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.