December 14, 2022
The Department of Icelandic recently held its annual Christmas gathering, Glögg og Piparkökur, on campus for the first time in years. We would like to thank The Icelandic Collection for graciously hosting the gathering; and for those who may be interested we would like to announce the online publication of our Christmas 2022 Newsletter. This Newsletter contains retrospectives on 2022 events such as the 10th Partnership Conference with the University of Iceland, the Creation Myths of the North Exhibit of Student Artwork, and Publishing Northern Narratives, with talks by Winnipeg authors, as well as recent and upcoming publications.

An Exhibit of Student Artwork

The Seeress's Prophecy by Jenna Glidden (2018) Mjölnir World Map by Mackenzie Stewart (2021)
Dr. Paul H. T. Thorlakson Gallery
Icelandic Collection - Third Floor, Elizabeth Dafoe Library
September 22nd until December 1st, 2022

Opening Reception - September 22nd at 2:30 PM

2:30 pm Peter John Buchan, Opening Remarks
2:35 pm Christopher Crocker, Cultural Legacies of Old Norse Literature
2:40 pm Adam Hansson, Scorn Pole (Níðstang)
3:00 pm Katrín Nielsdóttir, The Icelandic Collection
3:05 pm Ryan E. Johnson, The Icelandic Collection Archives
3:10 pm Katelin Parsons, Icelandic Manuscripts
3:15 pm Break (Refreshments from Daily Bread Café)
3:30 pm Karla King, Old Icelandic Weaving (Pre-Recorded Video)
3:45 pm Mackenzie Stewart, Old Norse-Inspired Sculptures and Paintings
4:05 pm Dustin Geeraert, Old Norse-Inspired Game Design in Quake: Mjölnir
4:30 pm Reception (Refreshments from Daily Bread Café)

Bridging the North: The 10th Partnership Conference

University of Manitoba – University of Iceland

February 25th and 26th, 2022

All are welcome to attend this conference, which considers northern topics in history, geology, environmental sciences, linguistics and literature, and in institutions, trade networks, settlements and supply chains. The event will be held on Zoom and each panel’s presentations will be followed by question time, in which audience members are encouraged to ask or submit questions. Email to register to attend.

Friday, February 25

10:15 am Winnipeg Time (4:15 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
11:00 am (5:00 pm): Coffee Break

11:15 am (5:15 pm): Keynote Address (Chair: Christopher Crocker)
  • Race and the Icelanders in North America, Ryan Eyford
12:15 pm (6:15 pm): Coffee Break

12:30 pm (6:30 pm): The Icelandic Heritage Project: The Myth of the Linguistically Isolated North (Chair: Katrín Níelsdóttir) 2:00 pm (8:00 pm): Meal Break

3:00 pm (9:00 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

Saturday, February 26

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): The Natural Environment of the North (Chair: Gary Stern)
  • 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
10:30 am (4:30 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
12:30 pm (6:30 pm): Meal Break

1:15 pm (7:15 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
3:15 pm (9:15 pm): Coffee Break

3:30 pm (9:30 pm): Aesthetics and Representation (Chair: Brynjarr Þór Eyjólfsson)

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).