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The Social Qualia of Kuml: An Exploration of the Iconicity of Rune-stones with Kuml Inscriptions from the Scandinavian Late Viking Age
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.
2016 (English)In: Current Swedish Archaeology, ISSN 1102-7355, Vol. 23, 157-178 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses qualitative experiences (qualia) of Scandinavian Late Viking Age runestones from a semiotically theorized perspective. Rune-stones with kuml inscriptions receive particular attention. Despite the fact that kuml referred to different material entities, such as rune-stone, other standing stones, and/or grave, it is suggested that they resembled one another on iconic grounds. The quality associated with the multiple qualia was a sensation of safety that resulted in shared experiences that had positive social values. The article demonstrates that the semiotics of Peirce can be of great value to archaeologists who want to delve deeper into the social analysis of things.

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Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2016. Vol. 23, 157-178 p.
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rune-stones, kuml, qualitative experiences, qualia, Peirce, semiotics, Munn, body
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-280473OAI: diva2:910939
Available from: 2016-03-10 Created: 2016-03-10 Last updated: 2016-04-07Bibliographically approved

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