Conference Schedule 2017

It is our pleasure to announce the 7th 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 required.

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 7 – sessions held in Oddi 101

14:10 Opening address
Session 1 Monstrous Opposition (chair: Jennifer MacLellan)
14:15 Johann Levin (MA, LMU München)

Zombies of the Magic River – A New Look at the fróðárundr in Eyrbyggja saga

14:45 Michel van der Hoeff (MA, Universitet van Amsterdam)

The Sami People as ‘the Other’ in Old-Norse Literature

15:15 Julian Eduardo Valle (MA, Háskóli Íslands)

Using Contextual Information for Dating Eyrbyggja saga: A Case Study

15:45 – 16:00 Short break
Session 2 Drawing Lines (chair: Michael MacPherson)
16:00 Zachary Melton (MA, Háskóli Íslands)

The Lake District of England and Iceland: A Topographical and Literary Connection

16:30 Kathryn A. Catlin (PhD, Northwestern University)

Marginal Households of Medieval Iceland

17:00 Simon Nygaard (PhD, Aarhus University)

Var hon borin á bálit ok slegit í eldi: Instances of Procession in pre-Christian Scandinavian Religion

Friday sessions end at 17:30. Informal drinks follow at Stúdentakjallarinn.

Saturday, April 8 – sessions held in Oddi 101

Session 3 Illuminating Runes (chair: Teresa Dröfn Freysdóttir Njarðvík)
9:00 Jason Hash (MA, Háskóli Íslands)

Decoding Lbs 764 8vo: A Case Study in Icelandic Cryptography and Medieval Magic

9:30 Benjamin Eric Holt (MA, Háskóli Íslands)

‘Sá fló eigi at Uppsôlum, en vá með hann vápn hafði’: A Concordance of Literary and Runic Attestations of the Battle at Fýrisvellir

10:00 Karen Langsholt Holmqvist (MA, Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

Scandinavian Runes and Roman Script in Contact in the British Isles

10:30 – 10:45 Short break
Session 4 From Language to Memory (chair: Eleonora Pancetti)
10:45 Kathryn Ania Haley-Halinski (MA, Háskóli Íslands/Universitetet I Oslo)

Kennings in Mind and Memory

11:15 Denis Golovanenko (MA, NRU HSE, Moscow)

History of Notions and History of Thought: On the Emergence of the Terminology of the Miraculous in Old Norse Literature

11:45 Francesco Colombo (MPhil, ASNAC, University of Cambridge/BA, Háskóli Íslands)

The igður Stanzas of Fáfnismál

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch break
Session 5 Gendered Identities (chair: Roberto Pagani)
13:15 Amy Franks (MA, Háskóli Íslands)

The Obsession with Masculine Viking Women in Popular Culture

13:45 Jessie Yusek (MA, Brock University, Canada)

Monstrous Women: Exploring Gender in Medieval Icelandic Literature and Society

14:15 Lee Colwill (MA, Háskóli Íslands)

Transgender Identities in Norse Society

14:45 – 15:00 Short break
Session 6 Trouble with Kings I (chair: Marion Poilvez)
15:00 Deniz Cem Gülen (PhD, University of Aberdeen)

Tostig the Bad

15:30 Benjamin Harrison (MLitt, University of Aberdeen)

Konungs skuggsjá and the Royal Hirð

16:00 Heidi Synnøve Djuve (PhD, University of Aberdeen)

King and Court in Konungastyrelsen

16:30 – 16:45 Short Break
Session 7 Trouble with Kings II (chair: Yoav Tirosh)
16:45 Selene Mazza (MA, Háskóli Íslands)

Addressing Mental Illness in Medieval Iceland: Ívars þáttur Ingimundarsonar from Morkinskinna

17:15 Daria Segal (MA, Háskóli Íslands/Universitetet i Oslo)

Between Image and Word: Outline of the Initial Ólafs saga helga Leaf in Flateyjarbók

Saturday sessions end at 17:45.
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Call for papers for 2017 conference

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The 7th annual
Háskóli Íslands Student Conference
on the Medieval North
in association with Miðaldastofa

April 7–8, 2017

Call for Papers

Paper proposals are invited for the 7th annual Háskóli Íslands Student Conference on the Medieval North, to be held at the University of Iceland on April 7–8, 2017.

