Title of Poster / Presentation

Disentangling the Nazis and the Vikings

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

4-5-2022 1:30 PM

End Date

4-5-2022 3:00 PM

Subjects

History, Norse Symbology, Ethnonationalism

Student Level

Undergraduate

Abstract

In the development of nationalism, and specifically white ethnonationalism, the Norse have played an unfortunate role, and one that deserves a closer interrogation. In the larger scheme of white nationalism, those who seek to directly appropriate Norse symbology and a reconstruction of their own ideal of Norse culture are a relative minority, but they remain a minority which taints the study of Norse history. In this talk, I will examine how Norse symbology and identity has come to be appropriated by white nationalists, compare the racist perceptions of the Norse with knowable historical realities, explain the usefulness of Norse symbology to white supremacists, and determine whether the concept of ‘Vikingness’ as constructed by white supremacist groups fits the historical reality of the Norse. (Spoiler alert: it does not).

I developed this at PCC, and it was published as a paper in "Norse Code:" a small undergraduate history class anthology, advised by Prof. Terri Barnes.

This would be an adaptation to the oral presentation format, and would be especially salient to Portland State University: our mascot and symbology is almost entirely of medieval Scandinavian origin.

Addenda 3/6/22: Another possible presentation title is "Go Viks! Deconstructing Extremist Political Myth About Vikings"

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https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/37484

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May 4th, 1:30 PM May 4th, 3:00 PM

Disentangling the Nazis and the Vikings

In the development of nationalism, and specifically white ethnonationalism, the Norse have played an unfortunate role, and one that deserves a closer interrogation. In the larger scheme of white nationalism, those who seek to directly appropriate Norse symbology and a reconstruction of their own ideal of Norse culture are a relative minority, but they remain a minority which taints the study of Norse history. In this talk, I will examine how Norse symbology and identity has come to be appropriated by white nationalists, compare the racist perceptions of the Norse with knowable historical realities, explain the usefulness of Norse symbology to white supremacists, and determine whether the concept of ‘Vikingness’ as constructed by white supremacist groups fits the historical reality of the Norse. (Spoiler alert: it does not).

I developed this at PCC, and it was published as a paper in "Norse Code:" a small undergraduate history class anthology, advised by Prof. Terri Barnes.

This would be an adaptation to the oral presentation format, and would be especially salient to Portland State University: our mascot and symbology is almost entirely of medieval Scandinavian origin.

Addenda 3/6/22: Another possible presentation title is "Go Viks! Deconstructing Extremist Political Myth About Vikings"