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

David BATES, Qui était Guillaume ?

David BATES (University of East Anglia),

Qui était Guillaume ? Une biographie de Guillaume le Conquérant pour notre temps

Conférence publique donnée à l’occasion de la parution de la traduction française de l’ouvrage de David Bates sur Guillaume le Conquérant publié chez Flammarion (éd. anglaise: William the Conqueror, New Haven – Londres, Yale University Press, 2016)

Vendredi 1er mars 2019
18 h
Auditorium du Château de Caen

Entrée libre dans la limite des places disponibles

Organisation : Musée de Normandie et Centre Michel de Boüard-CRAHAM

Pour en savoir plus:

http://musee-de-normandie.caen.fr/evenement/qui-%C3%A9tait-guillaume#.XFnKLFxKiUk

Bâtir un État « normand » aux XIe-XIIe siècles. De la guerre à la paix

Vendredi 1er mars 2019
Université de Caen Normandie
Campus 1
MRSH, SH 028 | Auditorium du Château de Caen

Le passage de la conquête à la construction politique, en Normandie, dans l’Angleterre post-Hastings, et dans l’Italie méridionale et la Sicile du XIe siècle, ne saurait plus être conçu de manière binaire comme un processus en deux temps exclusifs l’un de l’autre, faisant se succéder la guerre à la paix. Cette journée propose, par le biais d’une approche comparatiste classique, d’examiner les modalités dûment contextualisées et historicisées du passage de la conquête à la construction étatique. Au-delà d’une synthèse comparatiste des cas, il s’agit d’explorer différents types connus de dynamiques politiques (empires anciens, empires coloniaux) sans se priver d’outils épistémologiques issus de réflexions contemporaines sur la logique étatique permettant de comprendre, entre autres, la mise en œuvre du gouvernement des populations conquises ainsi que les logiques juridiques (ex. légitimation de la conquête), socio- politiques (y compris d’intégration et d’identité), religieuses et culturelles qui sont à l’œuvre dans les processus de construction étatique post-conquête.

Illustration : Revers et avers du sceau de Guillaume le Conquérant. Léchaudé d’Anisy, Recueil de sceaux normands et anglo-normands, Caen 1834. Lithographie de Théodore Chalopin.

9h30-12h15

Pierre BAUDUIN (Unicaen, Craham), Annick PETERS-CUSTOT (Université de Nantes, Centre de recherches en histoire internationale et atlantique), Présentation de la journée

Judith GREEN, (University of Edinburgh), Power and statebuilding in the Anglo-Norman world : an Overview

Annliese NEF (Université Paris 1, Orient & Méditerranée), Conquête et naissance d’un monde social nouveau : vertus et limites du comparatisme

Guilhem DORANDEU (Université Paris 1, Lamop), De la conquête à la royauté : la construction du discours sigillaire et diplomatique des souverains de Sicile

Discussion

14h-17h

Riccardo BERARDI (Istituto storico germanico di Roma) La féodalité et la seigneurie dans le comté normand de Calabre : une institution politique pour bâtir la paix ?

Élodie PAPIN (Université d’Angers, Temos), La construction d’une domination politique, culturelle et sociale dans les actes de seigneurs de la marche galloise au XIIe siècle

Sergio FERDINANDI (ISMEO – Associazione internazionale di Studi sul Mediterraneo e l’Oriente), La principauté normande d’Antioche (1098-1130). Frontières et organisation militaire

Discussion, pause

Table ronde conclusive

18h

CONFÉRENCE PUBLIQUE, AUDITORIUM DU CHÂTEAU DE CAEN

David BATES (University of East Anglia), Qui était Guillaume ? Une biographie de Guillaume le Conquérant pour notre temps
Conférence publique donnée à l’occasion de la parution de la traduction française de l’ouvrage de David Bates sur Guillaume le Conquérant.

Responsables : Pierre Bauduin (Centre Michel de Boüard-Craham), Annick Peters-Custot (Université de Nantes, Crhia). Renseignements : +33 (0)2 31 56 57 25 / 59 17 craham.colloques@unicaen.fr

Cette manifestation s’inscrit dans le cadre de l’axe « Une mondialisation médiévale : les Normands (IXe-XVe siècle) », du projet Normonde (dir. Jean-François Klein, Université du Havre), financé par la Région Normandie.

Restitution conclusive du projet Vexicaen

Séminaire Érudition et numérique

vendredi 18 janvier 2019
Université de Caen Normandie
Campus 1
Amphithéâtre de la MRSH

Le projet Vexicaen (Valorisation, EXploration et Indexation de Corpus des ActEs Normands) a été développé au Craham en 2017-2018 dans le prolongement de l’ANR Charcis et de l’Équipex Biblissima.
Les travaux ont porté sur la base Scripta (incrémentation d’actes cisterciens, nettoyage de la base, ajout d’images numériques) dont une nouvelle version sera disponible, sur les actes épiscopaux (actes des évêques d’Évreux édités sous E-cartae, actes d’Hugues d’Amiens, archevêque de Rouen…), sur la méthodologie de l’ou- til numérique d’indexation Thesauri et la création de notices de noms de lieux et de personnes dans cet outil. Dans le cadre du séminaire numérique, il s’agira de faire un bilan de l’action entreprise.
Ce projet est cofinancé par l’Union européenne, la région Nor- mandie dans le cadre du programme opérationnel FEDER / FSE
2014-2020 et l’État.

