NEW DATE FOR THE SYMPOSIUM: December 2-3 2021
The SwiSca symposia are scholarly events focusing on investigations of swearing and taboo language usage from a variety of academic perspectives.
The events are organized by members of the SwiSca network, an international group of researchers initially based in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, but which now boasts members from Finland and Iceland, as well as affiliates from Europe, the UK, and the US. Previous events have taken place at the Danish Language Council (2012), University of Oslo (2013), Uppsala University (2015), University of Southern Denmark (2016), Helsinki University (2017) and Södertörn University (2018).
This year, the symposium is organized by The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies.
Professor Ármann Jakobsson
The trolls take thy boasting and bragging:
The Meaning of medieval cursing
In this paper, two invocations of trolls in Njáls saga will be explored in depth in order to establish what such curses mean, how they function and who uses them. Also discussed is the context of these curses: religious conversion, the place of superstition and the resilience of ancient paranormal figures within a newly Christianised society.
Ármann Jakobsson is a professor in medieval Icelandic literature at the University of Iceland.
Call for papers and registration
The 7th SwiSca symposium will be held in Reykjavik December 2-3 2021. There is no registration fee.
If you are interested in giving a paper (20 min. + 10 min. discussion) or attending the event, please contact the organizer (helga.hilmisdottir at arnastofnun.is).
Helga Hilmisdóttir - The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies
Kristy Beers Fägersten - Södertörn University
Marianne Rathje - The Danish Language Council
Deadline for abstracts: September 1 2021
Information of acceptance: September 14 2021
Deadline for registration (attendance only): Nov 25 2021
(20 min. from the city center, walking)
Thursday, December 2nd 2021
09.00 Coffee and registration
09.30 Welcome address:
13.45 Keynote: Professor Ármann Jakobsson
18.30 Network dinner
Friday, December 3rd 2021
14.30 Closing remarks
14.45 SwiSca network meeting
16.00 End of symposium
More detailed program and abstracts will be posted in October 2021.
Helga Hilmisdóttir, research associate professor
Department of Lexical Studies and Lexicography
Laugavegi 13, IS-101 Reykjavík, Iceland
email: helga.hilmisdottir at arnastofnun.is
The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies
-The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies