Old Norse Poetry in Performance: Inheritance and Innovation Following its covid-induced hiatus, the third iteration of the triennial Old Norse Poetry in Performance conference will take place at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, on the 21st and 22nd of June 2023. Building on the successes of the conferences in 2016 and 2019 – which resulted in the recent publication of Old Norse Poetry in Performance (2022), a collection of essays edited by the previous organisers Brian McMahon and Annemari Ferreira – the intention of this conference remains, as before, to platform and develop the network of scholars and practitioners mutually interested in the poetic performance traditions of medieval Scandinavia.
With the theme ‘Inheritance and Innovation’, the 2023 programme aims to reflect even more completely the diversity in the performance traditions of the Old Norse source material, the scholarly traditions within the field, and the new, interdisciplinary perspectives being developed today. To this end, this conference will maintain the format of its previous iterations, showcasing academic research, practical performances, and the possibilities offered by combining the two.
The organisers invite proposals for 20-minute papers and/or performances, which might cover, but need not be limited to, the following:
• Comparative approaches to eddic, skaldic, and rímur performances
• Legacies of performance traditions
• The ‘beyond-the-page’ approach to source texts
• The effects of translation on performance
• Legacies of scholarly traditions
• Interdisciplinary adaptations of Old Norse poems
Proposals should be no more than 300 words and should be sent to email@example.com, accompanied by a brief biographical note, by midnight on 17th February 2023.
For more information, please visit the conference website , or contact the organisers, Inés García López, Clare Mulley, Richard Munro, and Ben Chennells, at the email address given above.