14h-17h

Pierre BAUDUIN (Unicaen, Craham), Contexte et bilan global du projet Vexicaen

Thierry BUQUET (CNRS, Craham), État des travaux sur la nouvelle version de Scripta et les nouvelles fonctionnalités projetées

Marie BISSON (Unicaen, MRSH, Pôle document numérique,
Craham), Tamiko FOURNIER-FUJIMOTO (Unicaen, Craham),
La méthodologie des thesauri et son application : quelques exemples

Grégory COMBALBERT (Unicaen, Craham), L’édition numérique des actes des évêques d’Évreux et ses perspectives

Véronique GAZEAU (Unicaen, Craham), Les actes d’Hugues
d’Amiens, archevêque de Rouen : un état des recherches en cours

Organisation : Pierre Bauduin
Centre Michel de Boüard-Craham, UMR 6273
Tél. : +33 (0)2 31 56 57 25 / 59 17

PNG - 457 ko

Illustration : Charte de Roger II de Montgommery pour l’abbaye de Jumièges souscrite par le duc Guillaume le Bâtard (1043-1048). AD 76, fonds de l’abbaye Saint-Pierre de Jumièges, 9H30.

Archaeologies of the Norman Conquest

Archaeologies of the Norman Conquest is a new research network examining the cultural, social, and political implications of the Norman Conquest through an explicit focus on archaeology and material culture. Its chief aims are to highlight the new insights and nuanced interpretations that archaeology can bring to this fundamental turning point in British history, and to articulate an inclusive research framework for the 11th and 12th centuries that brings together the scientific, humanistic, academic, professional, and public engagement arms of archaeology. It seeks to raise both academic and public awareness of the important role archaeology has to play in understanding this cultural touchstone.

This network is based around a series of three workshops, focusing on the themes of interpretative agendas, methodologies, and heritage and public impacts. Current research is beginning demonstrate that not only is the Norman Conquest visible in the archaeological record at a wide range of social levels and in many aspects of life, but also that if the right questions are asked of the data, the conclusions we can draw from the archaeology often contradict or add considerable nuance to the story of the Conquest told in the documentary record. By providing a forum for the presentation of innovative scholarship and the discussion of new questions, agendas, and research directions, the network will contribute to re-evaluating the long-standing narratives of the Conquest, its process, and its aftermath.

This project is funded by an AHRC Research Networking grant, led by the universities of York and Nottingham, with partnership from Norwich Castle Museum.

https://www.normanarchaeology.org/

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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17th International Saga Conference

17th International Saga Conference

Reykjavik and Reykholt, Iceland

12-17 August, 2018

The 17th International Saga Conference will take place in Reykjavík and Reykholt 12–17 August, 2018. The central theme is Íslendinga sǫgur and a subsidiary theme will be law and legal writing to mark the 900th anniversary of Iceland’s first written law code.

Plenary speakers will be:

  • Carol Clover, Professor Emeritus, University of California at Berkeley
  • Lena Rohrbach, Professor of Old Norse Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Andrew Wawn, Professor Emeritus, University of Leeds

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Franck Lahbib, Edition et traduction du manuscrit F de Gui de Warewic : un roman anglo-normand de la fin du XIIe siècle

Franck Lahbib, Edition et traduction du manuscrit F de Gui de Warewic : un roman anglo-normand de la fin du XIIe siècle, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2017 (Université de Montpellier 3)

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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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Amélie Rigollet, La famille de Briouze, mi-XIᵉ siècle – 1326

Amélie Rigollet, La famille de Briouze, mi-XIᵉ siècle – 1326, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2017 (Université de Poitiers)

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Bruno Nardeux, Une « forêt » royale au Moyen Âge : Le pays de Lyons, en Normandie (vers 1100 – vers 1450)

Bruno Nardeux, Une « forêt » royale au Moyen Âge : Le pays de Lyons, en Normandie (vers 1100 – vers 1450), Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2017 (Université de Rouen Normandie)

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Matthew Mills, Behold your mother : the Virgin Mary in English monasticism, c. 1050-c. 1200

Matthew Mills, Behold your mother : the Virgin Mary in English monasticism, c. 1050-c. 1200, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2016 (Université d’Oxford)

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Megan Tiddeman, Money talks : Anglo-Norman, Italian and English language contact in medieval merchant documents, c1200-c1450

Megan Tiddeman, Money talks : Anglo-Norman, Italian and English language contact in medieval merchant documents, c1200-c1450, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2017 (Université d’ Aberystwyth)

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William Hereward Norman, The classical Barbarian in the Íslendingasögur

William Hereward Norman, The classical Barbarian in the Íslendingasögur, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2018 (Université de Cambridge)

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Thomas Harry Chadwick, ‘Normanitas’ revisited : reconsidering Norman ethnicity, 996-1159

Thomas Harry Chadwick, ‘Normanitas’ revisited : reconsidering Norman ethnicity, 996-1159, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2017 (Université d’Exeter)

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