Welcome to Norse in the North!

Registration for the 2016 Norse in the North Conference (4 June 2016, University of York) is OPEN.

The cost is £10 and this will include lunch and tea/coffee and cake on the day. We also hope to have a conference dinner of sorts, if enough people want to come and eat! This will be at individual cost, at a pub or restaurant close to the conference venue or the train station for convenience.

Please follow this link for details.


2015 Conference – Announcement of Speakers

NITN Leaflet (2015)

Thank you all for your proposals! We had a very tough time of it narrowing them down given the high quality of abstracts this year, but we have now confirmed that our speakers for this year’s Norse in the North conference are:

James Buckley (Cambridge, MPhil) – ‘Inspiration and Inebriation: The Transformative Powers of Alcoholic and Magical Drinks in Old Norse Literature’

Caitlin Ellis (Cambridge, PhD) – ‘Political Constructions in Prose and Verse Accounts of Magnús berfœttr’

Annemari Ferreira (Oxford, PhD) – ‘Performing Presence: Speaking Power into Absence in an Itinerant Kingship’

Giles Knox (Durham, MA) – ‘Anarchy at the Alþing: The Politics of Egill Skallagrímsson’

Valerie Legg (Leeds, MA) – ‘The Passion and Miracles of the Blessed Óláfr: A Critical Analysis’

Tom Spray (Durham, PhD) – ‘Hlíðarendi: A Victorian Nationalist Ideal’

Heidi Stoner (York, PhD) – ‘Rough Stones: Sculpture in the Early Medieval Insular World’

Professor Judith Jesch (Nottingham) – ‘Runes and Royals: Concepts of Kingship in Runic Inscriptions’

Thanks again for all your submissions; we’ll have more information on the actual schedule of the conference in the coming weeks!

2015 Conference – Call for Papers

NITN call for papers

The call for papers for this year’s Norse in the North Conference is now being sent out. For anyone interested in submitting an abstract for consideration, here are the details for submission:

Fourth Annual Conference
Durham University, 13 June 2015

Keynote address: Professor Judith Jesch (University of Nottingham)

The Norse in the North project invites proposals from postgraduate students for its annual conference, to be held at Durham University, along the themes of Power and Politics in Old Norse literature and mythology. Possible topics include (but are by no means limited to): empowerment and marginalisation; political thought; negotiations of power; sexual politics; alternative power structures; and (inter-)nationalism.

Please contact norseinthenorth2015@gmail.com with abstracts of 200–300 words for 20-minute papers by 19 January 2015. The conference is an international event and proposals are welcomed from all institutions, from Masters students and doctoral candidates alike.

We look forward to reading your proposals!

Keynote Address Announcement – Professor Judith Jesch

We are delighted to announce that the keynote speaker at this year’s Norse in the North Conference will be Professor Judith Jesch of the University of Nottingham. Judith is a major figure in the field of Old Norse and Viking Studies and, as a former alumna of both Durham University and of St Aidan’s College (which will host next year’s event), it is a great honour for us to have her back in Durham to present our keynote address.

Judith’s best-known publications include the books Women in the Viking Age (1991) and Ships and Men in the Late Viking Age (2001); she has also recently published the popular illustrated collection Viking Poems of Love and War (2013). As the director of Nottingham’s Centre for the Study of the Viking Age, Judith has also coordinated numerous outreach projects designed to advance knowledge and understanding of Old Norse and Viking Studies between local communities and universities nationwide.

We look forward to welcoming Judith back to Durham as our guest, and we hope to see many others from Nottingham at the conference as well!