The Viking Studies Society was founded in 2016 by PhD and Master’s students from the departments of History and Musicology. This society is dedicated to filling the gaps on the field of Nordic Studies in Turkey.
We aim to work on and promote not only the history of Scandinavia, but also the circle of Scandinavian, Baltic, German, Turkic, and Slavic cultures; in a word, the whole Nordic World, as they are all related to each other. There have been studies on the Vikings in Europe, North America and Russia for over a century, and a tremendous literature exists on the topic. However, with the exception of a few dissertations and the translations of three sagas, there have been no studies produced on the Vikings in Turkey, and that’s why we feel a responsibility to undertake this topic in this particular field. The Viking world left us such a massive legacy that even the part that only relates to our geography is worth placing special emphasis on. We adopt a holistic historical approach with both an awareness of the existing deficiency in the field and a methodological preference.
In despite of inadequacy in the field of academia, nowadays the widespread influence of Vikings on popular culture is quite visible. With this awareness, we will trace the footprints of the Vikings from cinema to comics, from music to computer games. In many counties there are reenactment clubs. The different types of reenactment organisations in Turkey will lay the foundations for and contribute to starting a Viking reenactment club as well.
The Viking Studies Society will not be a narrowly focused medieval studies community. Everything about the North is of interest to us, including methodological discussions and the influence of Vikings on popular culture. After all, when we recall that even the origins of the fantastic world created by “Tolkien” rested upon his academic career, isn’t it obvious that such a broad approach is a necessity?
1) To create the field of Nordic Studies in Turkey and a systematic structure with all historical, geographical and linguistic aspects.
2) To analyse, introduce and translate primary and copyrighted sources within the field.
3) To conduct methodolocigal analyses on Nordic Studies and Medieval History, Folklore, Ethnomusicology and so on, and developing an interdisciplinary methodology.
4) To have coordinated dialogues with individuals, institutions and associations, organise common working platforms, panels, conferences and workshops.
5) To create an historical reenactment area and organize Viking living history events through reenactment methods.
6) To study Viking martial art, analyse Viking weapons and tactics, reproduce these weapons through traditional means. To perform using these weapons and clothes, conducting theoretical studies on this topic.
7) To trace the footprints of the Vikings and the Northern World in music, games, comics, cinema, serials, etc. In this respect, by creating a corpus, we aim to serve as a bridge between people who are interested in this field.