On the Horizon: Scotland, the Sea, and the Northern World

The Society is set to host its annual conference on Saturday 21 November. The event, titled On the Horizon: Scotland, the Sea, and the Northern World will take place virtually this year, using Zoom. Consisting of four papers and a brief panel discussion, the conference will highlight current cross-disciplinary research on the northern world and its wide-ranging connections.

The full conference programme is as follows (times in GMT):

14.00 – 14.10  Arrival

14.10 – 14.15  Welcome

  • 14.15 – 14.50  Dr Lizanne Henderson (University of Glasgow)
    ‘”Some valuable notices of the habits of the animals”: Perceptions and Observations of Animals by Nineteenth-Century Scottish Arctic Explorers’
  • 14.50 – 15.25  Dr Matthew L. McDowell (University of Edinburgh)
    ‘Surfing and the Reimagining of the North of Scotland’

15.25 – 15.35  Break

  • 15.35 – 16.10  Dr Patrick Jolicoeur (University of Toronto)
    ‘Peoples of the Polar Sea: Encounters and Exchange in the Eastern North American Arctic at the Start of the Second Millennium AD’
  • 16.10 – 17.00  The Hermann Pálsson Memorial Lecture
    Prof. Astrid E.J. Ogilvie
    (Stefansson Arctic Institute, Akureyri / CU Boulder / University of the Highlands and Islands)

    ‘Weather as Magic and Metaphor in the Sagas of Icelanders’

17.00 – 17.05 Break

  • 17.05 – 17.30 Discussion Panel

17.30  Wrap-up / End


Saturday 21 Nov 2020


Times are in GMT
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm


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