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 academic conferences before are especially encouraged to submit.

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

Participation in this conference is not restricted to those enrolled at the University of Iceland, and interested students from other universities are encouraged to submit.

Submission guidelines

If you wish to present a paper at the conference, please email an abstract of 250–350 words to HIstudentconference@gmail.com before January 5th 2017. The student conference committee reserves the right to make selections based on quality of written abstracts, adherence to submission guidelines (see here), and timely submissions of abstracts.

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

Please direct any questions or further inquiries to the student conference committee via email (see above).

Please feel free to share this call for papers widely, if you wish to print it and share, please use this document (link downloads PDF document): Call for papers.

Conference Schedule 2016

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It is our pleasure to announce the 6th 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.

Friday, April 8 – sessions held in Háskólatorg 104

14:10 Opening address

Session 1 Sagas: Out of Control (chair: Zuzana Stankovitsová)
14:15 – Jonathan F. Correa (VMN, Háskóli Íslands)
With an Un-Trembling Heart: A Study of Fear in the Old Norse Sources
14:45 – Ermenegilda Rachel Müller (VMN, Háskóli Íslands)
Is Grettir Antisocial? Characterization and Psychology
15:15 – Helga Jónsdóttir (MA, Háskóli Íslands)
Hlutverkaleikur og valdatafl: Samspil kyngervis og valds í ‘Sigurðar sǫgu þǫgla’

15:45 -16:00 Short break

Session 2 Of Words and Men (chair: Michael MacPherson)
16:00 – Daria Glebova (MIS, Háskoli Íslands)
Þórðr Kolbeinsson: How a Weak Man Becomes a Villain – Approaching the Narrative Strategy in ‘Bjarnar saga Hítdælakappa’
16:30 – Katelin Elizabeth Anderson (MIS, Háskóli Íslands)
‘Vitoð ér enn eða hvat’: Speech Acts in ‘Völuspá’ and ‘Gylfaginning’
17:00 – Matteo Tarsi (PhD, Háskóli Íslands)
Loanwords vs. Native words: What can this Phenomenon say about the Early Stages of Icelandic?

Friday sessions end at 17:30, informal drinks follow at Stúdentakjallarinn

Saturday, April 9 – sessions held in Háskólatorg 104

Session 3 Revisiting Beliefs (chair: Anna Solovyeva)
9:00 – Romina Werth (PhD, Háskóli Íslands)
Folkloristics and Old Norse Studies: Their Historical Parallels and its Revival
9:30 – Gerður Halldóra Sigurðardóttir (MA, Háskóli Íslands)
Managing the Dead: Performances of Death in Old Norse Literature and Scandinavian Folklore
10:00 – Benjamin Sibley (VMN, Háskóli Íslands)
Óðinn, Jötunn, or Jesus? Reevaluating ‘Njáls saga’’s Járngrímr as a Pagan-Christian Deity

10:30 – 10:45 Short break

Session 4 Skaldic Mead (chair: Gerður Halldóra Sigurðardóttir)
10:45 – Bianca Patria (MA, Università di Pisa, Italy)
The Language of Myth: Some Remarks on the Heiti for ‘Giantess’ in Snorri‘s ‘Edda’
11:15 – Nicholas Hoffman (MIS, Háskóli Íslands)
Beasts of Battle: Disentangling the Allusive Knot
11:45 – Karin Fjall Murray-Bergquist (VMN, Háskóli Íslands)
Knowledge in Disguise

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch break

Session 5 At the Periphery (chair: Viktória Gyönki)
13:15 – Aleksi Moine (VMN, Háskóli Íslands)
The Conversion of Karelians to Christianity: A Struggle between East and West?
13:45 – Michael George Frost (PhD, University of Aberdeen, Scotland)
A Muddle of Bishops: The Great Schism in the Faroe Islands
14:15 – Andreas Schmidt (PhD, LMU München, Germany)
Our Norwegian Enemy? On the Role of Norwegian Sovereigns in ‘Færeyinga saga’

