IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 233: Remembering the Viking Age around the Irish Sea, II: Ecclesiastical Encounters

Monday 2 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:ISMARN: The Irish Sea in the Middle Ages Research Network
Organiser:Lindy Brady, Department of English, University of Mississippi
Moderator/Chair:Alex Woolf, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Respondent:Charles Insley, Department of History, University of Manchester
Paper 233-aRemembering the Viking Age while It's Still Going On: The Gosforth Cross as an 11th-Century Antiquarian Exercise
(Language: English)
Victoria Whitworth, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, Newcastle University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Celtic, Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Paper 233-bFrom the Land of Ice and Snow: Case Studies of Viking Settlement and Religious Interaction in the Irish Sea Area
(Language: English)
Danica Ramsey-Brimberg, Department of History, University of Liverpool
Index terms: Language and Literature - Celtic, Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Abstract

In light of the IMC 2018 special focus on ‘Memory’, ISMARN (the Irish Sea in the Middle Ages Research Network) has organized two sessions on ‘Remembering the Viking Age around the Irish Sea’. These papers seek to understand how the Viking Age was remembered, commemorated, and conceptualized by later medieval peoples from any language and culture within the Irish Sea zone. Our sessions ask: How was ‘the Viking Age’ understood or defined in the first place by various peoples in the Irish Sea region? How do textual and historical memories of the Viking Age change between cultures or across time periods? In what ways were memories of the Viking Age textually constructed as contemporary political or dynastic tools? How did antiquarian or later scholarly understanding of the Viking Age in the Irish Sea shape or skew our perception of this time period?