IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 824: Memory in Performance

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Memory & the Pre-Modern North Network
Organisers:Simon Nygaard, Afdeling for Religionsvidenskab, Aarhus Universitet
Yoav Tirosh, Faculty of Icelandic & Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Iceland, Reykjavík
Moderator/Chair:Jürg Glauser, Deutsches Seminar, Universität Zürich
Paper 824-aCultural Memory in Oral Contexts: Ritual Reproduction and Ritual Specialists in Pre-Christian Nordic Religion
(Language: English)
Simon Nygaard, Afdeling for Religionsvidenskab, Aarhus Universitet
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Literacy and Orality, Pagan Religions, Religious Life
Paper 824-bRemembering Heathen Women: Female Keepers of Memory in Medieval Icelandic Literature
(Language: English)
Ann Sheffield, Department of Chemistry, Allegheny College, Pennsylvania
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Women's Studies
Paper 824-cAn Ugly Head and a Beautiful Mind: The Memories of 'Höfuðlausn'
(Language: English)
Anna Solovyeva, Faculty of Icelandic & Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Iceland, Reykjavík
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Abstract

Memory and performance are intrinsically connected. Performers embody in their actions the traditions and identity of the group. This session will focus on Old Norse performers, how they convey the concept of memory and how the collective memory is conveyed through their actions. This can be achieved through performance both of a pre-Christian and Christian nature. Poetry and ritual are very potent media for collective memory and are at the core of the papers in this session, which will center on orality, women and skaldic poetry.