14:45 – 15:00 Short break

Session 6 North Atlantic Continuum (chair: Teresa Dröfn Njarðvík)
15:00 – Andri M. Kristjánsson (MA, Háskóli Íslands)
Landslýðurinn í ‘Mírmanns sögu’: Birtingarmyndir siðareglna riddarans
15:30 – Balduin Landolt (MA, Universität Basel, Switzerland, and Háskóli Íslands)
The Self-Consciousness of Literature. Metapoetic Reflections in the Prologue of the Old Norse ‘Strengleikar’
16:00 – Timothy Causbrook (MA, University of Cambridge, England)
Fate as Social Reality in Old Norse and Old Irish Narrative

16:30 – 16:45 Short Break

Session 7 Building on the Past (chair: Beth Rogers)
16:45 – Line Korsholm Lauridsen (MA, Aarhus Universitet, Denmark)
Proto-Industrialisation of the Medieval Scandinavian Iron Production
17:15 – Eleonora Pancetti (MA, Università di Pisa, Italy)
A Cue from a Saga: ‘The Waif Woman’ by R. L. Stevenson and Thorgunnna‘s Haunt from ‘Eyrbyggja saga’

Saturday sessions end at 17:45, after-conference dinner follows at 18:30 at Eldsmiðjan (Laugavegur 81)

Call for papers 2016

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The 6th annual
Háskóli Íslands Student Conference
on the Medieval North
in association with Miðaldastofa

April 8–9, 2016

Call for Papers

Paper proposals are invited for the 6th annual Háskóli Íslands Student Conference on the Medieval North, to be held at the University of Iceland on April 8–9, 2016.

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 academic conferences before are especially encouraged to submit.

In accordance with the HÍ Student Conference’s previous installments the theme of this year’s event is left broadly open to any independent research related to medieval Scandinavia, which may include (but not be limited to) Old Norse literature, history of religion(s), folkloristics, linguistics, archaeology, history, and manuscript studies. Abstracts as well as schedules from previous conferences can be found here on this page.

Participation in this conference is not restricted to those enrolled at the University of Iceland, and interested students abroad are encouraged to apply as well.

Submission guidelines

If you wish to present a paper at the conference, please email an abstract of 250–350 words to HIstudentconference@gmail.com before February 1st 2016. The student conference committee reserves the right to make selections based on quality of written abstracts and timely submissions thereof.

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

Please direct any questions or further inquiries to the student conference committee via email (above).

For updates and further information please like our Facebook page.

CFP in PDF format

Conference Schedule 2015

It is our pleasure to announce the 5th annual Háskóli Íslands Student Conference on the Medieval North. This student-organized two-day conference is an interdisciplinary forum for postgraduate students of Old Norse and medieval Scandinavia. The aim is to provide a platform for their research presentation in a supportive environment, fostering dialogue, exchange of ideas, and inter-department networking on student level.

Click here for abstracts

Friday, April 10 – sessions held in Lögberg 101

Session 1: Prose (chair: Védís Ragnheiðardóttir)
14:15 – Michael McPherson (Háskóli Íslands), “Út hingat ór Norvegi”: Negotiating Norwegian Origins in Íslendingabók and Landnámabók
14:45 – Viktória Gyönki (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest), The Cold Counsel: Family Relations in Gísla saga Súrssonar
15:15 – Ásthildur Gestsdóttir (Háskóli Íslands), „Hun vil sig kong kalla lata.“ Skilgreining og þróun meykóngaminnisins: eiginlegir og óeiginlegir meykóngar

15:45 – 16:00 – Short break

Session 2: Linguistics and Archaeology (chair: Zuzana Stankovitsová)
16:00 – Attila Márk Bulenda (Háskóli Íslands), Language Change in Progress: A Sociolinguistic Approach to Post-Viking Age Denmark and Sweden
16:30 – Lars Benthien (Háskóli Íslands), Bogged Down in Toponymy: Place-Names of Sites of Human Sacrifice in Denmark
17:00 – John J. Gallagher (Háskóli Íslands), The Writing on the Wall: Stave Church Runic Inscriptions and the Practice of Graffiti
17:30 – Oliver Organista (Háskóli Íslands), That’s No Brooch, That’s a Gripping Beast: Living Brooches in the Light of the Hall

