Organizer: Jeremy Deangelo (email@example.com)
Description: Medieval Scandinavia and Iceland, like the Middle Ages in general, is currently having a moment. Shows like Vikings and others such as Game of Thrones with its Nordic pastiches the Ironborn, Ibbenese, and others, are all appropriating medieval Scandinavian tropes and imagery to speak to modern tastes and concerns. Yet these current examples are only the most recent iterations of the continual influence of Scandinavia’s past on the world’s present, and the stream “Medieval Scandinavia Old and New” would take as its topic the myriad ways in which the Nordic Middle Ages have been utilized in the modern era. More specifically, it is interested in two interlocking questions: how were the products of the medieval world, or the memory of it, appropriated, refashioned, or reinterpreted to address modern interests both artistically and politically; and two, how do modernity’s innovations allow for a more nuanced, accurate understanding of the Middle Ages? So, not only how does the New use the Old, but how can the Old use the New?