IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 223: Are We Done Talking about Ethnicity?, II: Recent Approaches to Identities in Medieval Archaeology

Monday 6 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Marte Spangen, Institutt for arkeologi, historie, religionsvitenskap og teologi, Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges Arktiske Universitet
Moderator/Chair:Marte Spangen, Institutt for arkeologi, historie, religionsvitenskap og teologi, Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges Arktiske Universitet
Paper 223-a'Christian Picts' and 'Pagan Vikings': The Significance of Terminology in Studies of Ethnicity and Cultural Identity
(Language: English)
Alexandra Sanmark, Centre for Nordic Studies, University of the Highlands & Islands, Shetland
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Pagan Religions
Paper 223-bFragmented Identities: In-Group Identification and Ethnicity in Viking-Age Scandinavia
(Language: English)
Ben Raffield, Department of Archaeology, University of Aberdeen
Index terms: Anthropology, Archaeology - General
Paper 223-cTalking Sex (and Gender) in Viking Age Graves
(Language: English)
Marianne Moen, Institutt for arkeologi, konservering og historie, Universitetet i Oslo
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Gender Studies
Abstract

Ethnicity and cultural identity have been recurring topics in archaeology since the initial formation of the field. Especially over the last few decades, these debates, and debates in archaeology in general, have become increasingly theoretically complex. While the concept of ethnicity was theorised and much discussed from the mid-20th century until the early 2000s, the last 20 years have seen an increasing awareness of intersectionality and complex identities. This session presents examples of archaeological contexts where recent theoretical approaches are applied to discuss various types of identities based on archaeological and other source materials.