Unwilling Journey: Human Traffic in the Viking World, ca. 700–950 CE

Date
Apr 6, 2024
Audience
By invitation only

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Event Description

This day-long workshop engages with "Unwilling Journey: Human Traffic in the Viking World, ca. 700–950 CE," by Matthew Delvaux, Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts. This book-length manuscript follows the trail of viking captives taken out Western Europe, trafficked through Scandinavia, and traded into networks of exchange that reached into the distant Abbasid caliphate. These stories have not been told, as historians have called the slave trade a “blind spot” in written sources, and archaeologists have described the unfree as “invisible people” in the material record. This project engages with close readings, intertextual comparisons, digital databasing, and the integration of material evidence to tell the stories of people who were forced across borders but brought regions together, advancing a more global view of the early Middle Ages.

Workshop attendees include Robin Fleming (Boston College), Neil Price (Uppsala University), Helmut Reimitz (Princeton), Joanna Story (University of Leicester), and Jack Tannous (Princeton).

Image: Detail from the Utrecht Psalter, fol. 83r. 

Sponsor
The Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts