Archive for September, 2008

Report: Århus Summer School 2008

Here at Old Norse News, we plan to provide reports on as many conferences, symposia, projects and courses in the wide world of Medieval Scandinavian Studies as we possibly can. The first of these is an account of this year’s Århus summer school, run under the auspices of the programme ‘Nordisk sprog, litteratur og kultur 700-1500‘. This is the third such summer school, and they’ve proved to be a great success. I’m very grateful to Maja Bäckvall for providing the following report.

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Promoting Old Norse Studies: From a Publishing Standpoint

I’ve been working for a scholarly publisher for almost a year, and so a question that I’ve been mulling over recently is how one could promote Old Norse Studies from a publishing standpoint. For example, as my former advisor at Cornell University, Tom Hill, pointed out to me, there seems to be a definite dearth of English-language journals that cater to Old Norse-Icelandic Studies (compare that to all the 20 or 30 journals out there devoted to Old English), and there is no place to publish short notes or English translations of Scandinavian-language articles or prefaces.

So how could a publisher best promote Old Norse Studies? What are the publication needs of the Old Norse academic community? Where are the gaps in the overall existing publication framework?

Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum seeks new Director

I don’t know if any reader of Old Norse News is illustrious enough to picture themselves as the Director of the Árni Magnússon Institute in Reykjavík, but applications are now being sought for one of the most prestigious and important jobs in the field of Icelandic studies:

Position as the director of the Arni Magnusson Institute for Icelandic Studies available

Applications are being sought for the position as the director of the Arni Magnusson Institute for Icelandic Studies. The appointment will be for five years from 1 March 2009. The deadline for submitting applications is September 30, 2008. For further details of the announcement:

The Arni Magnusson Institute for Icelandic Studies was established by law in the Icelandic Parliament on June 2, 2006. The function of the Institute includes “carrying on research in Icelandic studies and related fields, especially in the area of Icelandic literatureand language.”

The very best of luck to any reader who thinks of applying!

Viking Society Sessions at Leeds and Kalamazoo

Alison Finlay writes:

This year the Viking Society sponsored a successful session at the International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo. Next year we are hoping to organize a session in collaboration with St Louis University, and I am writing to invite offers of papers on any area of Old Norse studies. The dates of the Congress are May 7-10, 2009. The deadline for submission of the session is imminent, so proposals should reach me by next Friday – 12th September. No abstract needed in the first instance – just a title (and a few lines of expanation if the
title is not self-explanatory).

As usual, the Viking Society will also sponsor and organize one or more sessions at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds (13-16 July 2009). For once I am hoping to meet the deadline of 30th September, so please send any proposals (again, a title is sufficient) by 25th September. Unfortunately the term ‘sponsor’ does not imply that the Society is able to pay expenses. Graduate students and others in need of support may note that the conferences themselves offer limited bursaries to participants in need.

You can contact Alison for further information or to submit a paper title at: a.finlay[at]