Purpose of the network
Folklore-Philology is a network of departments of folklore, Scandinavian languages, religion and archaeology at universities in Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.
The past is not only about reality as we perceive it today. For people in pre-modern times the Other World was hardly less important. This is a field that has been studied a great deal by folklorists working with records from the 19th and 20th centuries. However, it played a limited role for the Old Norse philologists for a long time. But Icelandic sagas, and medieval sources in general, are full of Other World encounters.
This has come into the focus in recent years, and extensive research in several countries has developed that has changed the traditional image of the Old Icelandic literature. Scholars in several countries have worked to bring folkloristics and Old Norse philology closer together. Historians of religion and archaeologists have also increased our knowledge of the Nordic peoples’ relationship to the supernatural world. This active research is going on in different countries and disciplines.
There are efforts to gather these scholars in research networks, but so far there has been no attempt to gather these competences into an education cooperation. By this network and its teacher and student mobility the strong but scattered competence is presented for students all over the Nordic-Baltic region: they encounter contemporary research results from the most excellent scholars themselves, from other countries and other disciplines.