Friday sessions end at 18:00, informal drinks follow at Stúdentakjallarinn

Saturday, April 11 – sessions held in Oddi 101

Session 3: Skalds (chair: Yoav Tirosh)
9:00 – Grzegorz Bartusik (University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland), Svá skal yrkja, sás illa kan. The parody in Sneglu-Halla þáttr
9:30 – Lucie Korecká (Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic), The Politician and the Poet: Sturla Þórðarson’s Social Role as Skald
10:00 – Eirik Westcoat (Háskóli Íslands), The Poet’s Role: Heimskringla and Egils saga as a Guide to Snorri’s Vision for the Poet

10:30-10:45  – Short break (Coffee provided courtesy of Árnastofnun)

Session 4: Poetry and Education (chair: Haraldur Bernharðsson)
10:45 – Patrick Farrugia (Háskóli Íslands),“Nis þær hearpan sweg gomen in geardagum swylce þær iu wæron”: A Conjectural Analysis of the Rhythmic Idiom of Beowulf
11:15– Malo Adeux (Háskóli Íslands), Hávamál, Hugsvinnsmál and the Disticha Catonis
11:45 – Beth Rogers (Háskóli Íslands), He Who Learns will Benefit from It: Education in Medieval Icelandic Literature

12:15-13:15 – Lunch break

Session 5: Postmedieval Reception (chair: Anna Katharina Heiniger)
13:15 – Capucine Andre (Háskóli Íslands), Elves: From The Eddas To Legolas
13:45 – Hannah H. Hethmon (Háskóli Íslands), The Way of Jesus Shall Stand: Vǫlsungsrímur, its Prose Sources, and Poetic Penance
14:15 – Minje Su (Háskóli Íslands), Light, Darkness and Grey: Presentation of Hero in William Morris’ The Story of Sigurd and the Fall of the Niblungs

14:45-15:00  – Short break (coffee provided courtesy of Árnastofnun)

Session 6: Mythology (chair: Hannah H. Hethmon)
15:00 – Karyn Bellamy-Dagneau (Háskóli Íslands), Loki in Geirrøðargarðr
15:30 – Bob Oscar Benjamin van Strijen (Háskóli Íslands), How One Was the High One? The Supposed One-ness of Óðinn in Old Nordic Religions
16:00 – David T. Feldman (Háskóli Íslands), As Below, So Above: Was the myth of Skaði inspired by a real world assimilation?

16:30-16:45 – Short break

Session 7: Paranormal Beings (chair: Karyn Bellamy-Dagneau)
16:45 – Anthony Jay Bunker (Háskóli Íslands), The Devil is in the Details: Óðinn as the Fiend in Late Medieval Scandinavia
17:15 – Zuzana Stankovitsová (Háskóli Íslands), Female fylgjur: A Re-Examination

Saturday sessions end at 17:45, after-conferece dinner follows at Eldsmiðjan (Laugavegur 81)

Call for Papers 2015

Paper proposals are invited for the 5th annual Háskóli Íslands Student Conference on the Medieval North, to be held at the University of Iceland on April 11, 2015. This student-organized event is intended as an interdisciplinary forum for postgraduate students of Old Norse and medieval Scandinavia. Students who have not given papers at academic
conferences before are especially encouraged to apply, as 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, thereby granting an opportunity to gain more conference experience and train paper-presentation and public-speaking skills.

In accordance with the HÍ Student Conference’s previous installments, and to ensure a diverse interdisciplinary selection of approaches and methodologies, the theme of this year’s event is once again left broadly open to any independent research related to medieval Scandinavia, which may include (but not be limited to) Old Norse literature, history of religion(s), folkloristics, linguistics, archaeology, history, and manuscript studies.

