Bridging the North: The 10th Partnership Conference

University of Manitoba – University of Iceland

Postponed, Dates to be Determined

Day 1

8:30 am Winnipeg Time (2:30 pm Iceland Time): Opening Remarks (Chair: Peter John Buchan)
  • Michael Benarroch, President, University of Manitoba
  • Jón Atli Benediktsson, Rector, University of Iceland
  • Jeff Taylor, Dean of Arts, University of Manitoba
9:15 am (3:15 pm): Coffee Break

9:30 am (3:30 pm): Keynote Address (Chair: Christopher Crocker)
  • Race and the Icelanders in North America, Ryan Eyford
10:30 am (4:30 pm): Coffee Break

10:45 am (4:45 pm): The Icelandic Heritage Project: The Myth of the Linguistically Isolated North (Chair: Katrín Níelsdóttir)
  • Language Ideology and Literacy Practices in Icelandic Heritage Communities in North America, Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir
  • The (In)stability of Elements of Heritage Icelandic, Kristín M. Jóhannsdóttir
  • Word Meanings in North American Icelandic: More North American or More Icelandic?, Matthew Whelpton
12:15 pm (6:15 pm): Meal Break

1:15 pm (7:15 pm): The Icelandic Heritage Project: The Myth of the Culturally Isolated North (Chair: Ryan E. Johnson)
  • Icelandic-Canadian Oral Lore: New Life in a New Land and How the Women's Tales May Shed Light on the Classification of the Edda Poems, Gísli Sigurðsson
  • Raven Tracks Across the Prairies: Icelandic Immigration and Manuscript Culture in the Canadian West, Katelin Parsons
  • Another Emigrant Ship Crossing the Atlantic: The Poetics of Migration in the Poetry of Undína and Stephan G. Stephansson, Birna Bjarnadóttir
2:45 pm (8:45 pm): Coffee Break

3:00 pm (9:00 pm): The Natural Environment of the North (Chair: TO BE CONFIRMED)
  • There and Back Again: The Double Environmental Transformation of Skeiðarársandur Glacial Outwash Plain, SE Iceland, Þóra Ellen Þórhallsdóttir
  • The Impact of Anthropogenic Climate Change on Glaciers in Iceland, Guðfinna Aðalsteinsdóttir

Day 2

9:00 am Winnipeg Time (3:00 pm Iceland Time) Opening Remarks (Chair: Peter John Buchan)
  • Jeannette Menzies, Ambassador of Canada to Iceland
9:15 am (3:15 pm): Coffee Break

9:30 am (3:30 pm): Institutions and Cultural Connections (Chair: Pam Perkins)
  • Interwoven: Cane Work and Resistance at the Ontario Institute for the Blind, Vanessa Warne
  • The Use of Special Collections to Connect People and Culture, Katrín Níelsdóttir
  • "Ég þakka þér fyrir litla blaðið": North American-Icelandic Community, Cultural Identity, and the Children's Newspaper Sólskin, Christopher Crocker
  • The Hudson Bay Railway Saga, Paul D. Larson
11:30 am (5:30 pm): Meal Break

12:15 pm (6:15 pm): Travel, Literature, and Geography (Chair: Vanessa Warne)
  • A "singular anomaly": Henry Holland's Writing on Iceland, Pam Perkins
  • Ida Pfeiffer and Travels in Iceland in the 19th Century, Sumarliði R. Ísleifsson
  • "Queen of Lands": Iceland in the Writings of Mary Gordon and Isobel Wylie Hutchison, Ingibjörg Ágústsdóttir
  • Building Bridges in His Name: Icelandic and Western Icelandic Missionaries in Early 20th-Century Asia, Kristín Ingvarsdóttir
2:15 pm (8:15 pm): Coffee Break

2:30 pm (8:30 pm): Aesthetics and Representation (Chair: Brynjarr Þór Eyjólfsson)
  • Twilight of the Idols: A Virtual Journey Through a Winter Hall, Dustin Geeraert
  • From Sketch to Screen: Creating Norse Mythological Landscapes, Mackenzie Stewart
  • Alone, Together: Music as Refuge & Transcendence, Thomas Ellison

Transforming Old Norse-Icelandic Literature: A Symposium

Friday March 12, 2021 - 9:00am – 3:30pm CST (3:00pm – 9:30pm GMT)

Faculty of Arts
Department of Icelandic Language and Literature
Established 1951

9:00 am – 10:10 am (3:00 pm – 4:10 pm) Panel 1: Old Norse Literature and Realism
  • Panel Chair: Andrew McGillivray
  • Ármann Jakobsson, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in Medieval Iceland: Saga Realism and the Sworn Brothers”
  • Heather O’Donoghue, “Madness, Mythology and Mitteleuropa: Günter Grass’s Transformation of Old Norse Myth in The Tin Drum
10:20 am – 11:30 am (4:20 pm – 5:30 pm) Panel 2: Old Norse Literature and Medievalism
11:40 am – 12:50 pm (5:40 pm – 6:50 pm) Panel 3: Illusions of Perspective
1:00 pm – 2:10 pm (7:00 pm – 8:10 pm) Panel 4: New Norse Creations
2:20 pm – 3:30 pm (8:20 pm – 9:30 pm) Panel 5: Connections to the Land of Giants
Credits — Event organization: Dustin Geeraert, Karla King, Mackenzie Stewart. Video Editing: Karla King. Web Editing: Ryan E. Johnson. Image: Walter Crane, "The Viking Ship" (Photograph: University of Manitoba Archives’ copy of William Morris’s The Story of the Glittering Plain, Kelmscott Press, 1894; see JWMS, 2012).