IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 219: Urban Literacy in Medieval Denmark

Monday 2 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Urban Literacy Research Network, Danish Research Council / Danish Centre for Urban History
Organiser:Jeppe B. Netterstrøm, Institut for Kultur og Samfund, Aarhus Universitet
Moderator/Chair:Jeppe B. Netterstrøm, Institut for Kultur og Samfund, Aarhus Universitet
Paper 219-aRunic Writing in Medieval Denmark
(Language: English)
Lisbeth Imer, National Museum of Denmark, København
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Epigraphy, Literacy and Orality
Paper 219-bUrban Literacy in the Archaeological Record
(Language: English)
Morten Søvsø, Sydvestjyske Museer, Ribe
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Epigraphy, Literacy and Orality
Paper 219-cUrban Vernacular Literacy in Denmark before 1400: A Marker of Ethnicity?
(Language: English)
Kasper H. Andersen, Afdeling for Historie og Klassiske Studier, Aarhus Universitet
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Literacy and Orality
Abstract

In recent decades, the previously held assumption that the population of medieval Denmark was generally illiterate has been challenged. A growing number of archaeological finds of runic inscriptions as well as studies in common people’s use of the Roman alphabet indicate that literacy was relatively widespread. Based on the hypothesis that this was especially the case in urban contexts, and that urbanity played a decisive role in the spread of literacy, this session presents novel perspectives on the interaction of runic and Roman writing, traces of literacy in the archaeological record, and vernacular texts as a marker of ethnicity in Danish towns c. 1000-1500.