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.

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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)

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