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POSTPONED: The 14th Bergen International Postgraduate Symposium in Old Norse Studies 2020

The annual international postgraduate symposium in Old Norse Studies organised by the Old Norse section of the Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies.

The 12th Bergen International Postgraduate Symposium
The participants of the 2018 symposium.
Jutta Schloon


Due to the current situation, the symposium has been postponed. 


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 symposium was initiated by Professor Else Mundal under the auspices of the Centre for Medieval Studies. 



Monday, 30th March

Jusbygg II, Auditorium (Jekteviksgaten 31)

09:00–10.30: Session 1

Session Chair: Brittany Schorn, University of Cambridge

09:00-09:30: Christopher James Mawford, University of Nottingham: “The Hall as the Boundary of Wisdom”

09:30-10:00: Alicia Maddalena, University of York: “Prefixes and Prescience: Exploring Snotr in Old Norse Eddic Verse”

10:00:10:30: Eilidh Thompson, University of Cambridge: “Bridging Worlds: Speech through Space in Helreið BrynhildarVǫlundarkviða, and Vǫluspá” 

10.30–11:00: Coffee Break

11:00–12:00: Session 2

Session Chair: Stefan Drechsler, Universitetet i Bergen

11:00-11:30: Robert K. Paulsen, Universitetet i Bergen: “Streamlining the Transcription of Old Norse Primary Sources”

11:30:12:00: Patrick Farrugia, Universitetet i Bergen: “The Scribal Community of Fourteenth-Century Hólar”

12:00–13:00 Lunch

13:00–14:30: Session 3

Session Chair: Keith Ruiter, University of Nottingham

13:00-13:30: Zuzana Stankovitsová, Universitetet i Bergen: “Narrative Structure, Character Depiction and Motivation in Króka-Refs saga

13:30-14:00: Paul Tan, Durham University: “The Nature of the Foreteller in the Íslendingasögur and the Íslendinga þættir

14:00-14:30: Elizabeth Skuthorpe, Université de Genève: “Speaking with the Dead in the Íslendingasögur” 

14:30–15:00 Coffee Break

15:00–16:30: Session 4

Session Chair: Lesley Abrams, University of Oxford

15:00-15:30: Harriet Clark, University of Nottingham: “How to be King: Co-Rulership Practices in Twelfth-Century Norway”

15:30-16:00: Will Raybould, Durham University: “The ‘Nature’ of Old Norse Kingship — Nature and Natural Metaphors in Konungs Skuggsjá

16:00-16:30: Julián Valle, Universitetet i Bergen: “‘You have left the whole book to our ordering’: Materiality of Law and the Development of Royal Legislative Authority in Medieval Iceland”


Tuesday, 31th March

Bryggens Museum, Auditoriet (Dreggsallmenningen 3)

09:00–10:00: Bryggens Museum exhibition

10:00–11:00: Keynote Lecture

10:00-11:00: Judy Quinn, University of Cambridge, and Stefanie Gropper, Universität Tübingen: “Íslendingasögur as Prosimetrum”

11:00–11:30: Coffee Break

11:30–12:30: Session 5

Session Chair: David Ashurst, Durham University

11:30-12:00: Charlie Steer-Stephenson, Durham University: “The Classicisation of Icelandic Myth: The Trojan Matter”

12:00-12:30: Sarah McAllister, Durham University: “Echoes of the Old Norse Gods in British Culture from 1760–1810”

12:30–13:30: Lunch

13:30–15:00: Session 6 

Session Chair: Timothy Rowbotham, University of York

13:30-14:00: Kathryn Ania Haley-Halinski, University of Cambridge: “Voice or Language: Species Anxiety and Speech of Birds in Old Norse Literature”

14:00-14:30: Ashley Castelino, University of Cambridge: “‘Heyr þú nú, Vígi!’ — Dogs in the Old Norse Comitatus”

14:30-15:00: Rebeca Franco Valle, Universitetet i Bergen: “Art and Late Viking Age Iconography beyond the Eddas”


Wednesday, 1st April

Bjørn Christiansens hus, Auditorium 129 (Christies gate 12)

09:00–10:30: Session 7

Session Chair: Helen Leslie-Jacobsen, Universitetet i Bergen

09:00-09:30: Ben Chennells, Durham University: “Breaking and Remaking: The Body in Creative Acts in Eddic Mythology”

09:30-10:00: Adele Kreager, University of Cambridge: “‘Þykki mér hann ok eigi heill til ganga’: Bodily Fragmentation and Identity in Old Norse Literature”

10:00-11:30: Lee Colwill, University of Cambridge: “Female Masculinity in Mábilar rímur sterku

10:30–11:00: Coffee Break

11:00–12:30: Session 8

Session Chair: Sofie Laurine Albris, Universitetet i Bergen

11:00-11:30: Joshua Neil, University of Nottingham: “TBC”

11:30-12:00: Jessica Treacher, University of Nottingham: “Old Norse Arboreal Toponyms: Perceptions of the Wooded Landscape in Anglo-Saxon England” 

12:00-12:30: Jeanette Beatrice Geirsdottir, Universitetet i Bergen: “The Knockando Runestone: Methodological Approaches to Runic Inscriptions”

12:30–13:30: Lunch

13:30–15:00: Session 9

Session Chair: Jens Eike Schnall, Universitetet i Bergen

13:30-14:00: Matthew Gan, Durham University: “Late to Tale: Variations on a Motif in Old Norse”

14:00-14:30: Kimberley Anderson, University of Cambridge: “Disobedient Guests in the Íslendingasögur

14:30-15:00: Cassidy Croci, University of Nottingham: “The Social Network of Skalla-Grímr: Relationship building in Settlement Period Iceland”

15:00–15:30: Coffee Break

15:30–17:00: Session 10

Session Chair: Erik Niblaeus, University of Cambridge

15:30-16:00: Rebecca Drake, University of York: "Navigation and the North Atlantic maritime world view in Örvar-Odds saga and The Alliterative Morte Arthure"

16:00-16:30: Alisa Valpola-Walker, University of Cambridge: “A Humorous Past: Intertextuality and Parody in Sturlaugs saga starfsama

16:30-17:00: Aaron Sheldon, University of York: “The Ties that Bind: Exploring Love in Old Norse Families”