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The Trouble with Memory II

The Trouble with Memory II

Irish-Icelandic Memory Studies

Programme 13 -14 March 2015



1st floor Main Building

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



13.15 – 14.45


Emily Lethbridge, University of Iceland: 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


15.15 – 17 .15


Lucy Collins, University College Dublin: Reading the Viking Past in Contemporary Irish Poetry

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



Conference Dinner


Saturday 14 March

10 – 12


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


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 Benediktsdóttir, 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)

Sumarliði Ísleifsson, Reykjavík Academy: „Their huts are very much like the Irish“, John Barrow in Iceland 1835

Round Table Discussion

Chair: Ásta Kristín Benediktsdóttir


17 – 19

Humanities Conference Reception