An Announcement from the Committee …

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With the continuing concern about COVID-19 in the world today, the government of Iceland has raised its travel restrictions to include a mandatory quarantine period for all incoming visitors.

In light of this, we must cancel our postponed conference, which we planned to hold in the fall semester 2020. Instead, we will go forward with plans to hold the 10th Anniversary Conference in April 2021.

All our current speakers are welcome to participate when the new dates are announced. You may submit the same abstracts and they will be automatically accepted! Thank you for all your support in these difficult times.

Sincerely,

The Organizing Committee of the Háskóli Íslands Student Conference
on the Medieval North

Important Announcement about the 2020 Student Conference

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A message from our president and committee:

As you may have suspected, in accordance with the gathering ban by the government of Iceland on March 15, we will postpone the conference scheduled for April 16-18, 2020.

Thank you for your patience. We briefly explored the possibility of holding the conference via Livestream, but our committee and presenters have decided it would be best to schedule our conference during a less hectic time in our lives.

All of our current speakers are welcome to participate when the new dates have been set (TBD as the course of the pandemic may allow). You may submit the same abstracts and they will be automatically accepted. Thank you again for all your hard work and support!

To keep up to date on Iceland’s preventative protocols and other news regarding COVID-19, see: https://www.landlaeknir.is/koronaveira/english/

Updated: March 18, 2020

Keynote Announcement!

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Planning for the 10th anniversary Háskóli Íslands Student Conference on the Medieval North continues with our hardworking organizing committee!

We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers:

Dr. Luke John Murphy is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Archaeology at the University of Iceland. He is working on a book about religious sacrifice in first-millennium Britain, and on a project about the role of ‘ritual props’ in periods of religious change. He has previously held postdoctoral positions at the University of Leicester (UK), Stockholm University (Sweden), and the University of Iceland; as well as having studied in the UK, Denmark, and Iceland.

Dr. Beeke Stegmann is a member of the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies (Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum). She is working on creating a digital, theoretical version of Brennu-Njáls saga as it appears in Reykjabók (AM 468 4to). She also studies the use of red ink in Icelandic leather manuscripts from the 13th century to the 15th century.

She received her Doctoral degree from the University of Copenhagen in 2017, and she received her MA degree from the University of Iceland 2011.

Luke and Beeke were the organizers of the very first Háskóli Íslands Student Conference on the Medieval North, and so it is a particular delight to welcome them back after 10 years of conferences!

Don’t forget to check our Call for Papers and Posters 2020 and make plans to attend the conference April 16-18, 2020.

Call for Papers and Posters 2020

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This year, Háskóli Íslands will host the 10th Anniversary Student Conference on the Medieval North! The organizing committee is planning an exciting three-day event for our speakers and guests to enjoy. We aim to celebrate a decade of success!

If you have any questions, e-mail the committee at HIstudentconference@gmail.com for assistance and we look forward to seeing you all on April 16-18, 2020.

Find the Call for Papers below and also look at the Submission Guidelines page for more information:

Please feel free to download/print the Call for Papers and distribute to your institution or other interested parties!

The 2019 Conference Committee

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Get to know your organizers and please do approach us at the conference with any questions or concerns you may have.

We’re here to help!

If you would like to contact us privately, use our e-mails:

Teresa: tdn1[at]hi.is
Rob: robertop[at]hi.is
Beth: blr3[at]hi.is
Liv: lmm[at]hi.is
Michael: mim20[at]hi.is
Zack: zjm1[at]hi.is


(Rob is also our Vice President of Committee!
And no, all those sweet farm animals are not actually part of the committee!)




Conference Schedule 2019

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It is our pleasure to announce the 9th annual Háskóli Íslands Student Conference on the Medieval North. This student-organized two-day conference is an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students of Old Norse and medieval Scandinavia. The primary aim of this event is to provide them with a platform to present their research in a supportive environment, fostering dialogue, exchange of ideas, and inter-department networking on student level.

The conference is free and open to all! No registration is required for guests.

Click the image below to see a larger version.The schedule is also available as a PDF here. Please consider printing it and placing it in your home institution!

Abstracts are available here.

Call for Papers: 2019 Háskóli Íslands Student Conference on the Medieval North

We invite submissions to our 9th annual Háskóli Íslands Student Conference on the Medieval North, which will take place at the University of Iceland, on April 12-13th, 2019.

This student organized two-day event is intended as an interdisciplinary forum for postgraduate students (MA and PhD level) of Old Norse and medieval Scandinavia. Students who have not given papers at an academic conference before are especially encouraged to submit.

In accordance with the HÍ Student Conference‘s previous installments the theme of this year is left broadly open for any independent research related to medieval Scandinavia.

Participation at the conference is not restricted to those enrolled in the University of Iceland, and interested students from other universities are encouraged to submit. In the past years the conference has becoming increasingly international, and last year the conference was attended by speakers from eleven universities, in nine countries.

Submission guidelines

If you wish to present a paper at the conference, please e-mail an abstract of 250-300 words to HIstudentconference@gmail.com before 5th of January 2019. The student conference committee reserves the right to make selections based on quality of written abstracts, adherence to submission guidelines, and timely submissions of abstracts.

The conference languages are Icelandic and English, and individual paper presentations will be 20 minutes in length, followed by a 10 minute discussion time.

Further information can be found on the conference blog at histudentconference.wordpress.com. Please direct any further inquiries to the student conference committee via e-mail (see above).

