Austmarr VI

Religion – Language – Practice

with a Workshop on Late Iron Age Mortuary Behaviours


5th–6th December 2016

Helsinki, Finland


Monday, December 5

University of Helsinki main building (Fabianinkatu 33), Sali / Room 8


10:00-10:05 Welcome


Session 1: chair: Eila Stepanova


10:05-10:45 Janne Saarikivi (University of Helsinki)

Pre-Christian Finnic anthroponyms and the world view behind them


10:45-11:25 Frog (University of Helsinki)

Semantic disambiguation of theonyms.


11:25-11:55 coffee


Session 2: chair: Frog


11:55-12:25 Mikko Bentlin (University of Greifswald)

Religious practices and folk beliefs reflected in the Germanic loanwords of Finnish


12:35-13:15 Kendra Willson (University of Turku)

Runo revisited. Borrowing and semantic development


13:15-14:15 lunch at university cafeteria (own expense)


Session 3: chair: Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson


14:20-15:00 Jhonny Thérus (Uppsala University)

The complex East Swedish burial practises during the period of conversion, c. 900-1150. Some examples, problems, and solutions


15:00-15:40 Anna Wessman (University of Helsinki)

Karelian women in Espoo?


15:40-16:10 coffee


Session 4: chair: Kendra Willson


16:10-16:50 Vykintas Vaitkevičius (University of Klaipeda)

Apidėmė: Deity – Place-name – Memorial site


16:50-17:30 Leszek Slupecki (University of Rzeszowski)

The Scyld Scaefing, or There and Back Again? Boat Burials and the Idea of Reincarnation.


17:30 closing discussion


18:00 Reception at folklore department, Topelia (Unioninkatu 38 C)


Tuesday, December 6

Hotel Arthur, Virtanen hall (Vuorikatu 19)


9:00-17:00 Workshop on late Viking Age mortuary behaviours, led by Frog, Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson, Eila Stepanova and Daniel Sävborg


09:00–09:15 Opening


09:15–10:45 Session I: Two women, two places, two graves

Led by Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonason (National Historical Museum, Stockholm)


10:45–11:00 Coffee


11:00–12:30 Session II: Lamenters: performance and roles invisible to archaeology

Led by Eila Stepanova (University of Helsinki)


12:30–13:30 Lunch


13:30–15:00 Session III: Burials and graves in written sources

Led by Daniel Sävborg (University of Tartu)


15:00–15:15 Coffee


15:15–16:45 Session IV: Authority in Practice and Performance

Led by Frog (University of Helsinki)


16:45–17:00 Closing discussion


18:00 Dinner at Kolme kruunua, Liisankatu 5 (own expense)