Month: May 2018

Presenting project results in Kalamazoo, Michigan

In a few days I’ll be travelling again, this time to the United States, to present some of my findings from the Icelandic Scribes project at the 53rd Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies hosted by the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The conference, from 10–13 May, is North America’s largest gathering of medieval scholars across disciplines.

My talk, “Reading Medieval Literature in Early Modern Iceland”, is part of a session on Old Norse-Icelandic Studies sponsored by the Fiske Icelandic Collection at Cornell University. I will discuss what the manuscripts that Magnús Jónsson commissioned for his library can tell us about his attitudes towards Old Norse literature and what might have been his motivation in preserving certain types of sagas. The session will take place on Friday 11 May.

You can see the conference programme online at


Printed conference programme.