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Föredrag: Women in the Viking Age

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Datum: 2016-10-26
17:30 – 19:00

Swedish American Hall

Välkommen till en trevlig kväll med mingel och föredrag om “Women in the Viking Age”

Vår egen Swea Barbro Osher öppningstalar och sedan kommer Professor Williams från Uppsala Universitet att föreläsa (på engelska) om “Women in the Viking Age”


The Vikings may not have been terribly literate (or sensitive), but when women were almost forgotten in medieval literature the rune stones (and some say the most beautiful carvings thereon) made Viking women and their stories the heart of the narrative!

Mingel börjar kl 17.30, föreläsningen börjar kl 18.15.

Föreläsning och mingel är gratis, men du måste anmäla dig via epost till Leila Wozniak (

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Women in the Viking Age Lecture by Professor Henrik Williams

Please join the Swedish Consul General Barbro S. Osher, SWEA, and Uppsala University’s San Francisco Alumni Chapter in welcoming one of the world’s leading experts on runic inscriptions, Professor Henrik Williams from Uppsala University.

Professor Williams will take us on a trip one thousand years back to explore Women in the Viking Age! Women of Viking and medieval times are seldom mentioned in historical documents and the archeological record, yet rune stones and other runic objects tell a different story about women from all walks of life in the Viking age.

Women of Viking and medieval times are seldom mentioned in historical documents and the archeological record, yet runestones and other runic objects tell a different story, and about women from all walks of life in the Viking age.

From Christian themes inscribed on mighty memorials, to lewd carvings on wooden sticks, Professor Williams’ explorations of runes will give you a fascinating insight into female existence a thousand years ago.

Professor Henrik Williams

Professor Henrik Williams is a professor in Scandinavian Languages at Uppsala University in Sweden. He has authored scholarly papers in both Swedish and English and published a variety of pieces including a book on the language in Viking-age Swedish runes stones. He is also co-editor of the scholarly periodical Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies and the director of the Uppsala Runic Forum. In 2015, he was awarded the Rudbeck Medal for his ground-breaking work in runology.

Consul General Barbro Osher

Barbro Osher is a native of Stockholm and a graduate of Stockholm University. She pursued a career in publishing and advertising in Sweden before moving to the United States in the early 1980s. For many years, she was owner and publisher of Vestkusten, one of the few Swedish-American newspapers in the United States. Over the years, she has represented both the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the Swedish Tourist Board. Barbro is the founder of the Swedish Women’s Educational Association chapter in San Francisco, and was president of Positive Sweden/North America. She serves on the boards of the University of California (Berkeley) Foundation, the American-Scandinavian Foundation, and previously on the Nobel Museum’s board in Stockholm. She chairs the Bernard Osher Foundation and is president of the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation. She also is an active member of the Consular Corps of San Francisco.

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