Life, Death, Fate and Female Embodiment: Weaving in Viking Age and Medieval Iceland

Life, Death, Fate and Female Embodiment: Weaving in Viking Age and Medieval Iceland

Lecture by Michele Hayeur Smith

Given at Bridgewater State University, on November 1, 2012



An archaeologist and expert on Icelandic and Scandinavian textiles, Dr. Michele Hayeur Smith, discusses current research on Nordic textile collections from 10 Viking Age mortuary sites and 11 settlements from the medieval period. Her work sheds light on age-old associations between female embodiment and power in Norse culture. Dr. Hayeur Smith is a curator at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Brown University. Her talk, “Life, Death, Fate and Female Embodiment: Weaving in Viking Age and Medieval Iceland,” was part of the Anthropology Distinguished Lecture series and was co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

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