IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1102: Paranormal Encounters, II: Manifestations and Interpretations

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:University of Iceland, Reykjavík / Icelandic Research Fund
Organiser:Ármann Jakobsson, Reykjavik Academy, Reykjavik
Moderator/Chair:Ármann Jakobsson, Reykjavik Academy, Reykjavik
Paper 1102-aTo Dream is to Bury: Fatal Dreaming in Brennu-Njáls saga
(Language: English)
Chris Crocker, University of Iceland, Reykjavík
Index terms: Folk Studies, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Pagan Religions, Philosophy
Paper 1102-bStorm and Stress: (Super)Natural Contamination of Meteorological Phenomena and the Collapsing Self in Íslendingasögur
(Language: English)
Miriam Mayburd, University of Iceland, Reykjavík
Index terms: Folk Studies, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Pagan Religions, Philosophy
Paper 1102-cÍslendingasögur and the Carnival: Eyrbyggja as a Case Study
(Language: English)
Ryan Eric Johnson, Faculty of Icelandic & Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Iceland, Reykjavík
Index terms: Folk Studies, 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 medieval manifestations of the pararnormal and their interpretative possibilities.