17th International Saga Conference

17th International Saga Conference

Reykjavik and Reykholt, Iceland

12-17 August, 2018

The 17th International Saga Conference will take place in Reykjavík and Reykholt 12–17 August, 2018. The central theme is Íslendinga sǫgur and a subsidiary theme will be law and legal writing to mark the 900th anniversary of Iceland’s first written law code.

Plenary speakers will be:

  • Carol Clover, Professor Emeritus, University of California at Berkeley
  • Lena Rohrbach, Professor of Old Norse Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Andrew Wawn, Professor Emeritus, University of Leeds

THEMES

1. Saga Origin and Media

a. The Debate of Saga Origin
b. Saga Landscapes
c. Manuscripts and Textual Transmission
d. Reception and Media
e. Sagas in Translation
Seminar Session: Saga Origin and Media

2. Artistry

a. New Theoretical Approaches and Perspectives
b. Literary Composition
c. Poetry and Prosimetrum
d. Semiotics and Interpretation
Seminar Session: Emotions in the Íslendingasǫgur

3. Ideas and Worldview

a. Cultural Contact and Multiculturalism
b. Gender, Gender Identity and Gender Roles
c. The Supernatural
d. Other Genres
Seminar Session: Hegemony, Alterity, Dissent
Seminar Session: The Role of Magic in the Íslendingasǫgur

4. ‘Með lögum skal land byggja’

a. Violence and Conflict
b. Law and Legal Culture
c. Power and Political Culture
Seminar Session: Law and Legal Culture in Medieval Iceland

Programme overview

Day 1 — Monday August 13, 2018

Venue: University of Iceland, Reykjavík
8.00–9.00 Registration
9.00–18.00 Sessions
18.15–20.00 Receptions at various locations

Day 2 — Tuesday August 14, 2018

Venue: Snorrastofa, Reykholt
8.30 Bus from University of Iceland
10.00–17.00 Sessions in Reykholt
17.30 Return by bus to University of Iceland

Day 3 — Wednesday August 15, 2018

Venue: University of Iceland, Reykjavík
9.00–17.40 Sessions
18.00–20.00 Reception hosted by Alþingi at the National Gallery and the exhibition Lífsblómið — centenary of Icelandic independence and sovereignty

Day 4 — Thursday August 16, 2018

Excursions
Off-venue event: Nordic House, Reykjavík
20.00 Eddas, Sagas, and Comics: A night with Makoto Yukimura and Henning Kure

Day 5 — Friday August 17, 2018

Venue: University of Iceland, Reykjavík
9.00–17.10 Sessions
17.15–18.15 Business meeting
19.30–01.00 Conference dinner

Saturday and Sunday August 18–19, 2018

Post-conference excursion to Húnavatnssýsla and Skagafjörður.

Complete programme

Conference website


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