Wolin, Poland

Wolin/Jómsborg: A Meeting Point of Slavs and Scandinavians in the Middle Ages

when 16 July 2023 - 30 July 2023
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC

The programme of the summer school offers classes on archaeology, history, and literature of the Western Slavic territories and Scandinavia in the Middle Ages. More precisely, the focus of the classes is on the interpretation of archaeological finds, the political and economic history of Scandinavia and the Western Slavic territories, Scandinavian and Slavic numismatics, runic script and inscriptions, codicology and palaeography of Nordic and Polish manuscripts, and Old Norse literature. The programme also includes an archaeological field school (excavation), workshops in experimental archaeology, and a one-day excursion to the archaeological sites in Kamień Pomorski and Lubin.

The 14-day summer school comprises seminars, lectures, field exercises, plenary discussions, presentations of research projects, a poster session, visits to museums and socialising activities (e.g. a hnefatafl tournament, and Viking-themed urban games).

Course leader

Karl Christian Alvestad, Bjørn Bandlien, Grzegorz Bartusik, Radosław Biskup, Mateusz Bogucki, Rafał Borysławski, Wojciech Filipowiak, Leszek Gardeła, Katarzyna Kapitan, Annett Krakow, Jakub Morawiec, Anne Irene Riisøy, Alexandra Sanmark, Arngrímur Vídalín

Target group

The summer school invites everyone with an interest in its subject, but in particular students of history, archaeology, and Scandinavian/Nordic studies, as well as researchers specialising in the history of medieval Northern Europe and the Slavic territories. Applications to the Wolin/Jómsborg Summer School are accepted from EU and non-EU students who have completed at least one year of their undergraduate studies or who currently study for their master or doctoral degrees.

Course aim

The primary goal of the summer school is the study of the cultural, economic, and political interaction between the peoples of the Baltic region inhabiting the Western Slavic territories and Scandinavia.

Fee info

EUR 0: The Summer School is tuition-free.
EUR 0: The Summer School is tuition-free.


Each of the participants of the summer school will receive a scholarship of PLN 5,000.00 to cover the travel expenses to and from Wolin, the living expenses, and the cost of accommodation in Wolin’s Centre of Slavs and Vikings ‘Wolin Jomsborg Vineta.’