MemberKhodadad Rezakhani

I am a global historian of late antiquity and the early medieval period. While Central and West Asia has been the focus of much of my research, I am interested and have worked on history of the wider Eurasian world and have a deep interest in early medieval Scandinavia and Northern Europe. I also work with coins, as well as a wide range of languages including Syriac, Middle Persian, Greek, Bactrian, Persian, Arabic, and Old Norse. One of my passions, and side research subjects, is the history of food and cooking and the sources of foodstuff and ingredients. I was born in Iran and raised in Iran and Europe. I have studied in the UK (London School of Economics) and the US (UCLA) and have taught and conducted research at Leiden University (the Netherlands) Princeton University (USA), University of California, Irvine (USA), and Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany). Apart from academic activities, I love travelling and visiting both historical and natural sites, learning about different cuisines, playing and watching tennis, and heavy metal music!

MemberKeith Ruiter

…Renegotiating Early Law in Scandinavia and Iceland:
Culture, Custom, and Practice in the Viking Age and Beyond
May 2021-May 2023:
SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (ref: 756-2021-0499)
Université de Montréal, Département d’anthropologie, Canada 

Beginning a transdisciplinary project applying Indigenous legal studies approaches to medieval Scandinavian customary law. Placed in the Laboratoire d’archéologie publique and supervised by Dr Katherine Cook, this project seeks to foster dialogue between legal traditions and makes use of cutting-edge dissemination strategies to maximize public engagement.
Additional support and mentorship provided through a Fellowship awarded by Western Michigan University’s Wallace Johnson Program for First Book Authors.

…, in Britain & its Neighbours: Cultural Contacts & Exchanges in Medieval & Early Modern Europe, ed. by Dirk H. Steinforth & Charlie Rozier, New York: Routledge, Routledge Themes in Medieval and Early Modern Histories,  105-20.
Ruiter, Keith. 2020. ‘Berserks Behaving Badly: Manipulating Normative Expectations in Eyrbyggja saga’, in Narrating Law and Laws of Narration in Medieval Scandinavia, ed. by Roland Scheel, Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, Reallexikon der Germanischen Altertumskunde. Ergänzungsbände 117, 171-184.
Ruiter, Keith. 2019. ‘A Deviant Word Hoard: A Study of Non-Normative Terms in Early Medieval Scandinavia’, in Social Norms in Medieval Scandinavia, ed. by Jakub Morawiec, Aleksandra Jochymek, & Grzegorz Bartusik, Leeds: ARC Humanities Pres…

I am an experienced researcher and educator specializing in early medieval northern Europe. My primary research considers issues of law, normativity, and transgression in Viking and Medieval Scandinavian societies and I am passionate about interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to teaching and researching the medieval world. My postdoctoral research project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, investigates early Scandinavian customary law and applies methodologies from Indigenous legal studies to better understand and articulate it. I have previously worked as Assistant Professor in the University of Nottingham’s School of English, Teaching Assistant in the University of Aberdeen’s Department of Anglo-Saxon and Celtic Studies, and Guest Researcher at Uppsala University’s Department of History and Stockholm University’s Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, and am currently Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age (University of Nottingham) and the Institute for Northern Studies (University of the Highlands and Islands).

MemberHoward Williams

My research interests are mortuary archaeology, archaeologies of memory, the history of archaeology, public archaeology and the early medieval archaeology of Britain, Ireland and Scandinavia (c. 400-1100). I’m a co-director of Project Eliseg, and co-convenor of the Offa’s Dyke Collaboratory.

MemberChristian Oertel

I am a medieval historian working preferably on the peripheries of medieval latin Europe (Scandinavia, Central Europe). I have written my PhD thesis on the cult and veneration of St Erik of Sweden following his way from a local saint around Uppsala in the late 12th century to the royal patron of the Swedish realm in the 15th. For my PostDoc project I turned to late medieval Bohemia and am currently working on the ruling praxis of Wenceslaus IV (“the Lazy”) during the last decade before his dethronement as king of the Holy Roman Empire.

