Arkiv: Maths Bertell

Representation of Poverty in Late Medieval Vernacular Sermons

On December 15, Phd candidate André Ahrling from Mid-Sweden University will present his project on the image of poverty. “What is poverty? Modern man does not have a coherent view of poverty and neither did Medieval man. Poverty, both for the medieval and modern man, is more than just an aspect of the social world; […]

Blot-Sven. The question of the presence of a Pagan Resistance in Late 11th Century Sweden

On October 20, 16.00, Daniel Sävborg, University of Tartu and Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist, Stockholm University, will present their research on the Swedish king Blot-Sven and the resistance against Christianity. “For a long time the predominant view among scholars was that the conversion of Sweden, especially Svealand, took place relatively late in a Scandinavian context, and […]

Berserkir and Bracteates: The frustrated and frustrating link between literature and archaeology

Wolfskrieger; Tierkopfwirbel.Spathascheide aus Gutenstein, Bad.-Württ. Spätes 7 Jh. (ehem. Berlin, jetzt Puschkin-Museum).Replik Röm.-Germ.-Zentralmuseum Mainz. On September 8 at 16.00 Swedish Time, Roderick Dale (PhD. University of Nottingham) will present his research on berserks. “Scholars such as Liberman have commented how research into berserkir and the archaeological evidence that might be linked to them is circular […]

Two women, two places, two graves. On life, worldview and death in the Viking Age – from an archaeological perspective.

On 2 June, 16.00 local Swedish time, Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson, AFL, Stockholm University, visits our NoCH seminar! Abstract “The Viking Age was a time of transition between an older societal structure and an established medieval state. This transition implied a change in the very fabric of society where power over people gradually transferred into territorial rule with […]

The Rise of Odin. An unexpected journey?

On Tuesday 18 November, Maths Bertell will discuss Odins Roman and Christian legacy from a conversion theoretical point of view. What part did the converts play in the conversion of Scandinavia? It is said that conversion is very much up to the converts and that the missionaries has little to do with the end result. […]

NoCHs: Nordic Culture and History higher seminar at MIUN

 What’s this? The NoCHs is an online seminar aiming to bring scholars from different disciplines and different affiliations together in discussions on the historical Northern Europe. NoCHs is organized and run by Maths Bertell, department of humanities at Mid Sweden University (MIUN). At Mid Sweden University we have had online student seminars for several years, […]

Fotboll och våld – religion och våld

 “Conan! What is best in life?” “To crush your enemies – See them driven before you,/../” På väg tillbaka till Härnösand köpte jag Tommy Deogans nya bokMän av våld – om svenska huliganer. Deogan har tidigare skrivit en bok om sin relation till sin bror Tony Deogan Blodsbröder, som blev rikskänd när han blev ihjälslagen i […]

Samisk kultplats i Bergslagen?

Hur långt söderut har den samiska kulturen sträckt sig i historisk tid? Samerna är tidigt kända i den europeiska historien för sin pälshandel och sina kunskaper i divination och magi, men det har varit en kontroversiell fråga om den samiska kulturens och ekonomins utbredning. På Sveriges Radios hemsida  kan vi läsa om en kultplats i Bergslagen, […]

Vikingaskepp – en tillgång för Sverige

nget annat land har så goda förhållanden för vrak av träskepp som Sverige med Östersjöns bräckta vatten. Ingen annanstans finns heller så många vikingatida skepp liggandes på havsbotten. Men i Sverige görs ingenting för att ta tillvara på denna kulturskatt och göra sig till världsledande. I Norge och Danmark finns museer med skepp, i Oslo […]