Editor in Chief
Dies Medievales 2004
Dies Medievales is a biannual conference of medievalists welcoming
scholars, advanced students and interested public alike. In 2004,
Dies Medievales was organised in Helsinki by Glossa - Society for
Medieval Studies in Finland, Swedish Historical Society in Finland,
the Finnish Historical Society, Centre for Nordic Studies and Renvall
Institute for Area and Cultural Studies. The official part took
place on 13th and 14th August.
The main theme of the conference was "Cultural and Economic
Assimilation in Medieval Northern Europe," with sub-themes
"Conquest, Colonisation and Christianity," "Hagiography
and History," and "Urban Networks." These themes
were discussed in key note lectures and in separate workshops. The
conference programme included lectures by such distinguished scholars
as Prof. Sverre Bagge from Bergen, Prof. Lars Boje Mortensen from
Bergen, dr. Carsten Selch Jensen from Copenhagen, dr. Bo Franzén
from Stockholm, dr. John Lind from SDU and dr. Hanno Brand from
Groningen. Friday's program ended with Jarl Gallén lecture
with the handing out of the first Jarl Gallén prize.
Cultural and Economic Assimilation
From the ninth and tenth centuries onward even the northernmost
parts of Europe were slowly integrated in the common medieval cultural,
social and economic system. This integration and assimilation took
place in the form of the Christianity and with social structures
and economic networks closely intertwined with it.
Hagiography and creation of written history for the newly christened
peoples were essential mediums of these larger processes. Another
both cultural and economic change was the development of urban centres
and networks all around the Northern Europe. Especially radical
change took place around the Baltic and Northern seas were the earlier
urban centres were scarce.
The first theme, Conquest, Colonisation and Christianity, took
a look on the vast change in different parts of northern European.
The second theme, Hagiography and History, focused on specified
literary and religious genre. The third theme, Urban Networks, turned
to the rise of trade all around the northern medieval Europe. This
publication is based on the themes and papers presented at the conference.
I would like to thank our conference guests and participants as
well as Tuomas MS Lehtonen, the head of the organizing committee.
I want to express my special gratitude to Janne Malkki, the conference
coordinator, as well as Akseli Salmi and Marita von Weissenberg
for their commitment in the process of editing the conference papers.
Last but not least, I would like to thank our anonymous referees
for their valuable work in commenting all papers.
Glossa - Society for Medieval Studies in Finland,
Swedish Historical Society in Finland
Finnish Historical Society
Centre for Nordic Studies CENS
Renvall Institute for Area and Cultural Studies