Call for Papers: 10th Annual Háskóli Íslands Student Conference on the Medieval North, Deadline 5 December 2020

We invite submissions to our 10th annual Háskóli Íslands Student Conference on the Medieval North, which will take place at the University of Iceland April 15–17, 2021. Featured are keynote speakers Dr. Luke John Murphy and Dr. Beeke Stegmann.

This student-organized three-day event is intended as an interdisciplinary forum for postgraduate students (MA- and PhD-level) of Old Norse and medieval Scandinavia. The aim is to create an environment where postgraduate students can present their research projects to an international academic audience and to engage with fellow Early Career Researchers. The conference was established as an interdisciplinary forum for students of Old Norse and Medieval Scandinavia including but not limited to Archaeology, History, (Comparative) Literature, Old Nordic Religion, Linguistics, Editing and Digitization, Manuscript Studies, Gender Studies and Modern Reception Studies. Students who have presented papers at an academic conference before are especially encouraged to submit. 

In accordance with the HÍ Student Conference‘s previous instalments, the theme of this year is left broadly open for any independent research related to the medieval North. This year we will celebrate our 10th anniversary and are excited to expand our event for our audience at home and abroad. Ours is a vibrantly international conference attended by speakers from many different countries, and interested students from all over the world are encouraged to submit proposals.

Submission Guidelines

If you wish to present a paper or poster at the conference, please e-mail an abstract of 250-300 words, alongside a brief biography containing your name, institution, and program of study, to <> by December 5, 2020. If you were an accepted presenter for last year’s COVID-cancelled conference and would like to present the same paper, simply resubmit the same abstract and it will automatically be accepted. The student conference committee reserves the right to make selections based on timely submissions and quality of abstracts. Make sure to read the – submission guidelines that can be found at the following URL:

The languages of the conference are Icelandic and English. Individual paper presentations will be 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Students may apply for either a paper or a poster; the conference committee may offer a poster presentation to some paper applicants. In light of the recent rise of global COVID-19 cases, we are now also accepting submissions for virtual presentations. Further information can be found on the conference blog at <>. Please direct any further inquiries to the student conference committee via e-mail (see above).


Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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