CFP: Invitation to Interdisciplinary PhD Course in Viking Studies, Aarhus University, 3-4 November 2010

Closing date for proposals: 10th September 2010

3-4 NOVEMBER 2010

Arranged by the PhD programme in Anthropological and Archaeological Studies at Aarhus University  Professor Else Roesdahl and PhD student Sarah Croix.

The Viking Age was a turning point in Scandinavian history. In this period, the Nordic countries witnessed several major social changes, such as urbanization and the introduction of Christianity, which contributed to the  integration of the North into the medieval world of Western Europe. We can only fully grasp these complex historical processes through a combined use of a wide range of sources: early medieval literature and other written sources, including runic inscriptions, skaldic poetry, coins and hoards, place names, burials and settlements, jewellery and pottery, pictures on raised stones – as well as animal bones, plant seeds, DNA and much more. Interdisciplinarity is therefore a prerequisite for modern Viking Age research and a constant methodological and theoretical challenge. Recent collaborations, for example between archaeology and the natural sciences (archaeobotany, archaeozoology, micromorphology and so on), continue to produce fascinating results and open up new possibilities for Viking studies.

This PhD course will focus on the questions of interdisciplinarity/multidisciplinarity in the field of Viking studies and the role it plays in current research projects. PhD students will have the opportunity to present their project or a specific topic of their choice by reflecting upon the use of various sources and the consequent methodological issues. There will be discussions with fellow students acting as opponents and also with senior scholars providing their expertise in a number of disciplines. Further details and outline of programme.

Prospective students should send their application by e-mail to the organizers, including the completed application form and a short abstract of their presentation with a preliminary title (150 words max.) by 10 September  2010. Admission will be announced by e-mail soon after this day (max. 17 PhD students). Please click here for application form.

A longer paper (1000 to 1500 words max.) should be sent for pre-circulation by 15 October 2010.

At the end of the course, PhD students will receive a certificate which will attest of their participation corresponding to 3 ECTS points.

Practical information
The course will take place at Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark, on 3 and 4 November 2010.
The participants will be invited to dinner Thursday evening, as well as to two lunches, coffee breaks and a reception.
There is no participation fee. However, expenses for transport and accommodation are not covered and should be arranged by the participants themselves.

A few rooms have been pre-booked at Aarhus University guest-house, close to the Conference Center and with direct bus connection to Moesgård Museum: (

Further details on reservation will be sent out to the participants together with their letter of admission.


Sarah Croix
PhD student
Section for Medieval and Renaissance Archaeology
Aarhus University

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