IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1002: Paranormal Encounters, I: Definitions and Categories

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:University of Iceland, Reykjavík / Icelandic Research Fund
Organiser:Ármann Jakobsson, Reykjavik Academy, Reykjavik
Moderator/Chair:Andrew McGillivray, School of Humanities, University of Iceland, Reykjavík
Paper 1002-aThe Taxonomy of the Non-Existent
(Language: English)
Ármann Jakobsson, Reykjavik Academy, Reykjavik
Index terms: Folk Studies, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Pagan Religions
Paper 1002-bThe Fantastic: A Term of Uncertain Meaning?
(Language: English)
Arngrímur Vídalín, School of Humanities, University of Iceland, Reykjavík
Index terms: Folk Studies, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Paper 1002-cMoon Tales: A Re-Investigation into Astronomical Motifs in Eddic Poetry, with Particular Reference to Óðinn’s Encounters with Two Giantesses, Billings Mær and Gunnlöð
(Language: English)
Dorian Knight, School of Humanities, University of Iceland, Reykjavík
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Pagan Religions
Abstract

The session is one of four formed by the Icelandic ‘Encounters with the Paranormal’ project.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. This session focuses on the definitions and discourse of the paranormal in medieval sources and modern scholarship