2015.05.21 - International Conference ''YEAST FOR CHANGES. Vikings and their impact on Medieval Europe'' Wrocław – POLAND /May 21-22 , 2015



Vikings and their impact on Medieval Europe


Conference 21-22 May 2015, Wrocław, Poland







1st DAY, 21of May


10.00-11.00 – REGISTRATION


11.00-11.45 – OPENING CEREMONY


Welcome by prof. Andrzej Buko

Welcome by prof. Sławomir Moździoch

Welcome by prof. Władysław Duczko

Welcome by prof. Przemysław Wiszewski


11.45-14.00 – SESSION 1


Władysław Duczko (Pułtusk): Scandinavian impact on the Viking-Age Eastern Europe


Alexander Musin (St. Petersburg) & Olga Tarabardina (Novgorod): The Scandinavian settlements in the Eastern Europe and the rise of Novgorod


Andrzej Buko (Warsaw): Some features and peculiarities of structural elements and funeral rites identified in the cemetery at Bodzia (Poland)


Heidi M. Sherman (Wisconsin):  Staraia Ladoga and the Emporia Thesis: The Anatomy of a “Non-Place” in Viking-Age Russia




14.00-15.00 – Lunch


15.00-16.30 – SESSION 2


Gitte Tarnow Ingvardson (Copenhagen): The Earliest Viking Age hoard and the Reorganisation of Trade of Bornholm (Denmark)


Zbigniew Kobyliński & Kamil Rabiega (Warsaw): Symbolic role of boats and ships in Medieval Europe: Scandinavia and beyond


Christoph Jahn, Norbert Goßler   (Berlin): Vikings at the Lower Memel? A critical look at the material culture from the cemetery of Linkuhnen/Rževskoe (Russian Federation)




16.30-17.00 – Coffee break


17.00-19.00 – SESSION 3


Vladimir Zorić (Palermo): La Cappella Palatina di Palermo – paradigma del clima culturale multietnico nel Regno normanno di Sicilia.  


Błażej Stanisławski

(Wrocław): Rus’ quarter in Constantinople

Torbjorn Brorsson (Lund): Analyses of Viking age Scandinavian and Slavonic pottery in the Baltic region – Thin section analyses and ICP-analyses

Thomas Kersting (Brandenburg): Baltic Region Impacts on Slavic middle-age Brandenburg 




19.30 – Welcome dinner



2nd DAY, 22 of May


10.30-12.30 – SESSION 4


Karolina Czonstke (Bornholm): Early medieval slavic jewellery from Bornholm against a slavic-scandinavian contacts


Mateusz Bogucki (Warsaw): Polish-Danish contacts in the late tenth century in the light of numismatic finds


Santa Jansone & Artis Āboltiņš (Riga): Vikings before Vikings. Scandinavian expansion in Eastern Baltic area during Late Iron Age (5th-7th centuries)


Marie Brinch (Nykøbing): The Fejø cups




12.30-13.00 – Coffee break


13.00-14.30 – SESSION 5


Marcin Böhm (Opole): Malta – as a base of  fleet of  Sicilian Normans  between 1091 and 1194? Another voice in the discussion


Tomsz Pełech (Wrocław): "And anyone seeing him ride, would have conjectured that he was not a Roman but had come from Normandy" – interpretation of rhetorical figure from the Xth Book of Alexiad of Anne Komnene


Remigiusz Gogosz (Rzeszów): From Vikings to Crusaders. The influence of crusading ideas on Scandinavia at the end of the Viking Age and its impact on Crusading movements in Europe




14.30-15.30 – Lunch


15.30-17.00 – SESSION 6


Leszek Gardeła (Rzeszów): Thor's hammers, miniature weapons and supernatural beings. Scandinavian-style amulets in Poland


Felix Biermann (Göttingen): The Viking Impact in Liutician Lands


Marek Jankowiak (Oxford): From slaves to states. The Scandinavian slave trade and the emergence of states in Northern and Central Europe




17.00-17.30 – Coffee break


17.30-19.00 – SESSION 7


Jakub Morawiec (Katowice): Viking exploits and legitimization of royal power in early medieval North


Jacek Mianowski (Bydgoszcz): The Stories Untold – Extra-linguistic Dimension of Early Welsh Literacy


