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Deutsches Seminar Workshop Bodies Old Norse Early Irish Literature


Prof. Dr. Judy Quinn, University of Cambridge
Judy Quinn teaches Old Norse literature and language in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic at Cambridge University ( She has published widely on Old Norse literature, on eddic and skaldic poetry in particular. Recent publications include readings of Oddrúnargrátr and Grottasöngr, a study of wind-of-the-giantess kennings and an exploration of knowledge as a liquid in eddic verse. She has co-edited Creating the Medieval Saga: Versions, Variability and Editorial Interpretations of Old Norse Saga Literature (2010) and Learning and Understanding in the Old Norse World. Essays in Honour of Margaret Clunies Ross (2007); in 2005 she co-founded the journal Viking and Medieval Scandinavia, for which she was Editor-in-Chief for volumes 1-3.


Dr. Geraldine Parsons, University of Glasgow
Geraldine Parsons is from Co. Kildare, Ireland.  She holds a BA (Hons) in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic from the University of Cambridge and earned an MPhil and a PhD in the same department.  Her PhD (2006) concerned the lengthy twelfth- / thirteenth-century Irish text, *Acallam na Senórach*, which is the central text of the Finn Cycle (*fíanaigecht*) and her research has continued to focus on that branch of medieval Irish literature.  She is currently editing a version of the text preserved in Oxford, Bodleian Library, Rawlinson B. 487.  She was elected to a Fellowship in Trinity College, Cambridge in 2005 and in 2008 took up a lectureship in Celtic and Gaelic at the University of Glasgow.  Her publications include *The Gaelic Finn Tradition*, a collection of essays edited with Sharon Arbuthnot.


Dr. Helen Imhoff, Independent Scholar
Helen Imhoff completed her BA, MPhil and PhD in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic at the University of Cambridge. Her MPhil focused on a selection of Norse and Irish tales, where as her PhD dissertation was concerned with the representation of pre-Christian characters in four Middle Irish tales. From 2009 to 2012 she held a postdoctoral O'Donovan research scholarship at the School of Celtic Studies at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, where she worked on an edition of the medieval Irish text Fástini Airt, which she is now preparing for publication.


MA Maja Egli, University of Zurich
Maja Egli studied Scandinavian and German Philology at the University of Basel (CH) and at Háskóli Íslands in Reykjavík. She wrote an MA-thesis on revenants in Old-Norse-Icelandic Sagas. Currently she's assistant to Prof. Dr. Jürg Glauser at the "Deutsches Seminar, Abteilung für Nordische Philologie”, University of Zurich and working on her PhD-thesis on "Bodies, Memory and Identity in Eddic Heroic Poetry”. She is part of the doctoral programme "Medialität - Historische Perspektiven".


 M. Phil. MA Sarah Erni, Universität Zürich
Sarah Erni received her MA degree from the University of Zurich in Medieval Studies. In addition to that, she also holds an M.Phil. degree from Trinity College, Dublin, where she studied interdisciplinary medieval studies with a special focus on medieval Irish Literature and Language. She is currently working on her PhD thesis on "Mediality and the Body in Medieval Irish and Old Norse Literature" at the University of Zurich and is part of the doctoral programme "Medialität - Historische Perspektiven".