In Old Norse literature, Ratatǫskr is the squirrel who runs up and down the trunk of the world tree, Yggdrasil, as a messenger between the eagle in its crown and the dragon in its roots. Being both a representation of a real species and a part of human mythology regarding the organization of the world, the figure of Ratatǫskr is situated right in the field of interest for literary animal studies.
What specific societal, political, social, religious, aesthetic and ecological contexts need to be activated to bring out the knowledge invested in literary animals and in literary human–animal relationships in the Northern European region? The aim of the symposium is to discuss this and other questions and to create a network for literary animal studies in Northern Europe and beyond.
Amelie Björck, Södertörn University, Sweden
Sune Borkfelt, Aarhus University, Denmark
Gunnar Eggertsson, University of Iceland
Camilla Flodin, Södertörn University, Sweden
Elisabeth Friis, Lund University, Sweden
Emma Kihl, Södertörn University, Sweden
Claudia Lindén, Södertörn University, Sweden
Karoliina Lummaa, University of Turku, Finland
Michael Lundblad, University of Oslo, Norway
Ann-Sofie Lönngren, Södertörn University, Sweden
Hanna Mattila, Sámi University of Applied Sciences, Norway
Oscar von Seth, Södertörn University, Sweden
Participation is free of charge and everyone is most welcome! Please register (with specific dietary requirements) before November 15 to email@example.com