The conference aims to facilitate the
incorporation of folkloristic material and approaches into Old Norse studies as
well as to encourage the use of Scandinavian material from the 1400s through to
the 1600s to throw new light on the earlier traditions about supernatural
beings, encounters and events in Old Norse literature.
Six keynote speakers will speak on the
Ármann Jakobsson: Bergbúa þáttr
Barbara Hillers: The Merseburg Charms
Bengt af Klintberg: Selkollu þáttr
Catharina Raudvere: Supernatural Beings in
Heathen Beliefs, Popular Traditions and the Church
Joseph Harris: Edda and ballad: Svipdagsmál
and the challenges of ‘retrospective methods.’
Marteinn Sigurðsson: Grettir and Guðmundr
There will be sessions on the following
Law and the Supernatural
Late Heathen Cultic Activities
There will be 30 minutes set aside for each
paper, with about 20 minutes for the paper and about 10 minutes for questions
and comments. Abstracts should be c. 200 words in length and the deadline for
submitting abstracts is November 1, 2013.
There is no registration fee, but
participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.