Midlands Viking Symposium 2012

Ring-headed pin brooch by National Historical Museum, Sweden
Ring-headed pin brooch by National Historical Museum, Sweden

The 2012 Midlands Viking Symposium will take place on Saturday 28 April 2012 in the Ogden Lewis Seminar Suite (Fielding Johnson Building south wing) at the University of Leicester. This one-day event will explore recent research findings from a range of disciplines including archaeology, history, numismatics and linguistics. Alongside the programme of papers there will be a display on the recently-discovered Ardnamurchan Viking boat burial.

Provisional Programme

10:30 Coffee and registration

10:50 Welcome

Viking England

11:00-11:30 Wendy Scott, ‘Viking England: the contribution of the Portable Antiquities Scheme’

11:30-12:00 John Baker, ‘Landscapes of violence in Anglo-Saxon England’

12:00-12:30 Rory Naismith, ‘Becoming Viking, becoming English: the numismatic evidence’

12:30 Lunch

Settling Down

14:00-14:30 Teva Vidal, ‘A house built of turf and words: the twenty-first century guide to Viking real-estate’

14:30-15:00 Chris Callow, ‘The Viking colonisation of Iceland and the myth of Helgi the Lean’

15:00-15:30 Tea

Gods and Saints

15:30-16:00 Philip Shaw, ‘Flying lessons from the Eddas’

16:00-16:30 Helen Foxhall-Forbes, ‘Remembering Ælfheah in Anglo-Saxon England: depictions of a Viking atrocity’

Register hereThe cost for the day, including lunch and refreshments, is £20. Details of the location of the Fielding Johnson Building south wing can be found at the University travel page, along with information on how to get to the University. Note that parking is only available off-campus. Registration closes on 20 April 2012. If you have any queries about this year's symposium, please contact Dr Philip Shaw, University of Leicester (ps209@le.ac.uk).

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