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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1245: Borders of the Possible: Exploring Conceptual Boundaries in Old Norse-Icelandic Literature, III - Alterity and Identity

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Old Norse Network of Otherness (ONNO)
Organiser:Rebecca Merkelbach, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Alisa Valpola-Walker, Department of Anglo-Saxon Norse & Celtic University of Cambridge
Paper 1245-aRace Theory and Old Norse Literature
(Language: English)
Arngrímur Vídalín, School of Humanities, University of Iceland, Reykjavík
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Mentalities, Social History
Paper 1245-bOn the Borders of Identity: The Case of Þórir hundr
(Language: English)
Ashley Castelino, Department of Anglo-Saxon Norse & Celtic University of Cambridge
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Local History, Mentalities, Pagan Religions
Paper 1245-c'Finnar kómu ok váru eigi mjóleitir': Ethnic Alterity as a Literary Construct in Old Norse-Icelandic Saga Literature
(Language: English)
Sirpa Aalto, Department of History, University of Oulu
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Scandinavian

Situated in the context of new research into medieval Icelandic literature and culture that challenges long-held notions of binary opposition, this series of sessions intends to open up inquiry into the existence - or absence - and the nature (fixedness, permeability) of boundaries relating to gender, generic and ontological transformation, the construction of identity and alterity, and geography, culture, and the natural world, as they are depicted, interrogated, problematised across Old Norse-Icelandic literature. Drawing on theories of race, and investigating the intersections of different alterities, this third session explores notions of racial, cultural, and religious identity and its construction across the corpus of saga literature.