Archives de catégorie : Monde viking (VIIIe-XIe siècle) / The Viking World (8th-11th c.)

Publication récente : The Viking Way

Vient de paraître une seconde édition, entièrement révisée et augmentée, de l’important livre de Neil Price, The Viking Way. Magic and Mind in Late Iron Age Scandinavia (Oxford-Philadelphie, Oxbow Books, 2019, xxxiv-398 p.). Cet ouvrage, dont la première édition était parue en 2002, a marqué un jalon important dans l’étude des formes de la vie religieuse et des pratiques de magie et de sorcellerie dans la Scandinavie de l’époque viking. L’auteur, qui s’est appuyé tout autant sur les données archéologiques que sur les sources écrites, a en particulier mis en lumière l’importance des contacts et des transferts entre Scandinaves et populations finno-ougriennes de l’intérieur et du nord de la péninsule. Cette seconde édition inclut plus de 150 figures, plus de 40 pages de bibliographie et un index analytique très complet.

Une nouvelle traduction française du Livre des Islandais

Christophe Bord, spécialiste de langue et littérature scandinaves médiévales à l’Université de Toulouse, vient de faire paraître une nouvelle édition entièrement revue, corrigée et augmentée de son manuel d’initiation au scandinave médiéval. On y trouve à nouveau les éléments qui faisaient la qualité de la première édition, parue en 2004 : une présentation de l’histoire de la langue et de ses différentes variantes (en particulier les variétés orientales du norrois, souvent négligées par les manuels qui se concentrent sur les runes et sur le vieil islandais) ; une description de la grammaire illustrée par des exemples nombreux ; un choix de textes traduits et commentés.

À cela s’ajoute une contribution qui ne manquera pas d’intéresser tous les francophones qui s’intéressent aux mondes normands. Cette réédition contient en effet une traduction française complète et annotée du Livre des Islandais (Íslendingabók), composé aux environs de 1130 par le prêtre Ari Þorgilsson, dit Ari fróði (c’est-à-dire « le Savant »). Dans ce bref récit (vingt-cinq pages dans la traduction de Christophe Bord), l’auteur du XIIe siècle prétendait rapporter les conditions de la colonisation de l’Islande, la mise en place de plusieurs institutions (les « quartiers », l’Althing, le calendrier, etc.) et les premiers développements de l’Église islandaise (l’adoption du christianisme et l’histoire des premiers évêques de Skálholt). Cette œuvre, la plus ancienne composition historique réalisée par un Islandais dans sa propre langue, est donc d’une importance majeure pour la compréhension de l’histoire de l’île. À notre connaissance, elle n’avait pas fait l’objet d’une traduction française depuis celle (aujourd’hui bien vieillie) de Félix Wagner, parue à Bruxelles en 1898.

Christophe Bord, Initiation à l’étude de la langue des Vikings (scandinave médiéval), Paris, L’Harmattan, 2018 (la traduction du Livre des Islandais constitue la 6e partie du livre, p. 207-235).

Alban Gautier, Université de Caen Normandie / CRAHAM UMR 6273

Call for papers: Vikings in the Mediterranean

Call for papers: Vikings in the Mediterranean

The “Viking Age,” roughly 750-1050 CE/AD, is usually associated with the raids or wholesale movement of people from Scandinavia along the coasts of western and Atlantic Europe. Few non-specialists associate the same Norse populations with eastern Europe (the Rus), although they have had a comparably significant role in the political history of that part of the world. Fewer still, however, are aware of the robust Norse presence in the Mediterranean. Individually or in groups, Scandinavians were raiders, mercenaries, merchants, and—in some cases—settlers in the lands surrounding the “Middle Sea” (Miðjarðarhav). Many traces of this presence and the ensuing interaction remain to this day, seen in the material culture and the flow of objects between southern and northern Europe. Moreover, these traces are also visible in historical accounts, linguistics, iconography, and to some extent even in the social changes within the communities that took part in this exchange. This body of evidence has not gone unnoticed by scholars interested in this period and it has been addressed to some extent in the past. Nevertheless, this field of research has not hitherto seen a focused discussion within the framework of a dedicated scientific meeting, which could be of benefit to all concerned.

The international conference “Vikings in the Mediterranean,” co-organized by the Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish Institutes at Athens in the year of the Norwegian Institute’s 30th anniversary, aims to change that by bringing together scholars from various disciplines interested in the varied ways that the Norse have shaped the historical events of the medieval Mediterranean, and vice versa. In addition, our goal is to provide a meeting opportunity for scholarly communities that do not usually have open lines of communication, e.g. between colleagues working in the Mediterranean and those in Scandinavia. Finally, we hope that this conference will result in the publication of a comprehensive proceedings volume, which will address this topic in all its multifaceted aspects.

We welcome contributions on any aspect of Norse-Mediterranean relationship and invite scholars representing various scientific disciplines that can contribute to this discussion. We would, however, particularly like to see contributions related to the following overarching topics:

  • Archaeological, literary, and iconographic evidence for Viking presence in the Mediterranean
  • Mediterranean influences on early urbanization processes in Scandinavia
  • Norse society and culture before and after the contacts with the Mediterranean
  • Gender roles in northern and southern Europe during the Viking Age

Application deadline: MARCH 30, 2019

Conference dates: 28-30 November 2019

Conference location: Athens, Greece (venue to be determined)

Conference language: English

Conference format: 20 minute presentations followed by 10 minute discussion (max. 30 min).

