Across the North Sea: North Sea Connections from AD 400 into the Viking Age Second Interdisciplinary Symposium on Runes and Related topics in Frisia

The topic of the second Interdisciplinary Symposium on Runes and Related topics in Frisia is ‘Across the North Sea: North Sea Connections from AD 400 into the Viking Age’.

The conference takes place place 5-8 June 2014 in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, and will be of interest and importance across the fields of Early Medieval/Late Antique archaeology, history, language, and runology.

Papers are invited on subjects on Anglo-Saxon – Frisian – Frankish relations.The deadline for proposals is 1 January  2014 and the deadline for registration 20 January 2014.

The conference is organised by John Hines, Nelleke IJssenagger, Tim Pestell, Tineke Looijenga, Gaby Waxenberger, Kerstin Kazazzi and Han Nijdam.

See the call for papers for more information.

See our Events page for an overview of upcoming events.

Pictish Studies at the University of Glasgow in honour of Dr Isabel Henderson

Glasgow University’s Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies—Ionad Eòlas na h-Alba is na Ceiltis—warmly invites you to attend a day conference celebrating:

Pictish Studies at the University of Glasgow in honour of Dr Isabel Henderson on the occasion of her 80th Birthday

Friday 7 June 2013  10.15am – 5.30pm

Boyd Orr Building (Lecture theatre 222) University Avenue, University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ

Featuring current staff and post-graduate students: Adrian Maldonado, Dauvit Broun, Ewan Campbell, Guto Rhys, Katherine Forsyth, Simon Taylor, Cynthia Thickpenny, Stephen Driscoll, Thomas Clancy

Registration is free but booking is essential for catering arrangements

Register on-line:

Further details from:  Michelle Nicholl, School of Humanities

michelle.nichol(a)   Tel: 0141-330-5690
or from the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies web-site

To commemorate the occasion, you are invited to contribution to a fund in Dr Henderson’s name to support students and younger scholars in Pictish Studies and related fields to participate in the XVth International Congress of Celtic Studies, Glasgow 2015.

Donations may be made on the day (cash or cheques to ‘Glasgow University Trust’) or via the Development and Alumni Office (Attn. Bicola Barratt-Crane), University of Glasgow, 3 The Square, Glasgow, G12 8QQ. Please complete a copy of the attached donation form which will enable us to benefit from Gift Aid.


Podcast from Workshop Keynote Lecture

As many of you will already know the keynote lecture from the recent Chester Workshop, delivered by Prof. Howard Williams, was filmed by the University of Chester’s Learning and Information Services who have kindly turned the event into a podcast. In his lecture Prof. Williams discussed the workshop theme ‘audience’ from a number of angles, including his recent fieldwork conducted at the Pillar of Eliseg in north east Wales.


The keynote lecture was hosted at the historic St John the Baptist Church, which houses a considerable collection of Viking period sculpture.

Below you can view the recorded lecture and accompanying presentation by clicking on ‘Keynote Lecture’.

‘Captivating and Captive Audiences’ by Professor Howard Williams: Keynote Lecture

Another runic talk on 21 March

Thursday 21 March turns out to be a great day for runic talks!

At 18.00 at the Gamla Uppsala Museum, Magnus Källström (Riksantikvarieämbetet) will talk about runic inscriptions on objects.

Earlier that day, the Runstenarnas Tid seminarium takes place at Stockholms läns museum 12.30-17.00. Registration for this event ends tomorrow.

And over in Denmark, the Minisymposium om runer og runesprog takes place 13.15-17.15 at the Syddansk Universitet in Odense.

31. tværfaglige vikingesymposium: all about Jelling, the stones, and their context

The proceedings of the 31. tværfaglige vikingesymposium are out now. It contains the following contributions:

  • Judith Jesch: ‘Reading the Jelling Inscription’a photo of the cover of the proceedings of the  31. tværfaglige vikingesymposium
  • Jens Peter Schjødt: ‘Kristningen af Norden: en diskussion af religions-typologiske karakteristiska ved henholdsvis hedenskaben og kristendommen’
  • Else Roesdahl: ‘…vandt sig Danmark al … – hvad mente Harald?’
  • Mads Kähler Holst, Mads Dengsø Jessen and Anne Pedersen: ‘Runestenes Jelling’

Buy the publication here, it costs only 50 DKK.

One-day SSNS conference on sculptured stones in Meigle

On Saturday the 13th of April, the Scottish Society for Northern Studies are organising a one-day conference on sculptured stone in Meigle: Early Medieval Meigle.

The programme includes the following papers:

  • Mark Hall (Perth Museum): ‘The Meigle Stones: A Biographical Overview’
  • Nick Evans (University of Edinburgh): ‘Meigle in its Pictish and Viking Historical Context’
  • Peter Drummond (University of Glasgow): ‘Medieval Meigle: The Place-Name Evidence’ (drawing on research by Simon Taylor)
  • Elizabeth Pierce (University of Glasgow): ‘Hunting Hogbacks: Seeking Archaeological Context’
  • Martin Goldberg (National Museums of Scotland): ‘Pictish Adventus Ceremonies’

Anna Ritchie (Independent Scholar) will lead a visit to Meigle Museum, the Kirkyard and Sculptured Stones

See full programme and registration details here: SSNS conference Early Medieval Meigle.

This is taking place in the weekend after our workshop in Chester, so perfect timing for more carved and sculptured stone scholarship.