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The 17th International Saga Conference

  • Reykjavík, Iceland University of Iceland Centre for Medieval Studies Reykjavík Iceland (map)

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

Sessions will be divided between four main themes, each with several subthemes. The program committee welcomes paper on any topic related to the themes listed below. Presenters are asked to submit a single abstract for one of the subthemes.


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