CFP: ICMS Kalamazoo: Norse Bishops’ Sagas and their European Contexts

Closing date for proposals: 15th September 2013

Norse Bishops’ Sagas and their European Contexts,
49th International Congress on Medieval Studies
May 8-11, 2014.

The Bishops’ Sagas are a group of thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Norse texts that trace the lives of Iceland’s bishops.  Compared with their more famous literary cousins – the Sagas of Icelanders and the Kings’ Sagas – the Bishops’ Sagas have suffered from long periods of scholarly neglect.  Until recently, the dominant tendency has been to examine these biographies within very local horizons.  Over the past years, established scholars, along with a number of graduate students in North America and Europe, have cultivated different approaches; in various ways, recent work on the Bishops’ Sagas has demonstrated the degree to which these texts were informed by, and responded to, their European contexts.  This panel aims to further scholarly projects that situate the Bishops’ Sagas within some of the broader institutional, legal, educational, and literary frameworks of medieval Christendom.  With this in mind, paper topics might include, but are by no means limited to, themes and issues such as: Latin hagiographical and biographical models for the Bishops’ Sagas, medieval ideas of center and periphery, representations of ecclesiastical reform in the Bishops’ Sagas, and / or Norse perspectives on European political developments.

If you are interested in giving a paper, please send an abstract and a Participant Information Form (see link below) to Joel Anderson ( and / or Oren Falk (  Paper proposals are due by September 15th, 2013.


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