If you wish to present a paper at the conference, please email an abstract of 250 words or less to HIstudentconference@gmail.com before March 1st 2015. The conference languages are English and Icelandic, and individual paper presentations will be 20 minutes in length, each followed by a 10-minute discussion session. Participation in this conference is not restricted to those enrolled at Háskóli Íslands, and interested international students from abroad are welcome to apply as well.
The student conference committee reserves the right to make selections based on quality of written abstracts and timely submissions thereof.
Please direct any questions or further inquiries to the student conference committee via email (above),

Conference Schedule 2014

Oddi 101, Saturday April 5, 2014

It is our pleasure to announce the 4th annual Háskóli Íslands Student Conference on the Medieval North. This student-organized conference is an interdisciplinary forum for postgraduate 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.

For abstracts click here

11:00 – Opening address

Session I: Gender trouble in fornaldarsögur and romances (moderator: Martina Ceolin)

11:05 – Eduardo Ramos (MA student in Medieval Icelandic Studies), “The Dreams of a Bear: Böðvarr Bjarki and the Battle at Hleiðargarðr”
11:35 – Karyn Bellamy-Dagneau (MA student in Viking and Medieval Norse Studies), “Hervör, A Berserkr Woman”
12:05 – Védís Ragnheiðardóttir (MA Student in Medieval Icelandic Literature), “Meykóngasögur: þróun, uppruni og möguleg tengsl við meypíslarvottasögur”

12:35 – 13:30 Lunch

Session II: Occult themes in Old Norse sources (moderator: Ryan Johnson)

13:30 – Lyonel Perabo (MA student in Old Nordic Religion), “The Image of Seiðr in Old Icelandic Literature: Consistency or Variation?”
14:00 – Anna Solovyeva (MA student in Medieval Icelandic Studies), “Icelandic galdramenn and the legend of Doctor Faust: The ambiguity of sacred and demonic in the fairy-tales about magicians”
14:30 – Kevin French (MA student in Medieval Icelandic Studies), “The Goddess Gefjun”

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break

Session III: Textual transmissions and literary influences (moderator: Anna Katharina Heiniger)
15:30 – Hannah R. F. Hethmon (MA student in Viking and Medieval Norse Studies), “Margar vís með: The Holistic Role of Poetry in Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks”
16:00 – Teresa Dröfn Njarðvík (BA student in Comparative Literature/Folkloristics), “What’s under the cloak of the text? Tackling the problematic Beowulf question”
16:30 – Malo Adeux (MA student in Medieval Icelandic Studies), “Cuaran and the North”

Sessions end at 17:00, after-conference dinner follows at Eldsmiðjan.

Call for papers 2014

The 4th annual
Háskóli Íslands Student Conference
on the Medieval North
in association with Miðaldastofa
April 4 – 5, 2014

Paper proposals are invited for the 4th annual Háskóli Íslands Student Conference on the Medieval North, to be held at the University of Iceland on April 4 – 5, 2014.

This student-organized two-day event is intended as an interdisciplinary forum for postgraduate students of Old Norse and medieval Scandinavia. Students who have not given papers at academic conferences before are especially encouraged to apply, as 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, thereby granting an opportunity to gain more conference experience and train paper-presentation and public-speaking skills.

In accordance with the HÍ Student Conference’s previous installments, and to ensure a diverse interdisciplinary selection of approaches and methodologies, the theme of this year’s event is once again left broadly open to any independent research related to medieval Scandinavia, which may include (but not be limited to) Old Norse literature, history of religion(s), folkloristics, linguistics, archaeology, history, and manuscript studies.

Submission guidelines:

If you wish to present a paper at the conference, please email an abstract of 250 words or less to HIstudentconference@gmail.com before February 17th 2014.

The conference languages are English and Icelandic, and individual paper presentations will be 20 minutes in length, each followed by a 10-minute discussion session. Participation in this conference is not restricted to those enrolled at Háskóli Íslands, and interested international students from abroad are welcome to apply as well.

The student conference committee reserves the right to make selections based on quality of written abstracts and timely submissions thereof.
Please direct any questions or further inquiries to the student conference committee via email (above)or visit the conference blog at histudentconference.wordpress.com

Conference Schedule

Lögberg 101, Friday and Saturday April 12 – 13, 2013

It is our pleasure to announce the 3rd annual Háskóli Íslands Student Conference on the Medieval North. This student-organized two-day conference is an interdisciplinary forum for postgraduate 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.

For abstracts, click here.

