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”