2016: MEMORY IN THE PRE-MODERN NORTH

Interdisciplinary Workshop, Aarhus University

April 25, 2016 at Aarhus University

Participants included: Agnes Arnorsdóttir, Sophie Bønding, Jürg Glauser, Pernille Hermann, Hans Henrik Lohfert Jørgensen, Wulf Kansteiner, Stephen Mitchell, Simon Nygaard, Jens Peter Schjødt, and Lisbet Torfing.


Past workshops and events

2012: The Ambiguities of Memory Construction in Medieval Texts: The Nordic Case (Cambridge, Massachusetts USA)

April 13-14, 2012, at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Participants included: Anders Andrén, Agnes Arnórsdóttir, Bjørn Bandlien, Nicole Burgoyne, Thomas DuBois, Jürg Glauser, Joseph Harris, Pernille Hermann, Merrill Kaplan, Stephen Mitchell, and Gísli Sigurðsson

2014: Cultural Memory in Medieval Scandinavia (Tønsberg, Norway)



June 6-7, 2014, at Midgardsenteret in Borre and Slottsfjellet in Tønsberg.



2013: Memory Studies and Pre-modern Scandinavian Culture (Basel, Switzerland)


June 6-9, 2013, at Landgut Castelen, outside of Basel.


Participants included: Agnes Arnorsdóttir, Bjørn Bandlien, Nathalie Christen, Maja Egli, Jürg Glauser, Pernille Hermann, Kate Heslop, Anders Gade Jensen, Stephen Mitchell, Slavica Ranković, Lukas Rösli, Sandra Schneeberger, Gísli Sigurðsson, and Laura Wamhoff.

Participants included: Agnes Arnorsdóttir, Bjørn Bandlien, Jürg Glauser, Pernille Hermann, Kate Heslop, Verena Hoefig, Stephen Mitchell, Mathias Nordvig, Frida Espolin Norstein, Slavica Ranković, Lukas Rösli, Sandra Schneeberger, and Gísli Sigurðsson.

2015: Pre-Modern Nordic Memory Studies. An International Seminar (Zürich, Switzerland)


November 14-16, 2015, at the University of Zürich


Participants included: Janina Fontanive, Jürg Glauser, Gísli Sigurðsson, Pernille Hermann, Kate Heslop, Karl G. Johansson, Dale Kedwards, Sarah Künzler, Stephen A. Mitchell, Kevin Müller, Klaus Müller-Wille, Marie Novotná, Ragnheiður Hafstað, Slavica Ranković, Lena Rohrbach, Lukas Rösli, Justus Mathis Schmitz-Hübsch, Marek Tamm, Michael Trindler, Torfi Tulinius, Maria Zucker

2015: The Trouble With Memory II: The Middle Ages, Landscape, Heritage, Crisis, War, Travel.

March 13-14, 2015, at the University of Iceland

Organising institution: Centre for Studies in Memory and Literature, University of Iceland.

Paper presented collectively by Prof. Jürg Glauser, Assoc. Prof. Pernille Hermann and Prof. Stephen Mitchell

Abstract: Old Norse Memory Studies

Initial investigations have shown that memory studies can provide a useful methodological and theoretical framework for understanding Old Norse literature and culture in new ways and interest in combining memory studies with Old Norse literature and culture is growing steadily. Old Norse literature is significantly preoccupied with the past and offers a unique opportunity to investigate such themes as construction and identity, medieval perceptions of memory, memory imagery and metaphors, and the relevance of media for memory. This presentation deals with the state-of-the-art of Old Norse memory studies and presents current research within the field, including ongoing projects, such as a planned multi-authored Handbook of Nordic Memory Studies, the Memory and the Pre-Modern North research network, recent publications, and Old Norse memory seminars that have been held annually since 2012.

2015:Round table discussion on “Memory Studies, Old Norse, and the Disciplines”

At the 16th International Saga Conference in Zürich and Basel, Switzerland, August 2015.

Speakers addressed how 'recent' work in memory studies intersects with and influences their own work in Old Norse from the point of view of the disciplines each represents (i.e., history, folkloristics, linguistics, literature and so on— including cross-disciplinary approaches).

Organised by Stephen Mitchell (Harvard University)

Presentations by Stefan Brink (University of Aberdeen); Terry Gunnell (University of Iceland); Verena Hoefig (University of California, Berkeley); Sverrir Jakobsson (University of Iceland); and Slavica Rankovic (University of Leeds)

2017: Nature, Landscape, and Place:

Memory Studies in the Nordic Middle Ages

January 19-20, 2017, Kungl. Gustav Adolfs Akademien, Uppsala

Participants included: Daria Aeberhard, Stefan Brink, Thomas DuBois, Janina Fontanive, Gísli Sigurðsson, Jürg Glauser, Monika Gradalska, Terry Gunnell, Katharina Heinz, Reinhard Hennig, Pernille Hermann, Kate Heslop, Jón Karl Helgason, Sarah Künzler, John Ljungkvist, Steve Mitchell, Kevin Müller, Anne Pedersen, Ragnheiður Hafstað, Lena Röhrbach, Lukas Rösli, Sandra Schneeberger, and Sigurlín Bjarney Gísladóttir.