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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)

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