The 25th Pre-modern seminar at the University of Tartu takes place on Monday May 20th. PhD Rasa Baranauskiene from the University of Vilnius will give a talk called
"CELTIC AND SCANDINAVIAN CULTURAL CONTACTS DURING THE VIKING AGE - THE ISLE OF MAN".
The seminar will take place in the library of Skandinavistika (Ülikooli 17, 3rd floor, room 305) at 18.15.
Rasa has sent us a short presentation of the lecture:
"Viking Age Celtic and Scandinavian language and cultural contacts resulted in profound changes in both societies. Viking Age rune-stones found in the Isle of Man contain some exceptional features and in many ways diverge from the rest of the Scandinavian runic corpus. Presence of the Ogam tradition in the Isle of Man might have been one of the factors why rune-stones were so well accepted and flourished in the isle during the Viking Age. One of the most unique features is the presence of bilingual runic-Ogam inscriptions which were carved at the same time as runic inscriptions and not earlier. Linguistic research of the Manx rune-inscriptions revealed the influence of Celtic upon Scandinavian language. First of all, rune-inscriptions contain a lot of Celtic personal names. Besides, there are many cases of inflectional confusion that is likely to arise in a bilingual society."
Rasa Baranauskiene is PhD and lecturer at the University of Vilnius. In 2012 she defended her doctoral thesis called Celtic and Scandinavian Language and Cultural Contacts during the Viking Age. She has worked with Celtic and Nordic traditions in the borderline between disciplines such as philology, folklore, history of literature, archaeology, and runology.
The Pre-modern seminar is an interdisciplinary and informal seminar at Tartu University organized by the Department of Scandinavian Studies and led by Professor Daniel Sävborg. It was founded in 2010 and has so far arranged 24 meetings with talks by scholars on different levels, both from Estonia and from abroad. The focus is on pre-1800 issues of all kinds.
Everybody is welcome!