The Trouble with Memory (II)

The Ireland-Iceland Memory Studies Network hosts a symposium in connection with  the Humanities Conference, University of Iceland on 13-14 March 2015. The panels will focus on Irish and Icelandic issues with special emphasis on memory and memorialisation. Subject areas include The Middle Ages, Landscape, Heritage, Crisis, War, and Travel. Papers will deal with one or more of the above issues, either from a comparative perspective or with an emphasis on one of the two countries. All papers will be in English.

The Ireland-Iceland Memory Studies Network is supported by the Centre for Studies in Memory and Literature, University of Iceland, The Irish Memory Studies Network, The Humanities Institute University College Dublin and the Humanities Institute at the University of Iceland.

Vandinn við minnið (II)

Írsk-íslenska rannsóknanetið í minnisfræðum mun standa fyrir málþingi í tengslum við Hugvísindaþing, Háskóla Íslands, 13.-14. mars 2015. Málþingið mun fjalla um írsk og íslensk málefni með sérstakri áherslu á minnisrannsóknir. Umfjöllunarefni verða meðal annars: Miðaldir, landslag, arfleifð, kreppur, stríð og ferðalög. Fyrirlestrarnir snerta einn eða fleiri af þessum þáttum, annað hvort með samanburði milli landanna tveggja eða um fjalla um annað þeirra. Allir fyrirlestrarnir verða á ensku.

Írsk-íslenska minnisnetið er stutt af Rannsóknastofu í minni og bókmenntum við Háskóla Íslands, The Irish Memory Studies Network, The Humanities Institute University College Dublin og Hugvísindastofnun Háskóla Íslands.

 

PROGRAMME                           Programme with abstracts - pdf

Friday 13 March

8.30 – 8.50 Registration

8.50 – 9

Welcome – Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir and Daisy Neijmann

9 – 10.30

The Middle Ages I:
  • Jürg Glauser, Universities of Zurich and Basel; Pernille Hermann, Aarhus University; Stephen Mitchell, Harvard University: Old Norse Memory Studies
  • Gísli Sigurðsson, The Árni Magnússon Institute: Memory of Ireland in the different versions of the Book of Settlement
  • Ásdís Magnúsdóttir, University of Iceland: Time and Memory in the Saga of Grettir

Chair: Úlfar Bragason

10.45 – 12.15

The Middle Ages II
  • Pétur Knútsson, University of Iceland: Líadan and Cuirithir in Laxdæla Saga  
  • Úlfar Bragason, The Árni Magnússon Institute: Creating the Medieval Saga
  • Ciaran McDonough, National University of Ireland, Galway: “Acht do bhrígh go bhfuaras scríobhtha i sein-leabhraibh iad” (“Because I found them in some old books”): Medieval Memories and Nationalist Intentions in Nineteenth-Century Irish Antiquarianism

Chair: Gísli Sigurðsson

Lunch

13.15 – 14.45

Landscape
  • Emily Lethbridge, The Árni Magnússon Institute: Icelandic Saga Landscapes as Palimpsest
  • Hilary Bishop, Liverpool John Moores University: Rationalising Penal Myths: The Memory of Mass Rock Sites in Ireland
  • Sveinn Yngvi Egilsson, University of Iceland: Landscape and memory: Some points of comparisons between two modern poets in Ireland and Iceland

Chair: Sharae Deckard

15 – 16.30

Heritage:
  • Jón Karl Helgason, University of Iceland: Saints of Poetry: More than just a metaphor?
  • Charles Dillon, Queen‘s University Belfast: The 18th-century Gaelic elegy and memory
  • Eilis Almquist: The Power of the Heartfelt Curse: A Medieval Folktale of Protest, with some reflections on its relevance to contemporary Ireland (and Iceland?)

Chair: Fionnuala Dillane

Reception

Conference Dinner

Saturday 14 March

10 – 12

Crisis
  • Fionnuala Dillane, University College Dublin: Open and Closed Cases: Plotting Time in Contemporary Icelandic and Irish Crime Fiction
  • Sharae Deckard, University College Dublin: Memory and the Market: Financialization, Irrealist Aesthetics, and the “Boom” Novel in Ireland and Iceland
  • Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir, University of Iceland: Comparative trauma? The Icelandic financial crisis and global trauma contexts in Álfrún Gunnlaugsdóttir’s Siglingin um síkin (Sailing on the canals)
  • Anne Fogarty, University College Dublin: “The usual inner throb in me”: Reading Trauma and Memory in Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing (2013)

Chair: Daisy Neijmann

13 – 14.30

War
  • John Brannigan, University College Dublin: ‘In this corner of peace in a world of trouble’: Literary Representations of Neutrality, War, and Occupation in the Islands of the North-East Atlantic in the Second World War  
  • Daisy Neijmann, University of Iceland: Hidden People - Hidden Crimes: Memories of the Allied Occupation in the Fiction of Arnaldur Indriðason
  • Ásta Kristín BenediktsdóttirUniversity of Iceland and University College Dublin: Deviant independence: A few words on two queer novels by Sjón and Jamie O'Neill

Chair: Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir

15 – 16.30

Travel and Round Table Discussion
  • Eavan O'Dochartaigh, National University of Ireland, Galway: Irish Memory and Arctic Landscape: The Visual Records of William Henry Browne (1821-71) 
  • Lucy Collins, University College Dublin: Reading the Viking Past in Contemporary Irish Poetry
  • Round Table Discussion

Chair: Ásta Kristín Benediktsdóttir

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