Session Title

Encounters with the Paranormal in Medieval Iceland I: Social Concerns

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Ármann Jakobsson

Organizer Affiliation

Háskóli Íslands

Presider Name

Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir

Presider Affiliation

Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum/Háskóli Íslands

Paper Title 1

Chieftains and Social Magic in Medieval Iceland

Presenter 1 Name

Torfi H. Tulinius

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Háskóli Íslands

Paper Title 2

Revenant Child: Demon Possession in Old Norse Borgarþing Law

Presenter 2 Name

Sean Lawing

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Bryn Athyn College

Paper Title 3

When (S)words Don't Cut It Anymore: The Use and Abuse of Bodies in Kormáks saga

Presenter 3 Name

Miriam Mayburd

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Háskóli Íslands

Paper Title 4

When Did the Wandering Jew Head North?

Presenter 4 Name

Richard Cole

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. College London

Start Date

10-5-2013 1:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1140

Description

The session is organised as a part of the 'Encounters with the paranormal in medieval Iceland' currently taking place in the University of Iceland, Reykjavík. The project is directed towards how the paranormal (supernatural, occult) is defined in medieval Iceland. Its appearances in various types of medieval texts, e.g. Sagas of Icelanders, Sturlunga saga, bishops’ sagas, the Eddas and legendary sagas, will be surveyed. The main focus of the project is on one hand how the paranormal is defined and categorised, specifically relating to the concepts which are used and their meaning. On the other hand the focus is on the experiences of individuals and their access to the uncanny and the otherworld. Our focus is significantly directed towards language itself and the cognitive dealings with the other. Various types of the paranormal and paranormal experiences will be addressed (otherworldly creatures, witchcraft, miracles, dreams) and these will be put into context with gender, the concept of time and social issues.

Ármann Jakobsson

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May 10th, 1:30 PM

Encounters with the Paranormal in Medieval Iceland I: Social Concerns

Schneider 1140

The session is organised as a part of the 'Encounters with the paranormal in medieval Iceland' currently taking place in the University of Iceland, Reykjavík. The project is directed towards how the paranormal (supernatural, occult) is defined in medieval Iceland. Its appearances in various types of medieval texts, e.g. Sagas of Icelanders, Sturlunga saga, bishops’ sagas, the Eddas and legendary sagas, will be surveyed. The main focus of the project is on one hand how the paranormal is defined and categorised, specifically relating to the concepts which are used and their meaning. On the other hand the focus is on the experiences of individuals and their access to the uncanny and the otherworld. Our focus is significantly directed towards language itself and the cognitive dealings with the other. Various types of the paranormal and paranormal experiences will be addressed (otherworldly creatures, witchcraft, miracles, dreams) and these will be put into context with gender, the concept of time and social issues.

Ármann Jakobsson