Session335
TitleThe North in Transition, II: Circulating and Re-Narrating Ideas of Demons, Infidels, and True Believers across Northern Borders
Date/TimeMonday 4 July 2022: 16.30-18.00
 
Sponsor'Creating the New North' Research Programme, Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges arktiske universitet
 
OrganiserSigrun Høgetveit Berg, Institutt for arkeologi, historie, religionsvitenskap og teologi, Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges arktiske universitet
 
Moderator/ChairJohn McNicol, Fakultet for humaniora, samfunnsvitenskap og lærerutdanning, Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges arktiske universitet
 
Paper 335-a Substance or Just Rhetoric?: Expressions of Crusading Ideology in the Norwegian and Swedish Expansion into Fennoscandia
(Language: English)
Stefan Figenschow, Institutt for arkeologi, historie, religionsvitenskap og teologi, Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges arktiske universitet
Index Terms: Crusades; Mentalities; Politics and Diplomacy; Rhetoric
Paper 335-b Boundaries of Sorcery: The Role of Seiðmenn in Viking Age Society
(Language: English)
Martin Brockett, Institute for Northern Studies, University of the Highlands & Islands, Orkney
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Language and Literature - Dutch; Language and Literature - Scandinavian; Pagan Religions
Paper 335-c A Witchcraft Triangle: Transmitting Ideas of Witchcraft across Borders in Europe
(Language: English)
Liv Helene Willumsen, Institutt for arkeologi, historie, religionsvitenskap og teologi, Universitetet i Tromsø - Norges arktiske universitet
Index Terms: Literacy and Orality; Mentalities; Printing History; Theology
 
AbstractThe first paper investigates how crusading ideology was applied to Scandinavian expansion into regions inhabited by 'heathen' or 'schismatics' during the Middle Ages. Was this a genuine inspiration for the expansion? Was it a strategy of practical use to central authorities? Or was it merely a cosmetic adornment? In the second paper, the term seiðmenn in the sagas is explored, to evaluate whether it describes a distinct and coherent category of Viking Age sorcerer. The paper suggests that there are internal inconsistencies in the textual portrayals of seiðmenn. Moving on to the eve of the medieval period, circulation of demonological witchcraft ideas took place within different levels of society, in written as well as oral form. The third paper shows how these ideas were transmitted between the three European countries Germany, Scotland, and Norway.