The 19th Viking Congress has been postponed to 2022. Dates of the Congress will now be Saturday 23 – Friday 29 July 2022 in Bangor and Liverpool, with the Study Tour based in Lancaster, Friday 29 July – Tuesday 2 August 2022.
POSTPONEMENT TO 2022
The 19th Viking Congress was planned for July 2021. However due to the international Coronavirus emergency, and consequent travel and operational restrictions which remain in place, we have taken the decision to postpone the Congress to the dates above in 2022.
The call for papers has now closed, except for resubmissions by those who have already submitted a paper prior to 31 October. It will close fully on 31 January 2021. For further information, see ‘Submit a Paper’.
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 23-29 July 2022, with the Congress Tour on 29 July – 02 August 2022. The programme of open lectures and delegate papers will begin at Prifysgol Bangor/Bangor University in north-west Wales on the evening of Saturday 23 July, moving to Liverpool University on Tuesday 26 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 29 July, and will finish in Lancaster (which has mainline rail connections to Manchester Airport) on 01 August (day of departure 02 August). 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 spring 2021, when the joining and registration websites for the main congress and study tour will go live. Those who have submitted 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: a revision due to Coronavirus may be necessary at mid-2019 prices we estimated a single attendance fee (without bursary) for the 6-day Congress in Bangor/Liverpool to be around £250 to £300, with the lower fee available to those who book within the first two months of the registration period for accepted speakers and delegates, which will now begin in mid-2021 (see call for papers). This fee 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 we estimated it would cost circa £450 at mid-2019 prices: a link to Lancaster University for joining and payment will be provided. Arrival in Lancaster will be by tour coach, but departure will be by your own means: Lancaster is on the main London-Glasgow rail line and has direct connections to Manchester Airport.
We aim to launch the registration sites by mid-2021.
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.
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