30th Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies
This international conference seeks to explore the ways in which traditional interpretations of medieval Scandinavian culture, literature, history, and religion are being challenged or advanced by new methodologies and new questions. The program includes papers in all disciplines, including art and architecture, archaeology and landscape, history, law, linguistics and philology, literature, and religion. Many of the papers speak to larger issues in Scandinavian studies, including how to resolve disputes about dating early vernacular texts; periodization; orality and literacy; methods of editing vernacular texts and translations; the mechanics and meaning of Christianization; the relationship between sanctity and politics; the extent and impact of the Scandinavian diaspora; the pace of state formation; settlement patterns; the relationship between ‘Scandinavian’ identities and material culture; and the influence of nationalism and romanticism on interpretative frameworks.
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