English language and historical linguistics, specialising in Old English and Middle English philology and literature studies. He has studied English, Czech, and Finnish at the Charles University in Prague, where he now works as a professor of English language. Čermák is not only an esteemed scholar but also a translator. One of his most significant translations is the Czech edition of the Old English Beowulf, which he finished in 2011. Read more >

Awardees

2015 – Jan Čermák
Professor Jan Čermák (b. 1962) is a scholar of English language and historical linguistics, specialising in Old English and Middle English philology and literature studies.

2009 – Bui Viet Hoa
Bui Viet Hoa (b. 1962) has spent a large part of her life making the Kalevala and the Kalevala poetry culture known to her own people.