Old Norse in Time and Space

The HM Queen Margrethe II Distinguished Research Project on the Danish-Icelandic Reception of Nordic Antiquity

We are pleased to invite those interested in Old Norse antiquities and their reception to an online seminar to be held on Thursday 25th February 2021, marking the opening of our virtual exhibition “Reception and Reinvention: Old Norse in Time and Space”.

In recent decades, medievalism and reception studies have been areas of intensive enquiry across disciplines and periods. Until quite recently, medievalism has been foremost associated with the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when, in Europe and North America, travelers, antiquarians, and poets looked back on the Middle Ages to conceptualize their own regional or national identities. However, the appeal of the European Middle Ages as a moment in which fledgling ‘nationalisms’ took shape existed before and after this period of romantic nationalism. This seminar aims to produce deeper insights into how we conceptualize ‘reception’ and its relationship to ‘reinvention’, acknowledging that this nebulous term entails, at all times, the remembering, creating, reimagining and repurposing of a period of European history. The seminar will bring together scholars working in diverse fields of medieval and early-modern studies whose research relates to receptions of the past – broadly conceived – in their historical and cultural contexts.

The HM Queen Margrethe II Distinguished Research Project on the Danish-Icelandic Reception of Nordic Antiquity has been generously funded by the Carlsberg Foundation.

Organizers: Katarzyna Anna Kapitan and Dale Kedwards

Host institutions: Det Nationalhistoriske Museum, Frederiksborg Slot; Stofnun Vigdísar Finnbogadóttur í
erlendum tungumálum, Háskóli Íslands; Þjóðminjasafn Íslands.

To join us, please register by 20th February 2021 by sending an e-mail to Dale Kedwards ([email protected])

Program can be downloaded here.

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