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23 April 2024  

Dublin Festival of History 2019: Viking Seminar and Lecture


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Dublin Festival of History 2019:
Viking Seminar and Lecture

The National University of Ireland, Dublin City Council, Dublinia and the Royal Norwegian Embassy are pleased to announce two events in association with the Friends of Medieval Dublin, the National Museum of Ireland the Dublin Festival of History. These events will celebrate Ireland and Norway’s shared Viking heritage.

On Friday 11th October at 1pm in the Royal Irish Academy, Dr Tom Birkett, University College Cork will give a lecture entitled: Stories for Our Times? Retelling the Norse Myths. This lecture will discuss the creative appeal of Norse mythology and also the extraordinary resurgence of interest in recent years: what exactly is it about the Vikings and the stories of the Norse gods that makes them such a source of fascination for a twenty-first-century audience?

On Saturday 12th October (9am – 1pm) in the Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Offices, a half-day seminar, The Viking Age: Dynasties, Digs and Discoveries will take place.

Papers will explore the historical, archaeological and literary connections between Ireland and western Scandinavia in the Viking Age and will focus, in particular, on ruling dynasties and urbanisation. Scholars from Ireland, Britain and Scandinavia will discuss recent excavations and significant archaeological discoveries

Speakers include:

  1. Clare Downham (University of Liverpool)
  2. Elna Siv Kristoffersen (University of Stavanger)
  3. Unn Pedersen (University of Oslo)
  4. Anna Helena Petersén (Norwegian Institute of Cultural Research, Trondheim)
  5. Håkon Reiersen (University of Stavanger)

Registration for both the symposium and the lecture is open now.
Both events are free to attend, however, booking is essential.

Registration for Lecture: Stories for Our Times? Retelling the Norse Myths

Registration for Symposium: The Viking Age: Dynasties, Digs and Discoveries

The Dublin Festival of History takes place from 1st to 20th October 2019.

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