Session Title

New Frontiers in Old Norse

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Viking Society for Northern Research

Organizer Name

Richard Cole

Organizer Affiliation

Harvard Univ.

Presider Name

Christina Lee

Presider Affiliation

Institute for Medieval Research, Univ. of Nottingham

Paper Title 1

Masochism and Paranoia, Sex and Violence in Völundarkviða

Presenter 1 Name

Peter Sandberg

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. College London

Paper Title 2

The Controlled Decline of Viking-Held Dorestad

Presenter 2 Name

Christian Cooijmans

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Edinburgh

Paper Title 3

Medieval Identity in the North Atlantic

Presenter 3 Name

Dayanna Knight

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Independent Scholar

Start Date

15-5-2015 3:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1125

Description

THE VIKING SOCIETY FOR NORTHERN RESEARCH, founded in 1892 as the “Orkney, Shetland and Northern Society, or Viking Club”, is the world's oldest and largest learned society devoted to the study of medieval Scandinavia. We are pleased to announce that we will be sponsoring a panel at The 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 14th – 17th 2015, Kalamazoo MI. Our intention is that this panel should provide an exciting forum for the exchange of ideas between North American and European scholars. In recent years, the International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo has become a fertile locus for medieval Scandinavian studies. Particular projects there, such as the Háskóli Íslands initiative on “The Supernatural in Medieval Icelandic Literature” or work by scholars at Cornell University on the Biskupasögur, have attracted international participation and resulted in fruitful discussions. Given the strength of interest in Old Norse topics at Kalamazoo, the Viking Society is sponsoring a panel entitled New Frontiers in Old Norse. This is an exciting time for the field of Old Norse, with new research areas emerging alongside productive advances in ongoing scholarly conversations. Indeed, a brief survey of current early career research in Old Norse reveals interests in cartography, cognitive poetics, ecocriticism, medieval astronomy, object-oriented ontology, racism studies, and many more – none of which would have been traditional fare for medieval Scandinavian studies ten years ago. In this panel, the oldest Old Norse institution wishes to host a dialogue on (and between) the emerging subdisciplines of medieval Scandinavian studies.

Kindly,

Richard Cole, Harvard University.

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New Frontiers in Old Norse

Schneider 1125

THE VIKING SOCIETY FOR NORTHERN RESEARCH, founded in 1892 as the “Orkney, Shetland and Northern Society, or Viking Club”, is the world's oldest and largest learned society devoted to the study of medieval Scandinavia. We are pleased to announce that we will be sponsoring a panel at The 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 14th – 17th 2015, Kalamazoo MI. Our intention is that this panel should provide an exciting forum for the exchange of ideas between North American and European scholars. In recent years, the International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo has become a fertile locus for medieval Scandinavian studies. Particular projects there, such as the Háskóli Íslands initiative on “The Supernatural in Medieval Icelandic Literature” or work by scholars at Cornell University on the Biskupasögur, have attracted international participation and resulted in fruitful discussions. Given the strength of interest in Old Norse topics at Kalamazoo, the Viking Society is sponsoring a panel entitled New Frontiers in Old Norse. This is an exciting time for the field of Old Norse, with new research areas emerging alongside productive advances in ongoing scholarly conversations. Indeed, a brief survey of current early career research in Old Norse reveals interests in cartography, cognitive poetics, ecocriticism, medieval astronomy, object-oriented ontology, racism studies, and many more – none of which would have been traditional fare for medieval Scandinavian studies ten years ago. In this panel, the oldest Old Norse institution wishes to host a dialogue on (and between) the emerging subdisciplines of medieval Scandinavian studies.

Kindly,

Richard Cole, Harvard University.