MemberMaximilian Stewart-Hawley Cronkite

I am in the final year of my Bachelor of Arts with honours at Carleton University. My major is in history and I have a minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies as well as Greek and Roman Studies. My main area of interest, as well as the subject of my undergraduate honours thesis, is Early Medieval Europe. More specifically, the social, political, and religious relationships during the 6th century in Frankish Gaul – mainly through the writings of Gregor of Tours. I am currently studying the language of Old Norse/Icelandic and the associated literature, particularly the writings of Snorri Sturluson. I particularly enjoy conversion history and the comparison of pre-Christian Scandinavia to western Christian culture.

MemberAstrid Marner

…nced publication, realising the latest developments in Digital Humanities. This open access, on-line website will exchange data with existing scientific databases and make it possible for other scholars to collaborate actively. By spanning the borders between Traditional and Material Philology, Cataloguing and Editing, and Traditional and Digital Humanities, INVISIBILIA reaches out to scholars of medieval Scandinavia and Medieval Latin alike. The research results will be directly comparable to other pre- modern bilingual literary systems and challenge the isolationism still found in Old Norse-Icelandic scholarship.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654147….

My current research focuses on Old Norse/Latin bilingualism in medieval manuscripts. The project is funded by the European Commission through a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (Horizon 2020). Its title is “Tracing the Invisible. Old Norse and Latin in medieval manuscripts” with the acronym INVISIBILIA. Before that, I was a member of the project “From manuscript fragments to book history” at the University of Bergen. This project was funded by Bergen Research Foundation (BFS). There, I was working on office lectionaries, which from Norway are only preserved in fragmentary form, and the Nidaros Ordinal in its various preserved form. This work is still going on. Other research activities cover sermon preaching in medieval Iceland and Norway, fourteenth-century Skálholt as a cultural hub the distribution and use of Peter Comestor’s Historia scholastica in the North, and Grimr Holmsteinsson’s Jóns saga baptista II.

MemberGrzegorz Bartusik, PhD


G. Bartusik: Himna smiðr. Starożytna hebrajska metafora konceptualna BÓG TO TWÓRCA NIEBA w języku i literaturze średniowiecznej Islandii. W: Studia hebraica. Księga pamiątkowa Seminarium Wiedzy o Hebrajszczyźnie Biblijnej dedykowana Pani Profesor Kamilli Termińskiej. Red. M. Zając, I. Kida. Katowice: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego, 2019, s. 37-67.

Social Norms in Medieval Scandinavia. Ed. J. Morawiec, A. Jochymek, G. Bartusik. Leeds: Arc Humanities Press – Amsterdam University Press, 2019.

G. Bartusik: Cultural Transfer of Cognitive Structures of Fortune in the Latin and Old Icelandic Literatures and Languages: The Case of the Metaphor Fortune is a Wheel. In: Social Norms in Medieval Scandinavia. Ed. J. Morawiec, A. Jochymek, G. Bartusik. Leeds: A…

I am a principal investigator of the research project / grant of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, National Science Centre, PRELUDIUM 14 / research project entitled: Dissemination of the Latin Conceptual Metaphors in the Old Norse-Icelandic literature as a Cognitive Manifestation of Christianization and Europeanization of the Mediaeval Scandinavia) carried out at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Silesia in Katowice.

MemberFraser McNair

…(2019), pp. 55-73.

‘Kingship and consent in the reign of Charles the Simple: The case of Sint-Servaas (919)’, The Mediaeval Journal 7.2 (2019), pp. 1-22.

‘A post-Carolingian voice of dissent: The Historia Francorum Senonensis’, The Journal of Medieval Latin 28 (2018), pp. 15-47.

‘Vikings and Bretons? The language of factional politics in late Carolingian Brittany’, Viking and Medieval Scandinavia 11 (2015), pp. 183-202….

I’m currently a visiting research fellow at the University of Leeds. The overall framework of my research is that of authority: how it was negotiated between different levels of power, how it operated in practice, and how it transformed between the earlier and later Middle Ages. To that end, my current research is focused on the relationship between bishops and kings between the late ninth and late eleventh centuries. In general terms, I am particularly interested in the production and use of documentary material, and in the relationship between life histories and historical processes.

MemberDominik Waßenhoven

I am an Historian of the Middle Ages, working as ‘Akademischer Rat’ (which is corresponding to a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer) at the University of Cologne. My focus is on Northern European History (England, Scandinavia, as well as the Reich), especially in the 10th and 11th centuries. I am mainly interested in the depiction of history and how contemporaries viewed their own time and their immediate past.