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Stand With Ukraine 🇺🇦

As a result of the cruel russian invasion, tragic events and atrocities are happening every day in Ukraine. Therefore, people who decided to stay in Ukraine and those who are going to other countries are requiring help and support in various ways. Numerous wonderful people are helping Ukrainians, on the borders, or in various countries. Furthermore, there are also numerous species of domesticated and wild which are suffering because of this terrifying war. It is possible to support organisations helping people and animals in Ukraine in different ways.

Below, there are links to fundraisers organised by several trusted organisations which are providing humanitarian aid, equipment for brave defenders or helping various animals.

Poster: Scraps Dominik Przerwa | Slava Ukraini (downloaded from Pogotowie Graficzne).

Help for Brave Defenders

Повернись живим (Come Back Alive)

Give Wings to Ukrainian Defenders organised by Sunflower Seeds Ukraine

United24 / U24

Charity Foundation of Serhiy Prytula

Your RevengeFor

Fundraiser to Help Ukrainian Archaeologists Fighting in Territorial Defence Forces

Medical battalion “Hospitallers”

Pirogov First Volunteer Mobile Hospital (PFVMH)

Humanitarian Help

Bakery Providing Bread for People in Need

World Central Kitchen

Info About Required Humanitarian Aid in Ukraine

Help for Animals

Vet Crew

UAnimals

Hutrooff – Saving Animals in Ukraine

Thank you very much! Слава Україні! 💙💛

News from Ukraine

Other Initiatives

Which Brands to Avoid?

Important posts concerning the war

Below are two Instagram reels by Julia Palko, which are showing parts of the beautiful Ukrainian cities before and after the cruel russian attacks.

ViS Conference

In the last years because of the COVID-19 pandemic numerous research events have been cancelled or postponed. Several of them were also moved online. Therefore, I was only able to participate in several conferences on various subjects online. This situation changed in the autumn of 2021 when the situation in some of the European countries become more stable. Thanks to this, it was possible for some postponed events to finally take place in the in-person format. Between, the 24th and 26th of November 2021 the conference ‘The Viking Age as a Foreign Place’ was organised by the Centre for Viking Age Studies and took place at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo.

On the 24th of November, the first session ‘Viking Age Narratives’ started with numerous fascinating papers concerning various aspects of the Viking Age. In my opinion, fascinating matters were presented by Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson in the paper ‘CREMATED TOGETHER – BURIED APART. The intricate composition of a grave – and the past and present narratives it has given rise to’. Charlotte presented her interpretations and results of the analyses of the complex cremation grave 59:3 discovered in Klinta (Öland, Sweden), which held the remains of a woman who might be völva (a person who dealt with Viking Age magic). In this grave, were also documented unburnt bones of a chicken (which I discuss in my PhD thesis) as well as burnt remains of various animal species. According to Charlotte, ashes and objects discovered in this grave will be professionally examined by specialists and the results of these analyses will be published soon. I am really looking forward to reading more about this fascinating grave!

Following fascinating paper ‘Digging the Orkney Story’ was presented by Judith Jesch, who analysed written sources concerning Orkney. Later there were presented several papers nicely presenting different topics concerning Viking Age.

After the coffee break, there were presented several interesting topics. I in particular enjoyed the topic discussed by Marianne Moen. Marianne in her captivating paper ‘Narratives of Sacrifice’ presented different examples of brutal Viking Age sacrifices and their meanings in the beliefs.

I also listened with pleasure paper ‘Exotic TV Vikings: Casting an orientalising gaze on the past’ which was delivered by Pragya Vohra. During it, there were presented different inter alia nice examples of Viking Age reception in films and TV series.

The second day of this nice conference started with a session ‘Speaking Objects’ concerning meanings and symbolisms of various objects in daily life and beliefs in the Viking Age. Then there were presented numerous fascinating papers. My attention was particularly attracted by the interesting paper ‘The Viking Age from Below: Narratives of Captivity, Enslavement, and Coercion’ by Ben Raffield. Ben presented the results of his fascinating research on Viking Age slavery.

In the afternoon, it began the third session of the conference, which was entitled ‘Human-Environmental Interactions’.  In the evening all of the participants of the conference were invited to visit exhibitions in the Museum of Cultural History. Then, I had the opportunity to visit for the first-time amazing exhibition ‘Fabulous Animals – from the Iron Age to the Vikings’. It is wonderfully designed! It presents the meanings of the various real and fantastic animals in the iconography of the late Iron Age. In the several showcases are beautifully exhibited different precious objects which are supplemented by nice animations as well as very atmospheric sound effects and music.

Later, the fascinating poster session took place in the big room of the Museum of Cultural History. In the short presentations were discussed the topic of posters which were exhibited along the wall of the room.  During this part of the conference, I had the pleasure to co-present the poster ‘Völva rediscovered? Expressions of magic, power and identity in a Viking Age grave’ which I prepared together with Julie Westlye and Leszek Gardeła.

Leszek and I, in our short talk, discussed a fascinating cremation grave which was discovered in Norway. The results of our research will be published soon in the collection of papers. Stay tuned!

On the third, and the last day of the conference, there were presented several papers in the scope of the session ‘Human-Environmental Interactions’.

It was really nice to take part in the in-person conference after such a long break. It was wonderful to have numerous captivating conversations with knowledgeable researchers. Thank you very much for this fascinating event!

Talk for AMRI Research Group

In the last months due to lasting COVID-19 pandemics, I was not able to participate in the in-person research events. However, in October 2021 situation became more stable and some lectures and meetings have been moved back to physical formats. Therefore, it was also possible to organise some events which cannot take place in 2020 and early 2021. This happened also with the research visit of the research group from the University of Stavanger being part of the project ‘Animals Mediating the Real and the Imaginary’. Researchers being part of this group are examining various aspects of human-nonhuman relations in the past.

On the 26th of October 2021, they visited Oslo and I was kindly invited to present the current results of my PhD project. In my talk ‘Feathers and Bones: Human-Avian Relations in Viking Age Funerary Rituals and Beliefs’ I presented various aspects of the human-avian relations in the Viking Age funerary practices and beliefs. I also present my hypotheses concerning the meanings of various bird species in cremation and inhumation burial rituals.

After, my talk I get numerous interesting questions and remarks concerning matters which I discussed during my presentation. It was really nice to discuss various aspects of human-nonhuman relations in the past with such knowledgeable researchers! I hope that in the nearest future it will be possible to meet these nice researchers again.

I would like to thank my supervisor Zanette Glørstad for the kind invitation to present my PhD to the AMRI research group!