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Kirsten Wolf – Saints and Spirituality in Medieval and Early Modern Iceland (symposium)
November 14 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Thursday, November 14, 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. Saints and Spirituality in Medieval and Early Modern Iceland. 9th Floor, Memorial Library, 728 State Street, Madison. A small symposium chaired by Professor Kirsten Wolf hosted by the Nordic Unit of the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic, University of Wisconsin-Madison. A viewing of Religious and Hagiographic Manuscripts and Books from Special Collections will take place at the venue from 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Assistant Professor Dario Bullitta “A Book for Spiritual Ascent: Scribes and Items of AM 624 4to”
Dario Bullitta received his PhD in Old Norse-Icelandic philology from the University of Siena in 2014 and is currently Assistant Professor of Germanic Philology in the Department of Humanities at the University of Turin, Italy. His research interests include Old Norse-Icelandic and East Norse philology, manuscript studies, apocrypha and pseudepigrapha, source and textual criticism, and medieval libraries. In early 2018, he published two philological surveys and critical editions of two well-known Old Norse apocryphal texts: Niñrstigningar saga: Sources, Transmission, and Theology of the Old Norse Descent into Hell and Pálz leizla: The Vision of St. Paul. Together with Kirsten Wolf, he is currently working on an early modern Danish/Icelandic synoptic edition entitled Three Humanist Compendia in Danish and Icelandic Translation. Moreover, he is editing a collection of essays on the saints in medieval Iceland.
Associate Professor Natalie M. Van Deusen “A Tale of Model Women: An Examination of Kvendæmaþáttr”
Natalie M. Van Deusen received her PhD in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012. She currently holds the inaugural Henry Cabbot and Linnea Lodge Scandinavian Professorship in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada, where she serves as Program Advisor for Scandinavian, Norwegian, and Swedish. Her research interests include Old Norse-Icelandic paleography and philology, manuscript culture, hagiography and religious literature, and women and gender studies. She has published a number of articles on these topics. Earlier this year, her monograph, The Saga of the Sister Saints: The Legend of Martha and Mary Magdalen in Old Norse-Icelandic Translation appeared in print. She also co-wrote The Saints in Old Norse and Early Modern Icelandic Poetry (2017) with Kirsten Wolf. At present, she is examining the composition and transmission of poetry on female saints in post-Reformation Iceland.
*The symposium will be followed by a reception in Special Collections*