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Interdisciplinary Research Seminar on Pre-Christian Scandinavian beliefs

Art des Termins
Wann 21.06.2017
von 12:00 bis 20:00
Wo Bibliothek der Abteilung für Skandinavische Sprachen und Literaturen
Name Sarah Onkels
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Kontakttelefon +49 228 73 3965
Teilnehmer Rudolf Simek, Leszek Gardeła, Matthias Toplak, Brigitta Jaroschek, Klaudia Karpińska, Sarah Onkels
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The Pre-Christian beliefs of the Scandinavians, and especially their approaches to death and the supernatural world, are currently some of the most widely debated topics in Old Norse and Viking studies. As a result of new methodological and theoretical developments, scholars are becoming increasingly interested in finding innovative ways to move beyond the strictly defined disciplinary borders. It is now more clear than ever that any meaningful study of pre-Christian beliefs in the North must seek to combine different categories of sources from a range of disciplines, including archaeology, iconography, textual scholarship and history of religions.

In order to help students and young scholars to develop sensible methodological skills in approaching, assessing and critically combining sources from these different fields of research, together with Professor Dr. Rudolf Simek we will hold an open seminar entitled “Death and Magic in Viking and Medieval Scandinavia”. The seminar will provide graduate and post-graduate students with essential background knowledge on how to approach and critically filter the rich material and textual sources and effectively use them in interdisciplinary research on various aspects of pre-Christian beliefs in the North.

The seminar will involve introductory lectures by Prof. Dr. Rudolf Simek and Dr Leszek Gardeła, coupled with research papers by current post-graduate students and post-doctoral researchers of the Institut für Germanistik, Vergleichende Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaften and the University of Rzeszów.

The lectures will be followed by a workshop that will give the students an opportunity to discuss their ongoing MA or PhD projects and refine their research methodologies. Before the seminar, the students will be provided with reading materials which will help them to prepare for discussions.