Łukasz Neubauer (Koszalin): ‘Ne þurfe we us spillan’: The Anglo-Saxon Depiction of the Vikings as Cold-Blooded Tacticians and Skilful Negotiators in The Battle of Maldon and Other Documents Relating to the Dramatic Events of the Summer of 991




                     Vikings and their impact on Medieval Europe


                                   Conference 21-22 May 2015, Wrocław, Poland


In European historiography it is customary to see beginning of the Viking Age in the year 793, when a group of Norwegians came on their drakkar and plundered holy monastery on the island of Lindisfarne. Two years later similar event happened once more, this time on more grandious scale: Norwegian ships attacked several insular monasteries repeating previous success and opening the gate for the future similar activities in whole Europe.


Year 2015 will be 1219 years since these events happened, so even if it is not round number it is a good occasion for gathering on the conference about Scandinavians which were moving around making not only usual Viking stuff – plundering and killing – but, as we can see it now more clearly, introducing changes into societies they were encountering. In the conference we would like to summarise decades of research and try to give an answer to the question:


What kind of impact Vikings and their descendants had on Europe during the long Viking Age?


It is an important question as those hundred years of Scandinavian attacks and colonisation were a time when Europe was in the process of creation. Scandinavians were effective warriors, but also effective tradesmen, creators of states and talented artisans. In these capacities they influenced many societies at which they were appearing and where they left still visible traces. 


The planned conference will concentrate on topics like political organizations, economics, crafts, language and art. Looking again at the topic of our conference it can be defined best as "from the Vikings to the Crusaders", but we do not want to repeat the title of the renowned exhibition and publication (1992). Over 22 years have passed since that event came out a lot of new information and studies resulting from archaeological research, especially in Central Europe.

We would like to make this conference to a meeting of scholars working not only with the “Viking Age” but with scholars interested in mentioned topics in their countries.


Deadline for registration of the paper is 1.04.2015



Organized by:

Centre for Late Antique and Early Medieval Studies of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology Polish Academy of Sciences in Wrocław

Department of Archaeology and Anthropology of the Pułtusk Academy of Humanities

Institute of History of the University of Wrocław


Scientific Committee:

Prof. Dr. Andrzej Buko

Prof. Dr. Władysław Duczko

Prof. Dr. Sławomir Moździoch

Prof. Dr. Przemysław Wiszewski

Dr. Błażej Stanisławski


Organizing Committee:

Dr. Błażej Stanisławski

Anna Kubicka

Anna Czerepok

Joanna Orłowska

Olga Węglarz

Oskar Struzik

Tomasz Pełech

Konrad Szymański



All speakers are requested to observe a 20 minute limit for presented papers. Presentations will be given as Power Point presentations.


Abstracts and registration:

Abstracts must be written in English and should be approximately 3000 characters in length (Title 200 characters).

Submission of abstracts: From 1 January to 1 April of 2015

The registration fee for speakers is 50 €.


How to come:

The Organizing Committee cordially invite you to come to Wroclaw – the captivating city in the South-West Poland, the centre of science and culture. More information about the city at www.wroclaw.pl.


By car: The highway E 40 (A4)


By train: The connections with Warsaw, Dresden, Berlin, Hamburg, Kiev, Lviv and via Warsaw with Moscow, more international and local connections of Polish railway at www.pkp.pl


By plane: Airport Wroclaw (www.airport.wroclaw.pl) – the connections (with cheap airlines: Wizzair and Ryanair, and LOT, Lufthansa and Qatar Airlines) with Warsaw and Germany, England, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and charter airlines with Turkey, Greece, Italy and Spain; and many air connections via air ports in Warsaw, Poznan, Katowice and Kraków



Wroclaw is offering the different kinds of accommodation. More information at www.booking.com/city/pl/wroclaw.pl



Dr. Błażej Stanisławski,

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology Polish Academy of Sciences,

Więzienna St. 6, 50-118 Wrocław, Poland

Tel. +48 71 344 16 08, Fax +48 71 344 33 52

e-mail st-wski@wp.pl


Institut für Archäologie und Ethnologie der Polnischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
Institut für Archäologie und Ethnologie der Polnischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
Zentrum für die Erforschung der Kultur der Spätantike  und des Frühmittelalters
Institut für Archäologie und Ethnologie der Polnischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
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