Vikinghood in Museums: The Dane, the Bitch, and Everyone Else

Mira Alexandra Klokmose Williams, Daniel Tarkan Nacak Rasmussen, Maria Cristina Suta & Julia Christina Ochmann

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt



This project examines three museums in Denmark and Sweden (The National Museum of Denmark, Moesgaard Museum and Vikingaliv Museum) concerning their representation of ‘Vikinghood’. The term refers to whom is included or excluded in the body of people that constitute ‘the Vikings’. The project is based on fieldwork carried out in Viking Age exhibitions in Denmark and Sweden, and analysed using Multimodal Critical Discourse Analysis (MCDA) to uncover their most prevalent discourses of representation, as defined by Hall, Foucault and others. Key concepts used in this project report are: nationalism, gender roles, inclusion, diversification, and the de- and reconstruction of knowledge (re)production. In addition, the function of museums as identity constructing institutions is taken into consideration. Based on the analysis and theory implementation, this report discusses power manifestation in Viking representations and places them into a broader context.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato19 dec. 2017
Antal sider64
VejledereRandi Lorenz Marselis


  • Museum Studies
  • Discourse
  • Vikings
  • MCDA
  • Representation
  • Gender
  • Inclusion
  • Diversity