Call for Papers

Unlocking the Vikings: Norse and Viking Cultures in the Twenty-first Century

We are pleased to announce a CALL FOR PAPERS for an interdisciplinary conference to be held at the University of Nottingham on 28-29 June 2014.

 The conference will mark the conclusion of the cross-institution AHRC Collaborative Skills Development Programme known as Languages, Myths and Finds. This programme brings together graduate students and full-time researchers from across the UK and Ireland to explore the translation of Norse and Viking cultures into the modern day. Participants will be working with local partners in five communities with Norse heritage: the Isle of Lewis, Cleveland, the Isle of Man, Dublin and Munster (Cork and Waterford). By collaborating with local schools, museums, historical societies and tourist organisations, the scheme aims to inspire greater public engagement with the Viking heritage of various locales.

 Participants will also draw on the work of the British Museum and its upcoming ‘Vikings: Life and Legend’ exhibition as part of their engagement with local communities.

 The closing conference in Nottingham seeks to foster a similar sense of communal interaction and will be open to all. Papers are invited on any aspect of public engagement with Norse and Viking Cultures, and should be disseminated in appealing and accessible forms. Since the conference places emphasis on engagement and accessibility, compelling and interactive papers are actively encouraged. Presentations should not be restricted to academic commentary. We welcome alternative projects including posters, performances and workshops.  Do get in touch with any ideas for other activities that might be pursued.

Papers should be no more than 20 minutes long and are welcome from members of the public as well as students and full-time researchers.

Please send abstracts of 200 words to conference organiser Judith Jesch at

Deadline for abstracts: 1 March 2014


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