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Open Guest Lecture by Professor Sverre Bagge
There was a sharp decline in regicide in Europe between the ninth and the thirteenth century – the date differs between various parts of the continent. The lecture will discuss the reason for this and its significance for the development and character of European monarchy, compared to similar institutions in other parts of the world.
Open Guest Lecture by Dr Lesley Abrams
The dynamics of connections between the Scandinavian homelands and Scandinavians overseas in the North Atlantic, Britain, Francia, and the East in the Viking Age have been the subject of new thinking in recent years. In the past, much of the attention given to interactions in this period was devoted to outward movement, such as viking expeditions westward and trade with the East. More recently archaeologists and historians have recognised the inadequacies of this one-way thinking and have begun to examine evidence for the flip-side of the process. Some objects which represent it – ‘loot’ from Britain in Norwegian graves and Islamic silver in hoards – have long been known and well studied. In my talk I will focus instead on how the flows back to the homelands were processed inside Scandinavia and how external influences from many different directions were received and metabolised. One conventional narrative about Scandinavian development has been that external forces acted on the region only late in the period, primarily through its conversion to Christianity, a process which transformed it into a European society. I would like to investigate this narrative of ‘Europeanisation’ in the light of other ways of thinking about change.
Open Guest Lecture by Professor Stefan Brink, University of Aberdeen.
Open Guest Lecture by Professor John Arnold
Open Guest Lecture by Dr Haki Antonsson
This presentation will examine the principal trends in the study of the history and literature of the Icelandic Commonwealth (930-1263/64) in the last few decades. In particular the talk will focus on the interrelationship between the study of literary texts and their application as historical sources. Since the 1970s the study of the Sagas of Icelanders and the Icelandic Commonwealth has been shaped by number of scholarly trends, perhaps most notably by the ‘Anthropological-Legal’ School and the so-called ‘New Philology’. The presentation will evaluate the pros and cons of the various approaches to the Icelandic literary corpus and suggest some possible future paths of study.