Session 851: Medieval Icelandic Farming, II: Remember the Workers!
Tuesday 3 July 2018, 16.30-18.00
|Sponsor:||University of Iceland / National Museum of Iceland|
|Organiser:||Bernadette McCooey, Independent Scholar, Birmingham|
|Moderator/Chair:||Árni Daníel Júlíusson, National Museum of Iceland, Reykjavík|
|Paper 851-a||I Can't Believe It's Not Battle!: Skyr-Making and Memory in Medieval Iceland|
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Daily Life, Social History, Women's Studies
|Paper 851-b||Remembering the Work of Animals in Old Norse-Icelandic Textual Sources|
Index terms: Economics - Rural, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Social History, Technology
|Paper 851-c||Búalög: The Lesser Remembered Icelandic Legal Text|
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - Rural, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Social History
The transformation of raw products into useable goods requires knowledge and energy, yet scholarly discussion frequently skips over these vital processes. This session, one of two inter-connecting sessions on Icelandic farming at this year’s Congress, demonstrates the significance of women and animals in on-farm production activities. These papers take an inter-disciplinary approach to consider women as transmitters of cultural memory about skyr production, a re-evaluation of livestock as working animals in the famous Íslendingasögur, The Sagas of Icelanders, and a socio-economic examination of farm labour in Búalög, a less-remembered later medieval legal text.