How to apply:

To apply please send an email to the conference email address vikingsinthemed@gmail.com including the following information:

(1) title of your paper,

(2) names of all (co-)authors, specifying the corresponding author and their email address

(3) academic or professional affiliations of all (co-)authors, and

(4) abstract of maximum 300 words.

All information must be sent in English.

Upon the receipt of all applications, the Scientific Committee will select papers to be included in the conference, based on their scholarly merit and relevance. The Organizing and Scientific Committees will also assign papers to specific sessions.

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Organizing Committee:

Žarko Tankosić, Norwegian Institute at Athens
Jenny Wallensten, Swedish Institute at Athens
Kristina Winther-Jacobsen, Danish Institute at Athens

Scientific Committee:

Marianne Hem Eriksen, University of Cambridge
Charlotte Hedenstierna-Johnson, University of Uppsala
Frode Iversen, University of Oslo (KHM)
Carsten Jahnke, University of Copenhagen-Saxo Institute
Neil Price, University of Uppsala
Søren Michael Sindbæk, Aarhus University

Mobility during the Viking Age: Scandinavians and Others

Organized by Dr. Anna Kouremenos (Tübingen) and Dr. Fraser McNair (Leeds)

University of Tübingen, 27-28 September 2018

Voyages to and settlement in new lands have always held the greatest interest for those looking to understand the Vikings in academia and pop culture, from studies of the English Danelaw to Led Zeppelin. In recent years, though, scholars have focussed more than ever on concepts of migration, mobility, and diaspora when looking at the Norsemen. The time is ripe for a comparative perspective to be brought to bear on Viking activities from this point of view.

Viking activity, across the period between the late eighth and mid-eleventh centuries, has several well-known aspects. Vikings attacked and burned settlements; they were found as traders everywhere between Limerick and Samarkand; they settled and farmed the land; and individuals such as Rollo of Normandy and Roric of Dorestad took up service with non-Scandinavian rulers. But what made these aspects of Viking mobility distinctive? Magyars in Bavaria, Provençal noblemen in Burgundy, Catalans in the Spanish March, and defectors on the Arab-Byzantine border all share some of these characteristics. By putting Vikings in this wider frame of mobility and migration across earlier medieval Europe, we hope to contribute to debates about what was particularly Viking, and what was more universal. We will focus on four broad topics:

  • Raiding
  • Trading
  • Individual mobility
  • Group mobility

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Harriet Jean Evans, Animal-Human Relations on the Household-Farm in Viking Age and Medieval Iceland

Harriet Jean Evans, Animal-Human Relations on the Household-Farm in Viking Age and Medieval Iceland, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2017 (Université d’York)

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Nikolas Gunn, Contact and Christianisation: Reassessing Purported English Loanwords in Old Norse

Nikolas Gunn, Contact and Christianisation: Reassessing Purported English Loanwords in Old Norse, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2017 (Université d’York)

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Caitlin Ellis, The identity and international relations of Orkney and Dublin in the long eleventh century

Caitlin Ellis, The identity and international relations of Orkney and Dublin in the long eleventh century, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2018 (Université de Cambridge)

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Timothy Carlisle, The walrus in the walls and other strange tales : a comparative study of house-rites in the Viking-age North Atlantic Region

Timothy Carlisle, The walrus in the walls and other strange tales : a comparative study of house-rites in the Viking-age North Atlantic Region, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2017 (Université d’ Aberdeen)

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Rebecca J. S. Cannell, Prospecting the physicochemical past : three dimensional geochemical investigation into the use of space in Viking Age sites in southern Norway using portable XRF

Rebecca J. S. Cannell, Prospecting the physicochemical past : three dimensional geochemical investigation into the use of space in Viking Age sites in southern Norway using portable XRF, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2017 (Université de Bournemouth)

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Alasdair C. Whyte, Settlement-names and society : analysis of the medieval districts of Forsa and Moloros in the parish of Torosay, Mull

Alasdair C. Whyte, Settlement-names and society : analysis of the medieval districts of Forsa and Moloros in the parish of Torosay, Mull, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2017 (Université de Glasgow)

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Bernadette McCooey, Farming practices in pre-modern Iceland

Bernadette McCooey, Farming practices in pre-modern Iceland, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2017 (Université de Birmingham)

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Sofia Evemalm, Theory and practice in the coining and transmission of place-names : a study of the Norse and Gaelic anthropo-toponyms of Lewis

Sofia Evemalm, Theory and practice in the coining and transmission of place-names : a study of the Norse and Gaelic anthropo-toponyms of Lewis, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2018 (Université de Glasgow)

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Nela Scholma-Mason, Archaeology and folklore : the Norse in Orkney’s prehistoric landscape

Nela Scholma-Mason, Archaeology and folklore : the Norse in Orkney’s prehistoric landscape, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2017 (Université d’York)

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Brian McMahon, The role of the storyteller in Old Norse literature

Brian McMahon, The role of the storyteller in Old Norse literature, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2017 (Université d’ Oxford)

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Jane Harrison, Building mounds : Viking-Late Norse settlement in the North Atlantic, c. AD800-1200

Jane Harrison, Building mounds : Viking-Late Norse settlement in the North Atlantic, c. AD800-1200, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2017 (Université d’Oxford)

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