The Grave of Icelandic Studies – A Workshop Expedition under an Open Sky

The workshop is not static but dynamic and consists of an expedition under the open sky. Conference participants are invited to walk from the Nordic house and Nýi Garður in a procession to the foundation of a building which will be dedicated to Icelandic studies in an unknown future. In this “graben, hole, grave” a participatory performance will take place under the auspices of a group of artists and academics named The Expedition to the Magic Mountain,* which will invite all to experience Icelandic culture from a new perspective, viewing both the land and the stars.

* The group consists of the artists Haraldur Jónsson, Unnar Örn Jónasson Auðarson, Karlotta Blöndal and Steingrímur Eyfjörð, film director Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir, Gauti Kristmannsson professor of translation studies at UoI and Birna Bjarnadóttir, head of the Icelandic department of the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.