Review: 15th International Saga Conference (5-11th August 2012, University of Aarhus)


Things Medieval

If I remember correctly, Þórr did not wear tight spandex and dance about on stage waving his hammer.* The Norse mythological cosmos was not made up of different dimensional ‘bubbles’, and saga scholars were chained to their desks in dusty old offices, not trekking around the Icelandic wilderness in a battered old Landover. In fact, I thought academics discussed metre and metaphors, not smells and sign language. Yet these quirky papers set the tone for what was to be an inspiring 15th International Saga Conference (University of Aarhus, 5th-11th August): pushing the boundaries, thinking outside of the box, and engaging in a discourse beyond that of the medieval saga.

Of course, the traditional Old Norse super-heroes were there in full force: John Mckinnell, Margaret Clunies Ross, Lars Lönnroth, Ted Andersson, John Lindow, Judith Jesch, Sverre Bagge, Mathew Driscoll, Pernille Hermann and Carolyne Larrington to name but…

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