5th International St Magnus Conference

The 2020 St Magnus Conference was postponed, but will now take place online from 14-16 April 2021. The 2020 speakers have agreed to deliver their papers in 2021.

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The old wives’ tale might be stuff and nonsense, but it too could yield a harvest in corn and gold, if you stroked it smooth and combed it through. (Marina Warner, From the Beast to the Blonde, p.21)
The old wives’ tale might be stuff and nonsense, but it too could yield a harvest in corn and gold, if you stroked it smooth and combed it through. (Marina Warner, From the Beast to the Blonde, p.21)

Island life would have been impossible without the equal contribution of women and men. Women have often taken leading roles in island communities, running them when their men have been off island seeking employment, as fishermen, whalers, serving in the navy or as merchant seamen. However, is this reflected in the stories that are told?

This conference will explore both the female and male experience of island life from the Viking Age, or earlier, to the present. The primary research focus will be the islands of the North Atlantic, but there will be research and stories from other island communities. It will be a multi-disciplinary exploration, and will include contributions from historians, archaeologists, folklorists, and cultural studies, gender studies and literary scholars.

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