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Menai Bridge, Anglesey Albert Dock, Liverpool Langdale, Lake District
Menai Bridge, Anglesey
Menai Bridge, Anglesey

19th Viking Congress 2021: Cymru a Gogledd-Orllewin Lloegr/Wales and North-West England

17-23 July 2021 in Bangor and Liverpool, with Study Tour based in Lancaster, 23-27 July 2021.

Call for papers extended to 31 October 2020

Following the extended call for papers, in November 2020 a final decision will be taken by the organising committee on the feasibility of running the 19th Viking Congress at the given dates in 2021, due to the Covid-19 international emergency. We very much hope we can do so. The alternative is to run it at the same weeks (16-26 July) in 2022. (an online congress is not planned). Please assume it is going to be running in 2021 unless otherwise notified. A strong response to the call for papers will strengthen the case for 2021.

Croeso / Welcome

The Viking Congress is an international, interdisciplinary, academic conference on the Viking Age, which began in 1950, and meets every four years. The Congress traditionally does not have parallel sessions, and involves a single programme of spoken delegate papers, coupled with field and museum group visits to notable sites of Viking-Age interest. 2021 will be the first time that Wales leads a Viking Congress, and the first time it has taken place in either Wales or north-west England. Formerly attended by national invitation only, the Viking Congress has more recently moved to an open call for paper proposals, which are peer-reviewed for acceptance by an international academic panel convened by the organising country or countries. Numbers are necessarily restricted by the scope and intensity of activities and guided field visits during the Congress. However, there will be additional public open events and keynote lectures during the programme. The main Congress (6 days) is followed by an optional linked study tour (3 days); these will be booked separately. Numbers are also restricted on the study tour for practical reasons, although it may be possible to attend the tour even if not giving a paper at the Congress itself.

The Viking Congress

The 19th Viking Congress will take place 17-23 July 2021, with the Congress Tour on 23-27 July 2021. The programme of open lectures and delegate papers will begin at Prifysgol Bangor/Bangor University in north-west Wales on the evening of Saturday 17 July, moving to Liverpool University on Tuesday 20 July. The Congress dinner will take place in Bangor. There will be two excursions by coach, one in north Wales to Ynys Môn/ Anglesey, and the other to Chester and Wirral on route from Bangor to Liverpool. A full programme with all timings will be published in due course.

The Congress Tour will be based at Lancaster University, and linked with its Regional Heritage Centre. It will start from Liverpool University shortly after the end of the main Congress sessions on 23 July, and will finish in Lancaster (which has mainline rail connections to Manchester Airport) on 26 July (day of departure 27 July). The tour will take place in the counties of Cumbria and Lancashire, known for their spectacular landscapes, including the Lake District National Park, and strong Viking-Age associations. It will involve site visits, interpretation and public engagement, including one public lecture. We will visit places of historical, archaeological, artistic and antiquarian significance, some of which require permitted access, taking in some dramatic and rugged scenery, and will experience some of the best aspects of the region’s heritage and landscape.

Joining and Predicted Costs

Attendance at the full set of congress sessions is open to those whose paper proposal has been accepted, or in a smaller number of cases, by national Congress invitation. Additionally, there will be public lectures and associated events which are open to all: details of these will be released with the final programme.

The call for papers opened on 1st March 2020, and closes on 31st October 2020.

We aim to review all proposals and send out invitations to the 19th Viking Congress by mid-January 2021, when the joining and registration websites hosted by Bangor University (main Congress) and Lancaster University (study tour) will go live. Those submitting paper proposals will be responded to directly by email, and those which are accepted will be provided with the necessary information to access the booking areas of these websites.

Additionally, details of how to apply for Congress bursaries will be released at this point. It is anticipated that these will be applicable to postgraduate researchers and to those who have recently completed postgraduate research.

Costs: at mid-2019 prices we estimate a single attendance fee (without bursary) for the 6-day Congress in Bangor/Liverpool will be around £250 to £300, with the lower fee available to those who book within the first two months of the registration period (see call for papers). This includes the lecture programme, lunches, some evening meals (including the conference dinner), coach transport on field visits, and between venues when we move from Bangor to Liverpool. It does not include travel to or from the venues, or overnight accommodation. Bangor has mainline rail connections, including to Manchester Airport, Holyhead, Liverpool and London. Liverpool is served by air, road, sea and rail connections: it has its own airport (John Lennon Airport) and also has direct rail and coach connections to Manchester Airport.

Links for joining, payment, accommodation, travel options, and an option to notify us of any special requirements, will be provided with invitations to delegates once the call for papers is concluded. Campus accommodation in Bangor may be booked alongside your joining fee, through Bangor University. We recommend that accommodation in Liverpool is booked through Liverpool University (a link will be provided), although this is not compulsory, and a wide range of hotel options exist in the city.

The study tour is all-inclusive (transport, food, accommodation, entrance fees, special visits) and will cost circa £450 at mid-2019 prices: a link to Lancaster University for joining and payment will be provided.

We aim to launch the registration sites by early December 2020.

You will have the opportunity to raise and discuss in confidence any special needs or requirements with the organisers after your paper proposal has been accepted.

Organising Group

The Organising Committee for the 19th Viking Congress is as follows:

Prof Nancy Edwards, Prifysgol Bangor / Bangor University

Dr Clare Downham, Liverpool University

Dr Fiona Edmonds, Lancaster University

Dr David Griffiths, Oxford University