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COVID-19 Update

Published: 18/03/2020

Following instructions from both Greek and Swedish governments on procedures to minimize the spread and effects of the COVID-19 epidemics, the Swedish Institute at Athens and the Swedish House in Kavala will be closed to the public and all events postponed until further notice.

In the meantime, the Instituteʼs staff will still be available to assist you. The best way to contact the institute is via our e-mail address: swedinst@sia.gr. Individual emails of the instituteʼs staff are also available at our web site.

Stay safe!

COVID-19 Update

Reseinformation från Svenska ambassaden i Aten

Published: 20/03/2020

Reseinformation från Svenska ambassaden i Aten

Ambassaden uppdaterar kontinuerligt sin hemsida med ny reseinformation. Läget i Grekland är inte mycket bättre än de flesta länderna i regionen. Mycket har hänt och fler restriktioner kommer att komma.

Senaste nytt finns på ambassadens reseinformation som ni hittar på följande länk:

Utlysning praktik HT-2020

Published: 10/03/2020

Praktik på Svenska institutet i Athen

Svenska institutet i Athen utlyser möjlighet till praktik under 3-6 veckor, HT 2020. 

Behörig att söka praktikplatserna är den som är student (eller nyligen har avlagt examen) i Antikens kultur och samhällsliv eller annat ämne relevant för institutets verksamhet.

Ansökan senast den 15 april.

Seasonʼs Greetings

Published: 20/12/2019

The Director and the staff of the Swedish Institute at Athens wish you a...


God Jul och Gott Nytt År

Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year

Kαλά Χριστούγεννα
και
Ευτυχισμένο το Νέο Έτος

Gästforskarvistelser vid Medelhavsinstituten

Published: 02/10/2019

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ) finansierar forskning vid de svenska Medelhavsinstituten i Aten, Istanbul och Rom.

Utlysningen riktar sig till forskare inom humaniora och samhällsvetenskap som bedriver forskning eller annat vetenskapligt arbete vid lärosäten, museer, arkiv och bibliotek eller motsvarande.

Till Torstens minne

Published: 05/02/2019

Vi har nåtts av nyheten att Torsten Kälvemark, vår tidigare styrelseordförande har gått bort vid en ålder av 77 år. Torsten tillhörde den numera sällsynta skaran av ämbetsmän i statens tjänst som också är humanister och skriftställare. Under sin långa karriär var han bland annat kulturråd i London samt arbetade för Vetenskapsrådet och Högskoleverket.

Torsten drogs tidigt till den ortodoxa andligheten och lärde sig ryska vid unga år. Ett bärande tema i många av hans skrifter, som i boken om den estniske kompositören Arvo Pärt eller i essäer om den ryske filmskaparen Andrej Tarkovski, var religionens närhet till konsten. Hans sista bok Den sprängda katedralen. Den ryska kyrkans martyrium 1918 – 1938 kom ut nyligen. En annan sida av hans skrivande kom fram i de kolumner han skrev i Aftonbladet ända fram till sin död. I dem tog han ställning till aktuella samhällsproblem på ett sätt som inte sällan uppfattades som kontroversiellt.

Vi hade glädjen av att ha Torsten som vår styrelseordförande mellan 2007 och 2016. Styrelseordföranden utses av regeringen och de sitter normalt under två treårsperioder. Torsten övertalades till att sitta kvar ytterligare en treårsperiod, vilket visade sig lyckosamt då den turbulenta period då institutets själva existens var under hot inföll under hans sista period. Torsten var ett stort stöd där som i övrigt. Han var alltid tillgänglig och kom med sina kloka råd på ett milt men bestämt sätt. Åsa Linderborg skriver i sin runa över Torsten att ”han fick mycket sagt utan att använda alltför många ord”. Detta summerar hans person och gärning på ett mycket träffande sätt. Torsten var nog till slut lika minimalistisk som sin store idol Arvo Pärt.

Vi saknar honom

Call for papers: Vikings in the Mediterranean

International Conference in Athens, Greece 28-30 November, 2019

Published: 25/01/2019

The “Viking Age,” roughly 750-1050 CE/AD, is usually associated with the raids or wholesale movement of people from Scandinavia along the coasts of western and Atlantic Europe. Few non-specialists associate the same Norse populations with eastern Europe (the Rus), although they have had a comparably significant role in the political history of that part of the world. Fewer still, however, are aware of the robust Norse presence in the Mediterranean. Individually or in groups, Scandinavians were raiders, mercenaries, merchants, and—in some cases—settlers in the lands surrounding the “Middle Sea” (Miðjarðarhav). Many traces of this presence and the ensuing interaction remain to this day, seen in the material culture and the flow of objects between southern and northern Europe. Moreover, these traces are also visible in historical accounts, linguistics, iconography, and to some extent even in the social changes within the communities that took part in this exchange. This body of evidence has not gone unnoticed by scholars interested in this period and it has been addressed to some extent in the past. Nevertheless, this field of research has not hitherto seen a focused discussion within the framework of a dedicated scientific meeting, which could be of benefit to all concerned.

The international conference “Vikings in the Mediterranean,” co-organized by the Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish Institutes at Athens in the year of the Norwegian Institute’s 30th anniversary, aims to change that by bringing together scholars from various disciplines interested in the varied ways that the Norse have shaped the historical events of the medieval Mediterranean, and vice versa. In addition, our goal is to provide a meeting opportunity for scholarly communities that do not usually have open lines of communication, e.g. between colleagues working in the Mediterranean and those in Scandinavia. Finally, we hope that this conference will result in the publication of a comprehensive proceedings volume, which will address this topic in all its multifaceted aspects.

We welcome contributions on any aspect of Norse-Mediterranean relationship and invite scholars representing various scientific disciplines that can contribute to this discussion. We would, however, particularly like to see contributions related to the following overarching topics:

  • Archaeological, literary, and iconographic evidence for Viking presence in the Mediterranean
  • Mediterranean influences on early urbanization processes in Scandinavia
  • Norse society and culture before and after the contacts with the Mediterranean
  • Gender roles in northern and southern Europe during the Viking Age

Application deadline: MARCH 30, 2019

Conference dates: 28-30 November 2019

Conference location: Athens, Greece (venue to be determined)

Conference language: English

Conference format: 20 minute presentations followed by 10 minute discussion (max. 30 min).

How to apply:

To apply please send an email to the conference email address vikingsinthemed@gmail.com including the following information:

(1) title of your paper,

(2) names of all (co-)authors, specifying the corresponding author and their email address

(3) academic or professional affiliations of all (co-)authors, and

(4) abstract of maximum 300 words.

All information must be sent in English.

Upon the receipt of all applications, the Scientific Committee will select papers to be included in the conference, based on their scholarly merit and relevance. The Organizing and Scientific Committees will also assign papers to specific sessions.

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Organizing Committee:

Žarko Tankosić, Norwegian Institute at Athens
Jenny Wallensten, Swedish Institute at Athens
Kristina Winther-Jacobsen, Danish Institute at Athens

 

Scientific Committee:

Marianne Hem Eriksen, University of Cambridge
Charlotte Hedenstierna-Johnson, University of Uppsala
Frode Iversen, University of Oslo (KHM)
Carsten Jahnke, University of Copenhagen-Saxo Institute
Neil Price, University of Uppsala
Søren Michael Sindbæk, Aarhus University

Attached file: Call for papers

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