The Viking Society for Northern Research's 2016 Student Conference

The first page of the first issue of VSNR's Saga-Book, 1896. VSNR was originally known as "Orkney, Shetland and Northern Society, or Viking Club".

The Viking Society for Northern Research (VSNR) is hosting its annual student conference on February 27 at the University of Birmingham (United Kingdom). The conference lasts for a single day and, as the title of the conference implies ("The Vikings, Old Norse, and Popular Culture"), looks to be heavy on analysis of Germanic studies in modern popular culture, with an agenda items such as a lecture on the influence of Norse mythology in the Game of Thrones universe by Carolyne Larrington and a presentation on the role of Old Norse literature in the works of Vladimir Nabokov by Haki Antonsson.

Founded in 1892, the Viking Society for Northern Research is an iconic organization in the field of ancient Germanic studies, particularly medieval Scandinavian studies. The organization publishes a highly regarded journal, Saga-Book, as well as other items, such as translations. In addition to its annual student conference, the Viking Society for Northern Research meets three times a year.

Sixteenth International Saga Conference Presentation Abstracts

While registration for the Sixteenth International Saga Conference has closed, particularly those of us not attending this year (including myself, unfortunately) will be interested at taking a look at the presentation abstracts available under “Download abstracts thematic strands” at the University of Basel and the University of Zurich’s Saga Conference website here.

The International Saga Conference, the largest conference dedicated to ancient Germanic studies in the world, will be held this year in Basel and Zurich, Switzerland from August 9 to August 15, 2015, and will feature presentations by numerous academics in a variety of fields. Having had the pleasure to attend the Fifteenth International Saga Conference in Aarhus in 2012, I can attest that the conference is a hotbed for cutting edge research in the field.