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The 13th Bergen International Postgraduate Symposium in Old Norse Studies 2019

The symposium for postgraduate students of Old Norse is hosted annually by the University of Bergen. Initiated by Professor Else Mundal under the auspices of the Centre for Medieval Studies, it is now organized by the Old Norse section of the Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies.

The 12th Bergen International Postgraduate Symposium
Participant of the 12th Bergen International Postgraduate Symposium in Old Norse Studies, 2018
Jutta Schloon


Each year MA and PhD students are invited from Bergen and several other universities to present their research to their peers, gaining experience in writing papers and public speaking, and getting the opportunity to meet students at the equivalent academic stage.

The academic programme will take place on the 8th to the 10th of April at the University of Bergen. The location for all three days is the Law Faculty (Jusbygget, Dragefjellet, Magnus Lagabøtes plass 1), Auditorium 3.

On Thursday the 11th April there will be an excursion to museums in Bergen to which all speakers are invited.

All are welcome to listen to the papers and participate in the discussion free of charge. For registration please fill out the following form https://forms.gle/9BEMyzfPoMPpwnfe8


For current weather forecast see https://www.yr.no/sted/Norge/Hordaland/Bergen/Bergen/langtidsvarsel.html 


Monday 8th April

08.30 - 09.00: Registration

09.00 - 09:15: Opening address by Jørgen Sejersted, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities


1. Manuscript Witnesses I – Heather O’Donoghue

09.15 - 09.45        Zuzana Stankovitsová (Bergen), Adjust and Adapt: Post-Medieval Revisions to the Medieval Saga Text

09.45 - 10.15         Alisa Valpola-Walker (Cambridge), Memory, Intertextuality and Geography in Göngu-Hrólfs saga

10.15 - 10.45         Tom Lorenz (Bergen), Did Danish nuns pray in Middle Low German? – Material, Textual and Linguistic Composition of AM 70 4to

10.45 - 11.15        Coffee break


2. Manuscript Witnesses II – Odd Einar Haugen

11.15 - 11.45         Sven Kraus (Frankfurt/Berlin), Pamphilus Saga: Provenance and Mode of Translation

11.45 – 12.15        Nina Stensaker (Bergen), Bits and Pieces: A Study of Scribes in a Corpus of Old Norse Literary Fragments

12.15 – 12.45        Paola Peratello (Venice), Codex Runicus (AM 28 8vo): A Pilot Project for Encoding a Runic Manuscript

12.45 - 14.30        Lunch in Christie Café, Muséplassen 3


3. Magic and Rituals – David Ashurst

14.30 - 15.00       Paul Tan (Durham), Foretelling in the fornaldarsögur

15.00 - 15.30       Sam Ashby-Crane (Oxford), Eating Hearts and Drinking Blood: Saga Heroes and the Abject in Hrólfs saga kraka and Völsunga saga

15.30 - 16.00     Jennifer Hemphill (Aberdeen), Weather Magic in the Medieval Far North

16.00 - 16.30     Coffee break


4. Mythology – Jan Kozák

16.30 - 17.00        Kara Kersh (Aberdeen), Truly Tricky? Examining the Role of Loki as a Trickster Character

17.00 - 17.30        William Brockbank (Oxford), Þeir er miðgarð, mœran, scópo: Re-shaping our Understanding of Norse Cosmic Space


17:30 - 18:00       MSCA - Information about Individual Fellowship call 2019


Tuesday 9th April

5. Norsemen on the Move – Lesley Abrams

09.00 - 09.30         Nicola Shearer (Aberdeen), The political structures of Viking Age North Britain in comparison with Scandinavian political structures

09.30 - 10.00         Cassidy Croci (Nottingham), A New Method for the (Land)-taking: Social Network Analysis and Landnámabók

10.00 - 10.30         Ingrid Hegland (Aberdeen), The Vikings in Ireland: Barbarians or Economically Strained Leaders and Businessmen?

10.30 - 11.00         Coffee break


6. Northern Identities – Helen F. Leslie

11.00 - 11.30         Solveig M. Wang (Aberdeen), Indigenous Presence, Spatial Relations and Questions of Identity: Some Observations from Egils saga Skallagrímssonar

11.30 - 12.00        Patrick Farrugia (Bergen), Breta Sögur: Why Claim the Trojans Were in Thule?

12.00 - 12.10        Short break


7. Words of Love - Ruarigh Dale

12.10 - 12.40       Isabella Clarke (Oxford), Women as Lovers and Warriors in Old Norse Literature

12.40 - 13.10        Lee Colwill (Cambridge), Poetic Identity and Poetic Address: The Function of Mansöngvar in Medieval Rímur

13.10 - 14.30        Lunch 


8. Anger and Strife – Judy Quinn

14.30 - 15.00       George Manning (Oxford), Ekki hǫfu vér kvenna skap […] at vér reiðimsk við ǫllu: Anger and Femininity in the Íslendingasögur

15.00 - 15.30       Bond West (Oxford), Fraternal Strife and Northern History and World History

15.30 - 16.00       Kathryn Haley-Halinski (Cambridge), 'Bear Your Devil Yourself': The Raven Banner in Medieval Literature

16.00 - 18.30       Free Time 

18.30                  Conference Dinner (Zupperia, Vaskerelven 12 - vegetarian and vegan menu available)



Wednesday 10th April 

9. A Distant Mirror – Jens Eike Schnall

09.15 - 09.45       Will Raybould (Durham), Konungs skuggsjá and the Norwegian Aristocracy

09.45 - 10.15       Juliane Tiemann (Bergen), The Object Position in Old Norwegian: Examining Information Structural Influence on Word Order Variation in the KoNoKs-Corpus 

10.15 - 10.45       Coffee break

10.45 - 11.00       Walk over to the Special Collections

11.00 – 12.30       Visit to the Special Collections

12.30 – 14.00       Lunch


10. Poetry I – Hannah Burrows

14.00 - 14.30       Francesco Colombo (Cambridge), The Prosimetrum of the Helgi and the Young Sigurðr Sections of the Codex Regius

14.30 - 15.00       Leiv Olsen (Bergen), When Did Unstressed Prefixes Disappear in Old Norse?

15.00 - 15.30       Katie Harling-Lee (Durham), The Creative Possibilities of Guðrún's Emotional Ambiguity in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century English Translations of the Poetic Edda


15.30 - 16.00        Coffee break 


11. Poetry II – Brittany Schorn

16.00 - 16.30       Christopher Mawford (Nottingham), Death and Wisdom: A study of their proximity in Hávamál

16.30 - 17.00       James McIntosh (Cambridge), An Overgenerous Lord? Irony and the Kennings of Plácitusdrápa

17.00 - 17.30       Matthew Gan (Durham), Old Norse Literature and the Art of Vomiting