Analogues and Kinship: A Talking Circle


March 10, 2023

10:30am-3:30pm EST

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Faculty House, Columbia University

With Suzanne Conklin Akbari (Princeton University), Tarren Andrews (Yale University, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes), Gage Diabo (Concordia University, Kanien’kehá:ka), Emma Hitchcock (Columbia University), Audra Simpson (Columbia University, Kahnawà:ke Mohawk) and Stephen Yeager (Concordia University)

Sponsored by CEMS, Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement, Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Department of English and Comparative Literature, University Seminar on Medieval Studies, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity      

Analogues are a key category of evidence in medieval literary studies. When parallels between phrases, imagery, or narrative elements in stories are specific enough that they do not seem to be merely conventional, they empower us to make claims about the shared histories of texts and traditions, and so also about connections in and between the cultural milieux that produced them. Analogic claims narrativize not only the historical relationships between texts in the past but also political relationships between nations in the present. The people who share stories are generally considered to be kin, and the study of analogues aims precisely to determine which people share stories. The studies of analogues so common to medieval studies are always in this sense studies of kinship, between not only medieval peoples but also their modern descendants.

The first half of the day the primary circle members—Tarren Andrews (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes), Gage Diabo (Kanien’kehá:ka), Emma Hitchcock, and Stephen Yeager—will share thoughts and engage in a conversation about the above prompt. After a lunch break, the workshop will reconvene, and the circle will expand to include all participants in the ongoing conversation. We recommend participants review the following bibliography and welcome further additions to our discussion.

We are asking for participants who attend this Talking Circle and workshop to come prepared to think alongside one another about this complex question, to generously and sincerely discuss the stakes of the analogic methods that so regularly, and perhaps even subconsciously, shape our research practices. The following materials in pdf format will be sent to those who register:

  • Bradway, Tyler and Elizabeth Freeman. “Introduction: Kincoherence/Kin-aesthetics/Kinematics.” Queer Kinship: Race, Sex, Belonging, Form. (2022)
  • Rifkin, Mark. “Introduction.” When Did Indians Become Straight?: Kinship, The History of Sexuality, and Native Sovereignty. (2011)
  • Simpson, Audra. “Indigenous Interruptions.” Mohawk Interruptus: Political Live Across the Borders of Settler States. (2014)
  • excerpt from Williams, Kayanesenh Paul. Kayanereko:wa: The Great Law of Peace. (2018)

Katherine O’Brien O’Keeffe

February 16th, 6 pm, NYU Med-Ren

“Praise Zealously, Weep Sorrowfully: Managing Affect in the Old English Metrical Psalms,”

Katherine O’Brien O’Keefe 

 “Praise Zealously, Weep Sorrowfully: Managing Affect in the Old English Metrical Psalms.”

Thursday, February 16 at 6:00 PM
19 University Place, room 222

The Old English Metrical Psalms of the Paris Psalter have been generally dismissed by modern readers for their lack of heroic vocabulary and tropes and their astonishing fondness for adverbs. Yet evidence of their citations between the tenth and twelfth centuries shows that the Metrical Psalms were the early English equivalent of a best seller. Understanding the contemporary appeal of the Metrical Psalms requires investigating the work of these translations in the context of late-tenth-century elite lay piety. The register of these translations and their reliance on adverbs resonate with pastoral concerns that Christians pray the psalms with inward devotion and appropriate affects. In the absence of the performative circumstances for praying the psalms in monastic and secular clerical communities, the adverbs of the Metrical Psalms work as affective cues to direct the laity how to feel while praying each psalm in private devotions.

Katherine O’Brien O’Keeffe is Clyde and Evelyn Slusser Professor of English Emerita, University of California, Berkeley.

Colonial Entanglements

Colonial Entanglements and the Medieval Nordic World: Tensions, Nordic Colonialism and Indigeneity

Chair of Nordic History, Universität Greifswald 02-03.02.2023

Colonial Entanglements and the Medieval Nordic World: Tensions, Nordic Colonialism and Indigeneity

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Location: Konferenzraum, Domstraße 11 (Main University building), 17489 Greifswald

Registration and link for streaming: tba

Thursday, 02 February

09:00-09:30 Introduction and Welcome

Prof. Dr Cordelia Heß (Greifswald)

09:30-10:30 Indigenous methods

Dr Timothy Bourns (London): “Can we access a counter-narrative to the Vínland sagas through Kaladlit okalluktualliait?”

Dr Keith Ruiter (Suffolk): “What do Windigos Have to Do with Vikings?: Seeing Early Scandinavian Legalism with Two Eyes”

11:00-12:00 Colonial medievalisms I

Hannah Armstrong (York): “Beyond ‘Lost’ White Communities: Kalaallit Nunaat, Norse medievalisms, and the Indigenous Turn”

Jay Lalonde (New Brunswick): “‘… there is a strong leaven of the old Norse blood in nearly all of us’; Settler Colonialism and the Vínland Mythology”

12:00-13:00 Colonial medievalisms II

Dr Gwendolyne Knight (Stockholm): “Magical Stereotypes and Lived Realities in Medieval Sápmi”

Dr Christina Lentz (Tromsø): “Colonialism 2.0? Perspectives on medieval history in Norwegian textbooks”

14:30-15:30 Crusades

Dr Thomas Morcom (Oslo): “Raider, Crusader, Far-Traveller? The Complexity of Old Norse Depictions of the Expedition of Sigurðr jórsalafari”

Dr Sabine Walther (Bonn): “The Baltic crusades in an Icelandic mirror? The case of Yngvar the Far-Travelled”

16:00-17:30 Keynote 

Dr Laura Gazzoli (Wien): “From the beginning? Colonial entanglements in the far north and the Baltic and the formation of Scandinavian identities, c. 800–c. 1100”

Friday, 03 February

10:00-11:00 Spatial dimensions of colonialism

Basil Arnould Price (York): “The King and His Skattland: A Postcolonial Approach to Post-Commonwealth Iceland”

Prof. Thomas Wallerström (Trondheim): “The Gulf of Bothnia, 1300–1621, as a ‘third space’”

11:00-12:00 Colonial semantics

Carina Damm (Leipzig): “Sámi and Bjarmar as Brokers in the Medieval Fur Trade”

Prof. Alexandra Petrulevich (Uppsala): “The East Norse Echo: Swedish Medieval and Post-medieval Discourse on finnarkareler and lappar

13:30-14:30 Religion

Dr Christian Koch Madsen (Nuuk): “Far from Rome – Religious Beliefs and Otherness of the Medieval Greenland Norse”

Dr Solveig Marie Wang (Greifswald): “Christianity, Conversion and the Saami in the Medieval Period”

14:30-15:30 Panel discussion and conclusion

Organisers: Prof. Dr Cordelia Heß, Prof. Dr Clemens Räthel, Dr Solveig Marie Wang, Erik Wolf. For any enquiries please contact: