During this seminar, we will discuss whether there are similarities between the civil wars of the Middle Ages and today and fundamentally illustrate the role of conflicts in creating and destroying communities. Our thesis is that conflicts play a more constructive role than one often believes.

The seminar is based on the research project The Nordic “Civil Wars” in the High Middle Ages in a Comparative Perspective, led by Jón Viðar Sigurðsson and Hans Jacob Orning, professors of medieval history at UiO.

Øyvind Østerud, professor of political science, UiO, and Henrik Vigh, professor of social anthropology, University of Copenhagen, will participate in the seminar, along with Hans Jacob Orning. Jón Viðar Sigurðsson will be chairman.

More information will become available later.