Periodic Reporting for period 1 - NORNS (Northern Narratives: The Poetics of Cultural Contact between Germany and Scandinavia in the Middle Ages)
Reporting period: 2015-09-01 to 2017-08-31
I have begun disseminating my findings with an article in the ‘Modern Language Review’, a leading journal in the field. I also communicated insights from my work in my blog (category ‘NORNS’). I have already exploited the foundation laid by my work on northern chronicles in an invited presentation at an international workshop on power and rulership (October 2017). Further exploitation of my results in future could cover additional languages and genres from northern Europe. It could also adopt a comparative perspective and relate the processes I have described to analogous ones on a wider, even global scale. My awareness of these possibilities is a direct result of the new intellectual horizons that were created by working alongside colleagues at CML, whose research probes the boundaries of Europe as a frame of reference for literary history.
The project’s societal impact was similarly democratic and educational: I wanted to show how learning about the Middle Ages can help wider society to question oversimplified understandings of migration and national identity in Europe. Two highlights of how I developed these implications of the project can be given here. The first is the presentation, ‘Shared Identities in Medieval Germany and Denmark’, that I gave to a class at Frederiksberg Gymnasium in Copenhagen; the topic had an immediate relevance because many students were from minority backgrounds (April 2017). The second is the public performance of narratives between East and West by the actress Serap Güven (born in Turkey, living in Brussels) that I coordinated at the Museum Europäischer Kulturen in Berlin (July 2017).