Session Title

Criminals, Kings, and Colors: The Study and Reception of Medieval Scandinavian Culture (A Roundtable)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Centre for Scandinavian Studies, Univ. of Aberdeen

Organizer Name

Blake Middleton

Organizer Affiliation

Centre for Scandinavian Studies, Univ. of Aberdeen

Presider Name

Tiffany White

Presider Affiliation

Univ. of California-Berkeley

Paper Title 1

The Semantic Puzzle of Red Gold in the Mythological and Heroic Eddic Poems

Presenter 1 Name

Claire Organ

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Centre for Scandinavian Studies, Univ. of Aberdeen

Paper Title 2

Jötnar within the Eddic Narratives

Presenter 2 Name

Blake Middleton

Paper Title 3

The Early Careers of Bishops in Late Medieval Scandinavia

Presenter 3 Name

Michael Frost

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Centre for Scandinavian Studies, Univ. of Aberdeen

Paper Title 4

Geomythogenesis

Presenter 4 Name

Sarah Hofrichter

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Centre for Scandinavian Studies, Univ. of Aberdeen

Start Date

12-5-2017 3:30 PM

Session Location

Valley I Shilling Lounge

Description

The Centre for Scandinavian Studies at the University of Aberdeen is the largest research centre specialising in Viking Age and medieval Scandinavian culture and history in the United Kingdom. Unique in the UK, the Centre has an extensive track record of innovative, interdisciplinary, and world-leading research; producing high-calibre doctoral graduands whom have received prestigious scholarly awards. Some of the current research projects being pursued at the Centre include topics on cultural memory, reception theory, manuscript studies, and legal/political literature.

Due in part to popular culture's renewed interest in Vikings and Norse mythology, medieval Scandinavian Studies has gained wider attention in recent years. Chaired by Dr García Losquiño, this roundtable session will highlight the current, collaborative, and cutting-edge research being produced within the Centre. During the session, PhD candidates from various stages in their careers will join together to discuss a variety of topics, such as a comparison of political and military processes in mainland Scandinavian kingdoms; an analysis of the classical origins of Scandinavian political ideology; explorations of the semantic puzzles of the terms ‘red-gold’ and ‘giant’ in medieval Scandinavian narrative literature; an analysis of the role of geology in catastrophic mythology; a discussion of non-normative social behaviour in the literature; and the systematic analysis of the early careers of North Atlantic bishops.

Blake Middleton

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May 12th, 3:30 PM

Criminals, Kings, and Colors: The Study and Reception of Medieval Scandinavian Culture (A Roundtable)

Valley I Shilling Lounge

The Centre for Scandinavian Studies at the University of Aberdeen is the largest research centre specialising in Viking Age and medieval Scandinavian culture and history in the United Kingdom. Unique in the UK, the Centre has an extensive track record of innovative, interdisciplinary, and world-leading research; producing high-calibre doctoral graduands whom have received prestigious scholarly awards. Some of the current research projects being pursued at the Centre include topics on cultural memory, reception theory, manuscript studies, and legal/political literature.

Due in part to popular culture's renewed interest in Vikings and Norse mythology, medieval Scandinavian Studies has gained wider attention in recent years. Chaired by Dr García Losquiño, this roundtable session will highlight the current, collaborative, and cutting-edge research being produced within the Centre. During the session, PhD candidates from various stages in their careers will join together to discuss a variety of topics, such as a comparison of political and military processes in mainland Scandinavian kingdoms; an analysis of the classical origins of Scandinavian political ideology; explorations of the semantic puzzles of the terms ‘red-gold’ and ‘giant’ in medieval Scandinavian narrative literature; an analysis of the role of geology in catastrophic mythology; a discussion of non-normative social behaviour in the literature; and the systematic analysis of the early careers of North Atlantic bishops.

Blake Middleton