Session Title

Encounters with the Paranormal in Medieval Iceland II: Myth and Language

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Ármann Jakobsson

Organizer Affiliation

Háskóli Íslands

Presider Name

Guðrún Nordal

Presider Affiliation

Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum/Háskóli Íslands

Paper Title 1

Evaluations of Óðinn’s Magic in the Works of Snorri Sturluson

Presenter 1 Name

Kevin J. Wanner

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Western Michigan Univ.

Paper Title 2

Metamorphosis in the North

Presenter 2 Name

Kolfinna Jónatansdóttir

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Háskóli Íslands

Paper Title 3

“Ok flýgr þat jafnan”: Just What Did Böðvarr Bjarki Kill?

Presenter 3 Name

Sandra Ballif Straubhaar

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Texas-Austin

Paper Title 4

The Language of Birds in Old Norse Tradition

Presenter 4 Name

Tim Bourns

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Háskóli Íslands

Start Date

10-5-2013 3:30 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, 3:30 PM

Encounters with the Paranormal in Medieval Iceland II: Myth and Language

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