The following is the bibliography for the course.

Icelandic History will meet daily from 10-12. Gunnar Karlsson's book, "The History of Iceland" will be the main literature used for the lectures from 10-12. In addition, there are 3 articles for each of the lectures (starting the 28th of July). Student volunteers will be asked to do a synopsis of each of these three articles and present them for the class from 11-12every day of the course (except the 27th of July). On each day of the course 3 articles will be assigned to a total of six students, 2 students per article, to present the following day.

Therefore, in addition to "The History of Iceland", which Mr. Halldórsson will discuss from 10-11 every day, he will ask 6 volunteers to present a synopsis of three articles from 11-12 every day of the course (except the 27th of July). The articles are announced below.


Suggested readings:


July 27. Monday morning. Iceland 870-1262. (VJH)
Karlsson, Gunnar (2000). "The History of Iceland", pp. 9-106


July 27. Monday afternoon. Understanding identity. (RJ)
R Jenkins, Social Identity, 3rd edition, Routledge (2008), Chapters 1 to 4.
* R Jenkins, ‘Society and Social Identity', in R. Jackson (ed) The Encyclopedia of Identity, Sage (forthcoming).


July 28. RTuesday morning. Iceland 1262-1800. (VJH)
Karlsson, G. (2000). "The History of Iceland", pp. 106-195
- (1994). "When did the Icelanders become Icelanders", in Líf undir leiðarstjörnu (Man in the North - Main). Ráðstefnurit Háskólinn á Akureyri. Serial, pp. 107-115
Jakobsson, Sverrir (1999). "Defining a Nation; Popular and Public identity in the Middle Ages", in Scandinavian Journal of History 24, pp. 191-201
Hastrup, K. (1990): "Establishing an ethnicity: the emergence of the "Icelanders" in the early Middle Ages", in Island of Anthropology. Studies in past and present Iceland, pp.69-83


July 28. Tuesday afternoon.  Understanding ethnicity and nationalism. (RJ)

R. Jenkins, Rethinking Ethnicity, 2nd edition, Sage (2008), Chapters 1-5
R. Jenkins, ‘Imagined but not imaginary: ethnicity and nationalism in the modern world', in J. MacClancey (ed.) Exotic No More: Anthropology on the Front Lines, Chicago: University of Chicago Press (2002), pp. 114-128.

July 29. Tuesday afternoon. Iceland 1800-1944. (VJH)
Karlsson, G. (2000). "The History of Iceland", pp.195-287
- "The Emergence of Nationalism in Iceland", in Ethnicity and Nation Building in the Nordic World, by Sven Tägil (ed.)(1995) in C. Hurst & Co Ltd. Pp. 33-63. See:,M1

Hálfdánarsson, Guðmundur. "Severing the Ties - Iceland's Journey from a Union with Denmark to a Nation-State", in Scandinavian Journal of History Vol. 31, No. 3/4. September 2006, pp. 237-254
Ísleifsson, Sumarliði R. "Icelandic National Images in the 19th and 20th Centuries", the Reykjavik Academy.


July 29. Wednesday morning. Understanding globalisation. (RJ)
Malcolm Waters, Globalisation, Routledge (2000), Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 7
D. Held and A. McGrew, D. Goldblatt and J. Perraton, Global Transformations, Polity (1999), Introduction.


July 30. Thursday morning. Iceland 1944-2000. (VJH)
Karlsson, G. (2000). "The History of Iceland", pp. 287-365
Bergmann, Eiríkur "It's cold up north. Iceland, a reluctant participant in the European project, 2008.
Thorhallsson, Baldur. "Iceland's involvement in global affairs since the mid-1990s", in Stjórnmál og stjórnsýsla - web-based magazine, vol. 2 nr. 2, 2006.
Skaptadóttir, Unnur Dís & Kristín Loftsdóttir. "Cultivating Culture? Images of Iceland, Globalization and Multicultural Society", in Images of the North. Histories - Identities - Ideas, by Sverrir Jacobsson (ed.) (2009). Rodopi. Amsterdam - New York, pp. 205-217
Kristmannsson, Gauti. "The Icestorm", New York Times, 16. October 2008.


July 30. Thursday afternoon. Globalisation, identity and nationalism (RJ)
* M. Mays, ‘Irish Identity in an Age of Globalisation', Irish Studies, vol. 13 no. 2 (2005), pp. 3-12.
* J Igoe, ‘Becoming Indigenous Peoples: Difference, Inequality and the Globalization of East African Identity politics', African Affairs, vol. 105/420 (2006), pp. 399-420.


July 31. Friday morning. Globalisation: cosmopolitanism or neoliberalism? (RJ and VJH).

Globalisation: cosmopolitanism or neoliberalism?
S O Riain: "States and Markets in an Era of Globalization", Annual Review of Sociology, 26 (2000), pp. 187-213
U Beck: "The Cosmopolitan Society and Its Enemies", Theory, Culture and Society, 19 (2002), pp. 17-44.
D. Held: "Cosmopolitanism: Globalisation tamed?", Rev. of International Studies, 29 (2003), pp. 465-80.


31. July (afternoon).
Is there an alternative?

Hrafnseyri, 29th June, 2009

Valdimar J. Halldórsson