Provisional Conference Programme:
Northern Myths, Modern Identities: The Nationalization of Mythologies in Northern Europe 1800-2014
Groningen, 27-29 November 2014
Thursday 27 November
Session 1: The North as a mythical space.
Moderator: Simon Halink (University of Groningen)
- Kim Simonsen (University of Amsterdam): Pan-Scandinavism and the use of mythology in C.C. Rafn’s and Rasmus Rask’s early philological work.
- Gylfi Gunnlaugsson (Reykjavik Academy): Norse Myths, Nordic Identities: The Special Case of Iceland
- Sumarliði R. Ísleifsson (University of Iceland): Pliny Miles, Myths and Modernity in the mid-19th Century
- Thomas Mohnike (University of Strasbourg): Rasmus Rask and the imaginative geographies of the North through comparative philology
Session 2 : Modern Scandinavian literature.
Moderator: Goffe Jensma (University of Groningen)
- Petra Broomans (University of Groningen): Saga DNA in Contemporary Nordic Literature According to Dutch Literary Critics
- Katja Schulz (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main): Crossing the Borders – Loki and the Decline of the Nation-State
- Daisy L. Neijmann (University of Iceland): Norse Mythology in Icelandic Fiction of the Second World War
- Carline Tromp (University of Oslo): Odin's millennial crisis: Norse mythology and Nordic identities in Janne Teller’s Odins ø and Cornelius Jakhelln’s Gudenes fall
Session 3 : Northernness in the East.
Moderator: Petra Broomans (University of Groningen)
- Toms Ķencis (University of Tartu): Cultures of Mythology: Roots and Branches of Latvian Nationalism
- Kendra Willson (University of Turku): Kalevala dell'arte and Noh - Finnish epic meets other theater traditions
- Monika Baár (University of Groningen): Shifting concepts of the North in Eastern Europe
- Dmitry Shlapentokh (Indiana University): Nordic Myths and Post-Soviet Russia
Keynote address : Tom Shippey: Heirs of Elias Lönnroth: Kreutzwald, Longfellow, and Tolkien
Chair: Simon Halink
Keynote address : Joep Leerssen: Grim purity: The North between culture, biology and metaphor
Chair: Monika Baár
Friday 28 November
Session 4 : Regional Northernness: Friesland.
Moderator: Nelleke IJssennagger (Frisian Museum, University of Groningen)
- Goffe Jensma (University of Groningen): Freezing chill Chili: The myth of Medieval Frisian settlements in Chile and where it came from
- Han Nijdam (Fryske Akademy): Redbad, the Once and Future King of the Frisians
- Rolf H. Bremmer Jr. (Leiden University) and Philippus H. Breuker (University of Amsterdam): The “Old Frisian” Tescklaow as Invented Tradition: Forging Friesland’s Rural Past
Session 5: The visual arts and music.
Moderator: Han Nijdam (Fryske Akademy)
- Jón Karl Helgason (University of Iceland): Villain or a superhero? The development of Marvel's Mighty Thor
- Ester Jiresch and Vincent Boswijk (University of Groningen): Contemporary reception of Eddic themes in the New Media – virtual "Northern" identities
- Wisse Ruyter (Utrecht University): Nordic Tune: Music and Nordic Identity
- Simon Halink (University of Groningen): The gods in sculpture: Einar Jónsson and his mythological universe
Session 6: The myth of the North from an international perspective.
Moderator: Ester Jiresch (University of Groningen)
- Robert A. Saunders (Farmingdale State College): Neopaganism and Nationalism in Northern Europe since 1800: A Preliminary Analysis
- Mateo Ballester Rodríguez (Complutense University Madrid): The Gothic Myth as a source of political legitimacy and national affirmation in Spain
- Raymond Taras (University of Sussex): Master Myths of the Canadian North in 1967: A Critical Retrospective
Round table and conclusions.
Saturday 29 November
- Excursion to the Frisian Museum and festival Explore the North in Leeuwarden.
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