Heather O’Donoghue, Linacre College, Oxford University
Robert Rix, University of Copenhagen
Simon Trafford, University of London
Moesgaard Museum, Aarhus, Denmark The conference is scheduled to allow delegates to experience the annual Moesgaard Viking Moot, 25-26 July 2020, one of the world’s oldest and largest Viking reenactments. A pre-conference tour of the Viking Moot will be organized on the 26th.
Read more about the Viking Moot here.
The research group ‘Medievalism in Danish Romantic Literature’, Aarhus University
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, translations of Old Norse texts into modern languages ignited a new interest among poets and artists in early-medieval Northern European culture. Today, the early-medieval North once again captures our imagination – for better or for worse. The international success of Michael Hirst’s TV series Vikings (2013-2018), Viking-music groups such as Amon Amath and Wardruna, A.S. Byatt’s Ragnarok. The End of the Gods (2011), or Marvel’s Thor (2011-) suggest that imaginings about Vikings, shield maidens and Norse gods reverberate beyond the borders of Scandinavia. The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to explore constructions of the medieval North across genres and media from the Nordic renaissance in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to the present. The conference will focus on adaptations of Old Norse and medieval texts; on the refashioning of the medieval North in literature, art, music, film, etc.; and on the uses of the North, for instance in nineteenth-century nation-building or in contemporary political discourse. The conference asks participants to consider the ideological, cultural, aesthetical, generic and other implications of these refashionings of the medieval North; diachronic perspectives in the changing imagery; or the theoretical foundations for such usages.
We invite proposals for 20-minute papers or panels of three papers on topics that can include, but are not limited to:
Adaptations of Nordic mythology
Eighteenth-century antiquarianism and the medieval North
The medieval North in European Romanticism
The ballad revival in Scandinavia, Britain, and Germany
Conceptualizations of the medieval North
The North as imaginary geography
Nordic medievalism and its relation to specific genres
The borders of Nordic medievalism – geographically, historically, theoretically
Nordic medievalism and politics
The sound of the medieval North
Nordic medievalism across visual media: Film, TV se- ries, computer games
Re-enacting the medieval North
Nordic medievalism in the museum
Please send inquiries or proposals of no more than 300 words and a short biography by 1 February 2020 to Lis Møller at firstname.lastname@example.org.