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Sagas and the Use of the Past

The general theme of the conference is Sagas and the Use of the Past; the aim of the conference is to clarify some of the problems arising when literature describes a distant past.

Whether Old Norse texts are read as literature or as sources for past periods, it is necessary to appreciate that the texts that constitute the saga genre are both a consideration of the past and the contemporary situation. It is the intention that the discussions at the conference will throw light on this relation and its consequences for our view of the texts.

The theme of the conference proves highly relevant for anyone studying Old Norse texts of the Middle Ages, for instance, literary scholars, historians, philologists, historians of religion, and folklorists. It is the hope of the organisers that interdisciplinary discussions will reveal new insights and open new perspectives in the scholarly debate.

Please note that the Call for papers is now closed.


  • Memory and Fiction

  • Textuality and Manuscript Transmission

  • Oral Tradition

  • Genre and Concepts of History

  • Myth and Reality

  • The Christianisation of Denmark and Eastern Scandinavia

  • The Use of Sagas and Eddas in the 21st century

  • Open Session


The 15th International Saga Conference is kindly sponsored by 




A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal

15. juni Fonden

Kungl. Gustav Adolfs Akademien för svensk folkkultur

Letterstedtska Föreningen

The Department of Aesthetics and Communication, Aarhus University

The Department of Culture and Society, Aarhus University

Forskningsrådet for Kultur og Kommunikation (FKK)

Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University

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