Last November, I attended a conference at the University of Malmö with the theme “Medievalism, Public History, and Academia: the Re-creation of Early Medieval Europe, c. 400-1000”. In my paper, I discussed various challenges for runologists in the 21st century, and I was asked to write a blog post based on this. It is by no means a definite account covering all of current runology and the public perception of runes but it is intended as food for thought, reflecting about my own place as an academic working on something that has been and is being abused in politics and that has a religious connotation or meaning for some.
The post can be found here. If you have any interest in medievalism, I recommend all the other posts, too – ranging from the Lombards to Viking warrior woman stereotypes, there is something for everybody.