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Cassidy Croci

Research Student / Research Associate, Faculty of Arts

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Research Summary

Current Status

PhD (full-time)- currently registered

Research Topic

Visualizing social networks in Landnámabók

Research Summary

My research project investigates multiple familial, spatial and social networks in Landnámabók using a novel interdisciplinary methodology combining historical and literary approaches with social network analysis and visual analytics. This approach visualizes networks in Landnámabók as well as uncovers emerging patterns of diaspora, settlement, migration and place.

Landnámabók is a useful source to investigate networks because it contains 'some 3,500 personal names and more than 1,500 place-names' (Benediktsson 1969: 275). The text enumerates the initial settlers of Iceland and their settlements clockwise around the island during the landnámsöld (c. 870-930). Yet, it is more than a mere catalogue. The genealogies of Ldn extend forwards and backwards through time and the text is furnished with short narratives describing settlers, their families and land-claims. Additionally, there are five extant versions of Ldn, three medieval (Sturlubók, Hauksbók, Melabók) and two early modern (Skarðsárbók and Þóðarbók). These factors make Landnámabók an ideal choice to apply social network analysis.

Research Interests

  • Viking Age
  • Old Norse-Icelandic literature
  • Social network analysis and visual analytics
  • Medieval Scandinavian history
  • Diaspora and Migration studies

Research Supervisors

Primary Funding Sources

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship for Research Excellence (International)

Christine Fell Award

Research Institutes, Centres and/or Research Clusters Memberships

Centre for the Study of the Viking Age

Publications

Reviews

Croci, Cassidy, Medievalism: A Critical History (review of 'Medievalism: A Critical History' by David Matthews), TOEBI Newsletter, XXXV, 2018, 26-29.

Public Engagement

Croci, Cassidy, 'International Student Ambassadors: Cassidy Croci from the United States', UoN Blogs/International Students, [accessed 6 March 2019].

Croci, Cassidy, 'Norse Notes: Astound your friends with these fascinating Viking facts', AQUILA, September 2018, p. 20.

Croci, Cassidy, and Dale, Roderick, 'The Vikings on your doorstep', Discover: The University of Nottingham's Manuscripts and Special Collections, December 2017, p. 6-7.

Croci, Cassidy, 'Viking and Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire', UoN Blogs/ Bringing Vikings Back to the East Midlands, [accessed 12 October 2018].

Conference Papers & Presentations

'Constructing Settlement: Social Network Analysis and Landnámabók' , to be presented at the International Medieval Congress, 1-4 July, University of Leeds, England.

'A New Method for the (Land)-taking: Social Network Analysis and Landnámabók', to be presented at 13th International Postgraduate Symposium in Old Norse Studies, April 2019, University of Bergen, Norway.

'Driving the Saga Narrative: Assembly Routes in the Icelandic Landscape', Settlement in the Danelaw, Medieval Settlement Research Group Winter Seminar, 8 December 2018, University of Leicester, England.

Additional Information

MA Viking and Anglo-Saxon Studies, University of Nottingham, UK, 2017

BSc (Honors) Business Administration with option in Entrepreneurial Studies dual minor in History and International Affairs, University of New Hampshire, USA, 2016

Research Associate on project entitled 'Vikings in the East Midlands' for the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age.

Event Organizer for AHRC funded project entitled 'Danelaw Saga: Bringing Vikings back to the East Midlands', July 2017- Jan 2018. Project was a finalist for the Faculty of Arts Knowledge Exchange and Impact Award at the University of Nottingham, 22 November 2018.

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