[H-verkko] CFP: Indigenous Ideas and Foreign Influences. Interactions among Oral and Literary, Latin and Vernacular Cultures in Medieval and Early Modern Northern Europe

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Agricolan artikkelipyyntöihin on lähetetty uusi ilmoitus:
Indigenous Ideas and Foreign Influences. Interactions among Oral and Literary,
Latin and Vernacular Cultures in Medieval and Early Modern Northern Europe
International workshop Indigenous Ideas and Foreign Influences. Interactions
among Oral and Literary, Latin and Vernacular Cultures in Medieval and Early
Modern Northern Europe, 26–27 September, 2013, Helsinki, Finland.

The Medieval and Early Modern periods in Northern Europe (ca. 600–1600),
defined broadly to include both Scandinavia, the Baltic, the British Isles and
the Hanseatic areas of the southern coast of the Baltic Sea, were characterized
by the simultaneous existence of oral and literary as well as Latin and
vernacular cultures. Worldviews, ideas, beliefs, customs and norms were neither
purely Christian nor purely pagan. Instead, the surviving sources show traces of
various cultural layers as a result of cultural blending; sometimes the
different elements are easily discernible, but sometimes they are so
intermingled that they cannot be distinguished. The syncretism applies to both
religious and secular texts;  the coexistence of  Latin and vernacular
sometimes  appears literally in  manuscripts that  combined both Latin and
vernacular content or used different vernacular languages in parallel. Moreover,
some texts (defined in the broad sense of the word) were never written but
remained oral, manifesting themselves in later folklore.

The workshop Indigenous Ideas and Foreign Influences will offer an arena for
discussion of the interaction between oral and literary and the Latin and
vernacular cultures in Medieval and Early Modern Northern Europe. The seminar
will take place on Thursday 26 September and Friday 27 September 2013, in
Helsinki, Finland, at the House of Science and Letters (Tieteiden talo),
Kirkkokatu 6.

The programme for the event will consist of workshops and keynote lectures.
Suggested preliminary themes for the workshops included, but are not limited to:

-        Latin and Christian influences in vernacular sources

-        The relationship between Latin and vernacular: multilingualism
in sources

-        Practical skills of vernacular culture vs. Latin artes

-        Indigenous elements and foreign influences in beliefs,
conceptions and practices (e.g. in beliefs regarding the supernatural,
conceptions of the sacred, magical practices) in vernacular sources

-        Interaction between oral and literary cultures

-        The physical context of oral performance of the Latin or
vernacular texts

-        The role of  language in the modes of textual transmission
(prose, poetry, official documents, letters, songs, charms, incantations, runic
inscriptions etc.) and performance (e.g. singing, reading silently or aloud,
ritualistic performances)

The invited guest-lecturers are:

Marco Mostert (Utrecht University)

Mara Grudule (University of Latvia)

Terry Gunnell (University of Iceland)

Tuomas Heikkilä (University of Helsinki, Institutum Romanum Finlandiae)

Those who wish to participate in the seminar and propose a paper for the
workshop are kindly requested to send an abstract (max 300 words) in .rtf, .doc
or .docx form by May 3rd to the organisers at the address
indigenousandforeign at gmail.com.  Please  also contact this address if you wish
to receive further information regarding the event. Please include in the
abstract your name, affiliation, contact information  and field of
specialization. Notices of acceptance will be sent  by May 15th.

The workshop papers will be sent to all seminar participants before the  event
with the intention that everybody will be able to acquaint themselves with the
texts in advance. The papers (max 5–15 pages) should be sent to the organisers
by August 20, after which date the texts will be forwarded to other
participants. More information regarding the seminar, social programme, travel
and accommodation in Helsinki will be posted soon at http://www.glossa.fi/iifi/.

The seminar is free of charge (including coffee and lunch during the seminar
days). Unfortunately, we cannot offer any travel grants; the costs of travel and
accommodation must be covered by the participants themselves.

The seminar is funded by Thure Galléns stiftelse and organised by the Finnish
Literature Society, Historiska Föreningen i Finland and Glossa – the Society
for Medieval Studies in Finland.

The Jarl Gallén prize in North European Middle Age Studies will be awarded at
the seminar and the recipient  will present a ceremonial lecture.

Ilmoituksen lähetti: Kirsi Kanerva <kirsi.kanerva at utu.fi>
Ilmoitus vanhentuu: 4.5.2013
Lisätietoja WWW-osoitteesta: http://www.glossa.fi/iifi/