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Norse Myths in the Artistic Reception

Scandia Journal of Medieval Norse Studies, 4, 2021

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Published on Thursday, February 18, 2021


Norse myths represent one of the greatest cultural legacies from ancient Scandinavia. Throughout history, they have been perpetuated, re-signified and transformed by a great variety of artistic means, from their use on doors of Churches in the Middle Ages to modern depictions in today’s media. Some of our contemporary interpretations of such myths depend, to a greater extent, on different images that have been created in the past. 



We invite researchers to present proposals on any of the different supporting materials, techniques and artistic means, from the period that dates back to the Viking Age up to the present day. The Medieval period produced several artifacts and works of material culture that establish some relations between image and orality in myths, such as pendants, tapestries and sculptures, while spaces of Christianity reveal moments of hybridization and religious interpretations (in Church doors, for instance). After the 16th century, many publications and manuscripts started to present a close relationship between text and image, eliciting various situations in which these myths were used as part of ideologies of identity and antiquarianism. After the Nordic Renaissance, images of these myths were frequently and intensively used, becoming one of the main means of expression of Romantic Nationalism in several European countries (K. Ljøgodt, “Northern Gods in Marble", 2012), that were presented in great paintings, public sculptures, theatrical productions, dramas and operas. The 19th century was fundamental for the modern definition of certain iconic categories regarding mythology, a topic that is still full of investigative possibilities, especially for Scandinavism (T. van Gerven, Scandinavism overlapping and competing identities in the Nordic world, 2020). Later, other types of media tried to further popularize Norse narratives, such as comics, cinema and electronic games. 

Although some major publications have brought several analytical proposals (such as The Pre-Christian Religions of the North: Research and Reception, vol. 1 and 2, 2018), the study of the artistic reception of Norse myths is still a field calling out for new investigations and proposals. We invite the proponents to bring perspectives involving both reception studies and iconographic perspectives, theories of visual culture or artistic analysis methodologies. 

Submission guidelines

The deadline for submissions

is July 31, 2021,

and they must be done via the website: https://periodicos.ufpb.br/index.php/scandia/about/submissions

Scandia Journal will also accept articles not dealing with this dossier’s subject matter for inclusion in the free section (the deadline is the same).

Issue editor

The dossier will be organized by Professor Johnni Langer (UFPB/NEVE).

Editor in chief

  • Dr. Johnni Langer, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Brasil

Editorial Committee

  • Dr. Mariano Gonzalez Campo, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain
  • Dra. Luciana Campos, NEVE/Northern Women Arts Collaborative, Brazil
  • Me. Munir Lutfe Ayoub, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
  • Me. Leandro Vilar Oliveira, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Brazil
  • Me. Andréa Caselli, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Brazil
  • Me. Pablo Gomes de Miranda, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Brazil
  • Me. André Araújo Oliveira, Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso, Brazil
  • Me. Sandro Moita, Escola de Comando e Estado-Maior do Exército/RJ
  • Me. Victor Hugo Sampaio Alves, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Brazil
  • Me. Susan Sanae Tsugami, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Brazil
  • Me. Vítor Bianconi Menini, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil
  • Lorenzo Sterza, Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB), Brasil.

Scientific Council

  • Dr. John McKinnell, Durham University, United Kingdom
  • Dra. Carolyne Larrington, St John's College, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Stefan Brink, Centre for Scandinavian Studies, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Andrew McGillivray, University of Winnipeg, Canada
  • Dr. Lukas Rösli, Universität Zürich (Deutsches Seminar), Switzerland
  • Dr. Terry Adrian Gunnell, Department of Folkloristics and Museum Studies, University of Iceland, Iceland
  • Dr. Jean Renaud, Université de Caen, France
  • Dra. Maria Adele Cipolla, Università di Verona, Italy
  • Dra. Regina Jucknies, Institut für Skandinavistik/Fennistik Universität zu Köln, Germany
  • Dr. Jesse Byock, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology/University of California, United States
  • Dra. Kate Heslop, Department of Scandinavia/University of California, United States
  • Dr. Jean-Marie Maillefer, Université Paris-Sorbonne, France
  • Dr. Mr Frog, Helsingin Yliopisto/University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Dra. Michelle Smith, Brown University, United States
  • Dra. Paloma Ortiz de Urbina Sobrino, Universidad de Alcalá, Spain
  • Dr. Steffen Hope, Centre for Medieval Literature, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  • Dr. Joseph Harris, Harvard University Committee on Medieval Studies, United States
  • Dr. Neil Price, University of Uppsala, Sweden
  • Dr. Torfi Hrafnsson Tulinius, Iceland
  • Dra. Clare Downham, Institute of Irish Studies /University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Dra. Inmaculada Senra-Silva, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Madrid, España
  • Dra. Chiara Benati, Dipartimento di Lingue e culture moderne Università degli Studi di Genova, Italy
  • Dr. Enrique Santos Marinas, Spain
  • Dr Enrique Bernárdez
  • Mr. Helio Pires, Instituto de Estudos Medievais/Universidade Nova de Lisboa NEVE - Núcleo de Estudos Vikings e Escandinavos, Portugal
  • Dr. Leszek Gardela, - Institute of Archaeology, University of Rzeszow, Poland - Snorrastofa Medieval and Cultural Centre, Reykholt, Iceland, Poland
  • Dr. Gísli Sigurðsson, The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, University of Iceland, Iceland
  • Dr. Eldar Heide, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
  • Dr Carl Edlund Anderson, Colombia
  • Dra. Roberta Frank, Yale University, United States
  • Dr. Rudolf Simek, Universität Bonn, Germany
  • Dr. Jens Peter Schjødt, Aarhus Universitet, Denmark
  • Dr. Ugnius Mikucionis, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Dr. Kevin P. Smith, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology/Brown University, United States


  • Saturday, July 31, 2021


  • Norse Mythology, Middle Ages, Art reception


  • Journal of Medieval Norse Studies Scandia
    courriel : candiajournalneve [at] gmail [dot] com

Information source

  • Johnni Langer
    courriel : johnnilanger [at] yahoo [dot] com [dot] br


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« Norse Myths in the Artistic Reception », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, February 18, 2021, https://calenda.org/845393

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