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The Symbolism of the Body in Northern Europe. Cognitive Metaphors and Old Norse Myth from the Viking Age to Late Medieval Times

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Project "SYMBODIN" data sheet

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Organization address
address: MUSEPLASSEN 1
city: BERGEN
postcode: 5020

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 Coordinator Country Norway [NO]
 Total cost 196˙400 €
 EC max contribution 196˙400 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-08-01   to  2020-07-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN NO (BERGEN) coordinator 196˙400.00


 Project objective

The aim of the proposed research is to investigate the integrative function of bodily metaphors within the Old Norse Literature and Culture. The research will span the culturally important transition from pre-Christian culture to the products of Christian literacy. Its starting point will be the mythic narratives connected with initiation and sacrifice, which have a foremost position in the pre-Christian religion and which are especially rich in the cognitive metaphors of the human body. These myths and rituals exerted an influence as a pattern or model for the whole society, and provide thus an excellent tool for the understanding of its symbolic system and values. In the next step of the project the transition towards Christianity will be explored and assessed, especially its reevaluation of cognitive metaphors of the body, with the aim to map the transformations of symbolism on the borders of two cultural and religious systems. This endeavour will provide a completely new theory shedding new light on the production of meaning in culture and its reinterpretations. The research itself is to be naturally interdisciplinary, integrating religious studies, philology, cognitive linguistics, anthropology and folkloristics. My previous research prepared me for this task to a certain degree, but knowledge exchange is needed to bring it to a completion, especially consultations with scholars and experts in the field of Old Norse Studies. All this can be achieved by a 18 months research internship at the University in Bergen, which provides the best academic conditions for this project, supervised by prof. Jens Eike Schnall, and by a 6 month secondment in Reykjavík, at the University of Iceland and at the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies. This project will apply innovative interdisciplinary approach to the topic and initiate a collaboration between Prague and Bergen and Prague and Reykjavík researchers in Old Norse religion.

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