Medieval Research Cluster
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Methodology in Mythology. The Aarhus Old Norse Mythology Conference, Bergen, 2019

Where does the study of old norse religion stand, and where can we go from here? Welcome to the 2019 Aarhus Old Norse Mythology Conference in Bergen!

Methodology in mythology, konferanse Bergen 2019
The Aarhus mythology conference 2019 will take place at the University of Bergen on 31 October – 1 November 2019. It is a collaboration between Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and University of Bergen.

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Welcome to the 2019 Aarhus Old Norse Mythology Conference in Bergen!

The topic this year is ‘Methodology in Mythology: Where Does the Study of Old Norse Religion Stand, and Where Can We Go from Here?’

The idea is to present a selection of important source types and approaches and discuss their potentials, pros and cons, based upon what the research history has shown. What can we gain by approaching Nordic pre-Christian myth and ritual from this angle? And what are the disadvantages or risks?


Musical entertainment by Einar Selvik, known from Wardruna.

Keynote lecture: Margaret Clunies Ross: Prolonged Echoes 25 Years later.

Speakers and papers:

  • Joonas Ahola (Helsinki): Original, indigenous or vernacular? Approaches to non-Christian elements of mythology and religion in Finland
  • Laurine Albris (Bergen): Linking archaeology and sacral place names
  • Anders Andrén (Stockholm): Reading ritual out of archaeological remains
  • Stefan Brink (Cambridge / Uppsala): So, what do we do with toponymy?
  • Sophie Bønding (Aarhus): Typologizing religion: Reflections on the utility of religious typologies for the study of religion in the Viking Age
  • Frog (Helsinki): Orality Studies. The orality behind the source texts
  • Terry Gunnell (Reykjavík): Myth and ritual seen as performance rather than written text
  • Eldar Heide (Bergen): Retrospective methods
  • Pernille Herman (Aarhus): Memory studies and their relevance for Old Norse mythology
  • Jan Kozák (Bergen): The Pitfalls of Theory: The (dis)continuities among the paradigms interpreting Old Norse religion
  • John Lindow (Berkeley): A critical discussion of the concept of mythology
  • Else Mundal (Bergen): Vǫluspá as a source for Old Norse religion in 2019
  • Luke John Murphy (Leicester): Approaching Nordic religion through other ethnic religions
  • Andreas Nordberg (Stockholm): The incestuous relationship of the Vanir in light of post-Medieval material: a comparative and retrospective case study
  • Simon Nygård (Aarhus): The importance of knowing a multitude of religions
  • Jens Peter Schjødt (Aarhus): Argumenta ex silentio
  • Pierre-Brice Stahl (Paris): Reception as an influence on how we look at our sources
  • Michael Stausbeg (Bergen) / Olof Sundqvist (Stockholm): Comparison in history of religion from a principal point of view
  • Haukur Þorgeirsson (Reykjavík): The Dating of Eddic Poetry
  • Kendra Willson (Warsaw): Etymology in studies of Old Norse mythology: Possibilities and pitfalls