Cassidy Croci

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University of Nottingham

New Methods for the Land-taking: Visualising the social networks of ‘Landnámabók’ (‘The Book of Settlements’)

I am grateful to the EHS for the award of a bursary, as a partially-funded, International student it has provided previously inaccessible opportunities that have furthered my PhD research.

My research combines traditional historical and literary methods with Social Network Analysis and Visual Analytics to construct the economic and social networks of Landnámabók ‘The Book of Settlements’, a medieval Old Norse-Icelandic text recounting the landnámsöld ‘settlement period’ of Iceland (c. 870-930 CE).

The bursary provided financial support during my final year, which has greatly been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. It has covered most of my rent and living costs during this period. This financial relief has allowed me to focus on presenting and preparing for international conferences including the EHS Annual Conference, the 5th International St Magnus Conference, and the International Medieval Congress.

Furthermore, the bursary has enabled me to be accepted into and partially finance my spot at the Summer School in Modern Icelandic Language and Culture at the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies in Reykjavik during July 2021. This course provides the language skills necessary to engage with Icelandic scholarship for completion of my thesis as well as broadens my career prospects.