Full Programme: Colonising, Decolonising and Postcolonising the Viking Age



17–18 March 2011

Great Woodhouse Room, University House, University of Leeds

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.


Thursday, 17th March:

10:00–10:30: Coffee and Welcome

10:30–12:30 Plenary Session I

Fredrik Svanberg (Statens Historiska Museet, Stockholm)

            Decolonising the Viking Age

Nancy L. Wicker (University of Mississippi)

            Moving Outward while Looking Inward: The Paradox of Viking Art

12:30–2:00 Lunch

2:00–3:30 Anglo-Saxons in the Viking Age and Beyond: Narratives of Otherness

Nathan Mertes (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

            Multifaceted Rhetoric and Monastic Authority in the Ruthwell Cross

Alaric Hall (University of Leeds)

            Anglo-Saxons in 19th Century South Africa

3:45–5:15 Postcolonising the Vikings

Edel Maria Porter (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha)

            Reading Translations of Skaldic Poetry in a Postcolonial Context

Elaine Treharne (Florida State University)

            The end of the game is oppression and shame”: The Aftermath of Cnut

5:30–6:30 Reception


Friday 18th March

10:00–12:00 Plenary Session II

Tom Christensen (Roskilde Museum) and John Niles (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

            Deciphering the Landscape of Memory at Lejre, Denmark

12:00–1:30 Lunch

1:30–3:00 The Viking Imaginary

Jane Carroll (University of Chichester)

            Brodir Felled Brian: The Battle of Clontarf in Irish Children’s Literature

Mark Deeks (University of Leeds)

            Heavy Metal and its Cultural Revisiting of Viking Imagery


Catherine E. Karkov (University of Leeds)

            Postcolonising the Medieval Image Project and Future Research



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