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Cassidy Croci

Research Student,


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 Landnámabók 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 Landnámabók, three medieval (Sturlubók, Hauksbók, Melabók) and two early modern (Skarðsárbók and Þórðarbók). 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


Conference Reports

Croci, C., 2019. The Richard Hall Symposium 2019: Women and Power in the Viking World, 24 February 2019, York, England. Kyngervi. 1, 137-41


Croci, C., 2018. Medievalism: A Critical History by D. Matthews (review), TOEBI Newsletter. XXXV, 26-9

Public Engagement

Croci, C., 2019. 'International Student Ambassadors: Cassidy Croci from the United States', UoN Blogs/International Students.

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

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

Croci, C., 2017. 'Viking and Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire', UoN Blogs/ Bringing Vikings Back to the East Midlands.

Conference Papers & Presentations

'Your farm or mine? Marriage and patterns of female movement in Landnámabók', to be presented at 5th International St Magnus Conference, 15 to 18 April 2020, University of Highlands and Islands, Scotland.

'Constructing Settlement: Social Network Analysis and Landnámabók', International Medieval Congress, 1-4 July 2019, University of Leeds, England.

'A New Method for the (Land)-taking: Social Network Analysis and Landnámabók', 13th International Postgraduate Symposium in Old Norse Studies, 8-10 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.

Impact and Outreach

Student Coordinator for Vikings and Anglo-Saxons for Schools, a volunteering project aimed to make our research expertise in this area available to schools through carefully-selected, age-appropriate and tailored events. We strive to enthuse and encourage the next generation of Viking and Anglo-Saxon experts!

Museum Outreach Facilitator for the University of Nottingham Museum of Archaeology .

Additional Information

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

Research Assistant on project entitled 'Staffordshire Place-name Project' for the Institute for Name-Studies.

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.

International Student Ambassador for the University of Nottingham.


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

Centre for the Study of the Viking Age

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