Colonising, Decolonising and Postcolonising the Viking Age



17–18 March 2011

Colonising, Decolonising and Postcolonising the Viking Age seeks to revisit the Vikings through the lens of postcolonial theory, in order to open the period to new research questions on such topics as Viking-age aesthetics, the role of art in cultural translation and identity formation, cultural hybridity in the Viking age, gender, history and the landscape of memory, the work and preservation of tangible and intangible heritage, the Vikings and historical/national consciousness.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Tom Christiansen, tbc
  • Professor John Niles (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Deciphering the Landscape of Memory at Lejre, Denmark
  • Dr Edel Porter (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha), Reading Translations of Skaldic Poetry in a Postcolonial Context
  • Dr Fredrik Svanberg (Statens Historiska Museer Stockholm), Decolonising the Viking Age
  • Professor Elaine Treharne (Florida State University), “The end of the game is oppression and shame”: The Aftermath of Cnut
  • Professor Nancy Wicker (University of Mississippi), Moving Outward while Looking Inward: The Paradox of Viking Art

There is no registration fee and tea, coffee and lunch will be provided. If you would like to attend please reply to Professor Catherine E. Karkov (

This project is supported by a grant from the WUN Leeds Fund