Old Norse Folklorists Network 2015
The Ontology of Supernatural Encounters in Old Norse Literature and Scandinavian Folklore
The 4th symposium of Old Norse Folklorists Network is dedicated to the question of the ontology of supernatural encounters in Old Norse-Icelandic literature, myth and legend, as well as in later Scandinavian folklore. It will focus on the controversial issue of “truth” or “real experience” behind narrative depictions of such encounters, and seeks answers to questions such as the following: How were encounters with supernatural beings, or visits to supernatural places conceptualized and understood by the individuals or communities who experienced them, and what was their relationship to accepted “norms of truth”? To what extent were supernatural beings perceived as physical beings and how was their physical appearance interpreted? How can we use various kinds of sources to gain knowledge of these matters? What are the long-term continuities in the ways that the supernatural has been understood in the Scandinavian and geographically close (Baltic, Finnic etc) cultural areas? In spirit of the previous events of the ONF series, the conference seeks to stimulate discussion on these issues and to bring philological and folkloristic perspectives on both Old Norse and later sources into closer contact with each other.
The conference will take place in the main building of Tartu University (Ülikooli 18), room 139 and 140.
- John Lindow, University of Berkeley: “The essential other: Continuity and discontinuity in worldview”
- Mikael Häll, University of Lund: ”Carnal Spirits of Nature and Demonic Bodies of Vapour. The Ontology and Sexuality of Supernatural Beings in Early Modern Swedish Folklore and Demonology”
- Daniel Sävborg (daniel.savborg [ät] ut.ee),
- Karen Bek-Pedersen (karen [ät] bek-pedersen.dk),
- Mart Kuldkepp (mart [ät] rada7.ee)
- Kristel Pallasma (kristel_pallasma [ät] hotmail.com)
Please register for the conference by contacting the conference secretary Kristel Pallasma (kristel_pallasma [ät] hotmail.com).
Two lunches and a dinner will be arranged by the conference for you to enjoy. The lunches cost 10€ (5€ each) and a three-course dinner on the 11th December costs 20€. I fyou decide to take part in all of the offered meals, it will be 30€ altogheter. Please pay for the meals on the first day of the conference during registration. Please note that you can pay only in cash, so if you have signed up for any meals, make sure you have the required amount of money with you.
We would also ask you to answer the following questions:
- Will You be attending the reception on 10th December (free of charge)?
- Will You be having lunch on 11th of December (5€)?
- Will You be having dinner on 11th December (20€)?
- Will You be having lunch on 12th of December (5€)?
- Are You vegetarian/vegan?
- Are You allergic to any foods?
If you have any questions, feel free to ask the conference secretary Kristel Pallasma.
Welcome to Tartu in December!