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Conference: Medievalism, Public History, and Academia: the Re-creation of Early Medieval Europe, c. 400-1000

Tid: 2018-09-26 10:00 -- 2018-09-28 16:30
Plats: Malmö University
Målgrupp: All interested

For many, history can be described as a living thing: current events are said to “make history”; new discoveries of documents or artefacts are said to re-write history, while many people are engaged in re-creating and reconstructing events and objects from the past. In all of these activities, the occasional tensions between the different actors often reflect the ambivalence of authenticity and authority within a grand historical narrative. Issues of who is in control of determining historical authenticity have long been debated. In the interpretation of historical processes, events, and individuals, the development of the academic right of expertise has long been seen as central.

However, recent efforts in the interpretation and re-creation of history have proven that this view is too narrow. For the general public, even the ownership of certain memories or being admitted to communities of remembrance is tangled up in the authority of history and a sense of belonging. Recently, these issues have begun to be addressed in critical heritage studies, medievalism, and experience history.

This conference aims to bring together those scholars and reenactors who engage or wish to engage with the juxtaposition of academic history, public history, and re-enacted or reconstructed history. The overarching thematic focus of this conference will engage with the question of historical authenticity and authority using a critical heritage approach. Papers should focus on thematic topics related to one or more of the following: re-creating history, imagining the past, interpretation, ambivalence of authenticity, authority of History, remembrance and memory, medievalism, and/or public history.


Medievalism, Public History, and Academia

The Recreation of Early Medieval Europe, c. 400-1000

In cooperation with Uppåkra Archaeology Centre

Wednesday, September 26                   

Public History, Guiding, and Interpreting the Past


10:00-10:45   Opening remarks


10:45-12:15                         Paul Sturtevant

The Public Medievalist and the Smithsonian Institution

Making Medieval History Powerful and Meaningful without Losing your Soul (or Mind) in the Chaotic Contemporary Public Square


Jane Malcolm-Davies
University of Copenhagen

Character or caricature? Evidence for the educational impact of costumed interpretation at heritage sites


12:15-13:30   Lunch


13:30-15:00                        Laura Fitzachary, Curator, Dublin Castle, Ireland

The role of the Tour Guide in Public History


Sara Ellis Nilsson, Malmö University

Communicating the past through craftsmanship and art: the case of the Viking ship


Thomas Småberg, Malmö University

The Long Viking Age: Perceptions of Time in Viking Age Exhibitions


15:00-15:30   Coffee


15:30-16:30                        Simon Trafford, University of London, UK

Hyper-masculinity vs Viking warrior women: pop culture Vikings and gender


                                            Adam Chapman, University of Gothenburg

Re-playing the Middle Ages: Huizinga, History and Videogames


Martin Lund, Malmö University

Mapping the Old Norse World in the Comics Imaginary



Thursday, September 27            

Re-creating, constructing, and imagining the medieval


9-9:30                                 Coffee/Opening remarks


9:30-10:30                          Irene Barbina, Associazione La Fara

Textile Reconstruction: a methodological approach


Paul Mortimer, Wulfheodenas

What colour a god’s eyes? An exploration of eye imagery on weapons, armour and ornaments mainly from 6th and 7th centuries in Northern Europe


10:30-11:00   Coffee


11:00-12:00                        Carolina Ask, Uppåkra Archaeological Centre

Public archaeology and 3D technology - examples and experiences


Peter Johnsson, Swordsmith

Reflections of the sword


12:00-13:30   Lunch


13:30-14:30                        Hannes Napierala and Tillmann Marstaller in absentia.
Campus Galli

Constructing a reconstruction – planning and building a plausible ancestry of medieval buildings in Southern Germany


Aidan O'Sullivan, Brendan O'Neill and Eileen Reilly.
University College Dublin, Ireland

Early Medieval houses and daily life. From enlightenment to experience using archaeology, historical sources, and experimental archaeology


14:30-15:00   Coffee


15:00-16:00                        Andrea Blendl, University of the Highlands & the Islands Orkney

Reclaiming the runes: challenges for 21st century runologists


                                            Stefan Nyzell, Malmö University

                                            Medievalist temporalities



Friday, September 28

Public archaeology, interpretations, and re-creations


9:30-10:00                          Coffee


10:00-11:30                        Mari Wickerts, Gothenburg City Museum

Recreating Viking burials from Skändla – For Whom and Why? Presenting field-archaeology and local history while in search of a Viking Age farmstead


Gabriele Zorzi, Associazione La Fara
Lombards, latecomers of the Migration Period. A glimpse into archeological data and a risky trend


11:30-12:30   Final remarks/summary, group discussion


Saturday-Sunday, September 29-30

Vendel Days at Uppåkra (Vendeldagar)

See Uppåkra Archaeological Centre’s homepage for further details.



Sara Ellis Nilsson and Stefan Nyzell

In conjunction with this conference, Uppåkra Archaeology Centre will be organizing an event, Vendel Days in Uppåkra, 29-30 September 2018.

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