Conference Schedule 2018

It is our pleasure to announce the 8th annual Háskóli Íslands Student Conference on the Medieval North. This student-organized two-day conference is an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students of Old Norse and medieval Scandinavia. The primary aim of this event is to provide them with a platform to present their research in a supportive environment, fostering dialogue, exchange of ideas, and inter-department networking on student level.

The conference is open to all!

The schedule is also available as a PDF here. Please consider printing it and placing it in your home institution!

Abstracts are available here.

Friday, April 13 – sessions held in Lögberg 101

14:10 Opening address
Session 1 Narratology: plotting destiny  (chair: Michael Micci)
14:15 Katherine Beard (MA, Háskóli Íslands)

Legendary Swords in Legendary Sagas

14:45 Olivia Elliott Smith (MA, Háskóli Íslands)

Guðrún’s Garments: Textile Imagery and Memory in Laxdæla saga

15:15 Holly McArthur (MA, Háskóli Íslands)

The Simultaneous Story: Interlaced Narrative in Laxdæla saga

15:45 – 16:00 Short break
Session 2 Saints and Pilgrims           (chair: Roberto Pagani)
16:00 Gaïa Sybil Perreaut (MA, Sorbonne Université)

SHE BECAME WHOLE, AND WENT SOUTH AFTERWARDS’: Female pilgrims in the late Viking Age?

16:30 Gregory Gaines  (MA, Háskóli Íslands)
“Wholly a man of the Law: Law in the saga of St. Óláfr the Holy”
Friday sessions end at 17:30. Informal drinks follow at Stúdentakjallarinn.

Saturday, April 14 – sessions held in Lögberg 101

Session 3 Beyond the tradition (chair: Eirik Westcoat)
9:30 Nicolas Jaramillo (MA, Háskóli Íslands/Universitetet I Oslo)

Íslendingabók and the Birth of the Icelandic culture

10:00 Simon van Rekum (PhD, University Zurich)

Negotiating “names” in Heimskringla

10:30 Kathryn Ania Haley-Halinski (PhD, Pembroke College, Cambridge University)

The Oars of the Eagle are Feathers: Skaldic Practice and Perception Beyond Performance

11:00 – 11:15 Short break
Session 4 Digging in the dirt part I (chair: Teresa Dröfn F. Njarðvík)
11:15 Christopher Nichols (MA, Uppsala Universitet)

Iron Age Dog Burials at the Cemetery of Valsgärde, Uppland, Sweden

 11:45 Alba Vichi (BA, Università degli Studi di Milano)

Better to feed a single cat than an army of mice

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch break
Session 5 Digging in the dirt part II (chair: Liv Aurdal)
13:15 Susanne Nagel (MA, Háskóli Íslands/Universitetet I Oslo)

Homicide and Suicide in the Viking Age

13:45 Tonicha Mae Upham (MA, Háskóli Íslands)
One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure: Viking Upcycling at Kaupang
14:15 – 14:30 Short break
Session 6 Norse Presence                        (chair: Zachary Melton)
14:30 Joshua Neal (PhD, University of Nottingham)

‘Northamptonshire is really a border county’: a historiographic re-analysis of The Place-Names of Northamptonshire’s Scandinavian place-names

15:00 Natalia Radziwillowicz  (Msc, University of Edinburgh)

Considering the connections between Scandinavia and the southern Baltic coast in the 10th-11th centuries

 15:30 Annie C. Humphrey  (PhD, Trinity College Dublin)

‘Foreign Gaels’: The Norse in Irish Historical Literature c. 1100

16:00 – 16:15 Short Break
Session 7 The realm of literature       (chair: Beth Rogers)
16:15 Basil Arnould Price  (MA, University of York)

Navigating the Ins and Outs of an Outlaw: Grettis Saga and the Boundaries of Heroism

16:45 Nikola Macháčková (MA, Háskóli Íslands)

The Restless Trolls in Egils Saga

17:15 Madita Knöpfle  (MA, Háskóli Íslands)

The Birth of the Icelandic Novel from the Spirit of Sagnaskemmtun?

Saturday sessions end at 17:45.

 

Call for Papers: 2018 Háskóli Íslands Student Conference on the Medieval North

2018 Call for Papers

We invite submissions to our 8th annual Háskóli Íslands Student Conference on the Medieval North, which will take place at the University of Iceland, on April 13-14th, 2018.

This student organized two-day event is intended as an interdisciplinary forum for postgraduate students (MA and PhD level) of Old Norse and medieval Scandinavia. Students who have not given papers at an academic conference before are especially encouraged to submit.

In accordance with the HÍ Student Conference‘s previous installments the theme of this year is left broadly open for any independent research related to medieval Scandinavia.

Participation at the conference is not restricted to those enrolled in the University of Iceland, and interested students from other universities are encouraged to submit. In the past years the conference has becoming increasingly international, and last year the conference was attended by speakers from ten universities, in eight countries.

Submission guidelines

If you wish to present a paper at the conference, please e-mail an abstract of 250-300 words to HIstudentconference@gmail.com before 5th of January 2018. The student conference committee reserves the right to make selections based on quality of written abstracts, adherence to submission guidelines, and timely submissions of abstracts.

The conference languages are Icelandic and English, and individual paper presentations will be 20 minutes in length, followed by a 10 minute discussion time.

Further information can be found on the conference blog at histudentconference.wordpress.com. Please direct any further inquiries to the student conference committee via e-mail (see above).