Maths Bertell

Interaction between the Scandinavians and the Sámi in the Middle Ages

On March 24, 16.00 (Swedish time) Sirpa Aalto from the University of Oulu gives a talk on the relationship between Scandinavians and Sámi during the Middle Ages.

The Swedish and Norwegian kingdoms began to expand and the kings tried to consolidate their power in the Middle Ages, which created a new situation for the Sámi people. So far the Sámi had been dealing with local chieftains, but now The Crown and the Church wanted to control the subjects of the king. How does the interaction between the Scandinavians and the Sámi appear in the sources? What are the possibilities to investigate the interaction, when the sources are one-sided and produced by the Scandinavians?

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Ph.D. Sirpa Aalto works as a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of History at the University of Oulu. She defended her doctoral thesis (Categorizing Otherness in the Kings’ Sagas) at the University of Eastern Finland in 2010. Her research interests concern generally the Viking Age and the Scandinavian Middle Ages, but more specifically Old Norse historiography, cross-cultural interaction, representations and history of the Sámi. Aalto’s current project (Encounters in the North: political and cultural changes in the interaction between Scandinavians and Sámi from c. 1200 to c. 1500) deals with the interaction between the Scandinavians and the Sámi in the Middle Ages.

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