Call for Papers

International Medieval Congress 2020: Coming Out of My Cage: Lives on the Borders in the Old Norse World

Kyngervi, a student journal focusing on Old Norse queer and gender studies, was launched in 2018 to engage students and academics with various notions of gender and the marginalised in the Old Norse world, in response to the marginalisation of these areas of study. 

We are planning to run a series of sessions which mediate the borders of the normative in the Old Norse world, bringing marginalised identities to the forefront of study. 

We welcome submissions from any discipline, and papers could consider: 

  • Ideas about the borders of gender, and how these borders may have been constructed and enforced 
  • Who crossed these borders, and the implications of this 
  • How this varied by time, place, group, and context 
  • Queer studies and queer theory 
  • Critical race theory 
  • Shapeshifting and animal-human relationships 
  • Disability studies and how we can conceptualise this in the Old Norse world 

We seek abstracts of 100 words for 20 minute papers which explore these questions. Abstracts from any discipline should be sent via email to Amy Jefford Franks and Tonicha Upham at amyjefford@gmail.com by 31st August 2019. We particularly encourage abstracts from students. 

About Kyngervi

Kyngervi, meaning ‘gender’ in Icelandic, is a new journal in Viking and Medieval Scandinavian Studies with a focus primarily on gender and queer studies, but also taking a broader consideration of studies of ‘the Other’ – we aim to bring the marginalized to the forefront. We therefore also center race, disability, human/animal studies, and other related themes. Kyngervi is double-blind peer reviewed, run by students, for students to showcase their work.

Submissions for our 2020 volume are currently open. We will be accepting submissions until January 31, 2020.

We are looking for relevant articles of 4000-6000 words, or reviews of up to 1500 words of relevant books published in the last five years. As an interdisciplinary journal, articles can be from any relevant field, including, but not limited to, History, Literature, Archaeology, History of Religion, Reception Studies, and Art History.

In order to submit, you must either currently be a student, or have graduated from your programme in the previous three academic years. Students can be any level from BA to PhD.