Day 1: Friday, April 12

14:00-14.05 – Opening address

Manuscripts studies

14:05 – Jørgen Sandstedt (Háskóli Íslands), “Quantitative linguistic methods in scribal hand identification: a case study of the writings of Pål Styrkårsson”

Nordic mythology I

14:30 – Gerður Halldóra Sigurðardóttir (Háskóli Íslands), “Costumes of the Dead: Putting on a Show for the Afterlife”
15:00 – Katrín Sif Einarsdóttir (Háskóli Íslands), “Horses, the dead, and grave spaces in Norse Mythology”

15:35 – 16:00 Coffee Break

History of religions

16:00 – Katherine Fritcher (Háskóli Íslands), “The Women in the Water: Gender and the Sea in Old Nordic Religions”
16:30 – Ben Allport (Háskóli Íslands), “An exploration of the ‘Universalisation’ of pre-Christian Scandinavian belief systems”
17:00 – Isabel Ros Ruiz (University of Oslo), “The men who came from the north. Viking presence in the Christian Iberian kingdoms in the IX –XI centuries”

Day 2: Saturday, April 13

Nordic mythology II

13:00 – Anna Millward (Háskóli Íslands), “Runes, Rhythm, and Ritual: Sigdrífumál as Performance”
13:30 – Elaine Machietto (Háskóli Íslands), “To Do For Others: Freyja as Eve and
the Bringer of Forbidden Knowledge in Norse Mythology”

14:00 – 14:10 – Short break

Njáls saga focus session

14:10 – Melissa Mayus (Háskóli Íslands), “En þó munu vér þat bragðs taka: Social Determinism in Njal’s Saga”
14:40 – Yoav Tirosh (Háskóli Íslands), “Víga-Njáll: A Psychoanalytic Look at Njáls saga”

15:10 – 15:30 – Coffee break

Sagas and Space

15:30 – Marion Poilvez (Háskóli Íslands), “Who’s Holding the Rope? Trust and Space in Crossing Worlds within the Sagas”
16:00 – Anna Katharina Heiniger (Háskóli Íslands), “Liminal Characters and Spaces in (Family) Sagas”

16:30 – 16:40 – Short break

Arthur Goes North

16:40 – Véronique Favéro (Háskóli Íslands), “The Norse rewriting of a French romance: realism and courtly love in Erex Saga”
17:10 – Ásthildur Helen (Háskóli Íslands), “Incorporation of Arthurian tradition and courtly discourse in late medieaval Icelandic romances: Cross-cultural adaptation and development of courtly discourse in the indigenous romance Dínus saga drambláta”

Call for papers

The 3rd annual
Háskóli Íslands Student Conference on the Medieval North
in association with Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum
April 12 – 13, 2013

Paper proposals are invited for the 3rd annual Háskóli Íslands Student Conference on the Medieval North, to be held at the University of Iceland on April 12-13, 2013.

This student-organized two-day event is intended as an interdisciplinary forum for postgraduate students of Old Norse and medieval Scandinavia. Students who have not given papers at academic conferences before are especially encouraged to apply, as 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, thereby granting an opportunity to gain more conference experience and train paper-presentation and public-speaking skills.

In accordance with the HÍ Student Conference’s previous installments, and to ensure a diverse interdisciplinary selection of approaches and methodologies, the theme of this year’s event is once again left broadly open to any independent research related to medieval Scandinavia, which may include (but not be limited to) Old Norse literature, history of religion(s), folkloristics, linguistics, archaeology, history, and manuscript studies.

Submission guidelines:

If you wish to present a paper at the conference, please email an abstract of 250 words or less to HIstudentconference@gmail.com before March 8th 2013.
The conference language is English, and individual paper presentations will be 20 minutes in length, each followed by a 10-minute discussion session. Participation in this conference is not restricted to those enrolled at Háskóli Íslands, and interested international students from abroad are welcome to apply as well.
The student conference committee reserves the right to make selections based on quality of written abstracts and timely submissions thereof. Responses to individual submissions will be mailed no later than March 12, 2013.
Please direct any questions or further inquiries to the student conference committee at HIstudentconference@gmail.com or visit the conference blog at histudentconference.wordpress.com