Aarhus, Denmark

Religion and Mythology in the Viking Age

when 24 July 2023 - 11 August 2023
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 10 EC
fee EUR 830

In this course, religion and mythology in the Viking Age are studied in a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective that is perceived as necessary in relation to the (re)construction of the religion and mythology in pre-Christian North. This is due in part to the sources involved in relation to the subject area, which are both literary, iconographic, and material. As such, the course puts emphasis on a series of theoretical and methodological problems associated with reconstruction based on the existing source material, making use of relevant previous research with in various disciplines. Phenomena such as discourse, diversity and continuity, gender, and ritual performance will therefore form part of the study of the religion and mythology of the Viking Age throughout the course.

The course deals with religious phenomena of the Viking Age such as cosmology, cosmogony, eschatology, myths, poetry, and rituals through readings which are methodologically based upon discourse analysis, gender studies, ritual studies, and structuralism. The first week of the course will be conducted online with accompanying assignments.

Course leader

Simon Nygaard

Target group

Bachelor's level

Fee info

EUR 830: EU/EEA citizens
EUR 1373: NON-EU/EEA citizens

Scholarships

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