Vikings and their iconography have stormed the mediascape. In 2020, for example, two best-selling video games – Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla and the indie Valheim – joined Netflix’s Norsemen, Ragnarok, and The Last Kingdom among popular re-visionings of medieval Scandinavia and its empires. More troubling has been the popularity of Viking iconography and mythography among right-wing extremists in both Europe and the United States. Many of these accounts centre on narratives of invasion, cultural exchange, and settlement, suggesting some of the ideological work undertaken by these popular histories.
Curators can approach Transmedia Vikings through a variety of lenses and topics. We encourage projects from a variety of academic, advocacy, and development backgrounds, using any type of methodological approach.
Academics, journalists, critics, media professionals, and fans are all welcome to submit proposals.
The actual piece will include a clip between 30 seconds to 3 minutes, an image, or a slideshow that will be accompanied by a 300 to 350-word response to/contextualization of your clip, image, or slideshow. In addition to your piece, you will be expected to engage the other posts presented that week to encourage discussion and further flesh out the particular topic concerning the week’s theme.
Proposals may be brief, but please describe the topic and key question(s) to be explored in detail. Please submit your proposal by August 13, 2021. If interested, please contact In Media Res with topic proposals or for more information about the theme. Be sure to include the name of the theme week you would like to be involved in the subject line of the email.
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