IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 804: Orality, Literacy, and Vernacular Religion in Northern and Eastern Europe, IV: Discourses and Performances of Power and Constructions of the Other in the Northern World

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Finnish Literature Society / Nordic Centre for Medieval Studies (NCMS), Helsinki
Organiser:Tuomas M. S. Lehtonen, Finnish Literature Society / Nordic Centre for Medieval Studies (NCMS), Helsinki
Moderator/Chair:Lars Boje Mortensen, Institut for Historie, Syddansk Universitet, Odense
Paper 804-aDiscourse of Power: Functionality of Textual Performances in Late Anglo-Saxon England
(Language: English)
Inka Moilanen, Historiska institutionen, Stockholms Universitet
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Mentalities, Political Thought, Rhetoric
Paper 804-bPagan Poetry: The Role of Speech and Performance in Making Nordic Idolatry
(Language: English)
Linda Kaljundi, Institute of History, University of Helsinki / Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Tallinn
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Other, Literacy and Orality, Pagan Religions
Paper 804-cLanguage, Orality, and Translation in the Conversion of Livonia
(Language: English)
Alan V. Murray, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin, Language and Literature - Other, Literacy and Orality
Abstract

The four sessions on orality, literacy, and vernacular religion in Northern and Eastern Europe aim to study the variety of Christian traditions, linguistic registers and vernacular adaptations at the conjunction of orality and literacy. The focus is on oral legends and early written Rus’ narratives, vernacular Christian myths in Scandinavia, Finland, and Karelia, the borderland between Western and Eastern Churches, medieval and early modern linguistic and poetic registers in the Baltic Sea region, and oral and textual performances and construction of power and the pagans as the significant other in the Northern world from Anglo-Saxon England to Baltic and Nordic countries.