About

The Network of Early Career Researchers in Old Norse (“NECRON”) is an international, interdisciplinary network of PhD Students and Early Career Researchers (i.e. Post-Doctoral Researchers, Adjuncts, External Lecturers, Museums and Libraries Employees) working in all fields of research on medieval Scandinavia – that is, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, and areas of Viking-Age settlement from around 800 ad until the Reformation in the 1530s.

NECRON was first formalised in 2017 with the holding of the inaugural workshop: Trends and Challenges in Early Career Scholarship, which took place at the University of Copenhagen 21-22 October 2017. NECRON plans to hold biannual workshops, thus allowing the formal and informal discussion of key trends in our field and the current issues facing younger scholars seeking further academic employment. These events will address key academic trends in the study of medieval Scandinavia, a number of challenges faced by Nordic PhD students and ECRs in particular, and to allow attendees to benefit from one another’s knowledge in both professional and academic spheres. These workshops will also enable a great deal of interdisciplinary communication and promote Nordic cooperation, aiming to serve PhD Students and ECRs from any field working with medieval Scandinavia. Holding such events in conjunction with another conference relevant to NECRON’s members, thereby easing the financial pressure on junior scholars, will establish a long-term forum for international, inter-Nordic information exchange going forward, supporting junior scholars in the face of a highly diverse and rapidly developing field.

At NECRON’s second workshop, it was decided that the the network should remain an open organisation without any official membership and it should continue to be run on voluntary basis.  Organisers of the NECRON events are considered a voluntary board members.

NECRON board 2017
Katarzyna Anna Kapitan, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Helen Frances Leslie-Jacobsen, University of Bergen, Norway.
Luke John Murphy, Stockholm University, Sweden.
Simon Nygaard, University of Aarhus, Denmark.

NECRON board 2018
Beth Rogers, University of Iceland, Iceland.
Helen Frances Leslie-Jacobsen, University of Bergen, Norway.
Luke John Murphy, University of Leicester, United Kingdom.
Katarzyna Anna Kapitan, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

NECRON board 2019
Helen Frances Leslie-Jacobsen, University of Bergen, Norway.
Katarzyna Anna Kapitan, Museum of National History, Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark.
Patrick Farrugia, University of Bergen, Norway.
Beth Rogers, University of Iceland, Iceland.

NECRON board 2020
Katarzyna Anna Kapitan, University of Iceland, Iceland.
Helen Frances Leslie-Jacobsen, University of Bergen, Norway.
Luke John Murphy, University of Iceland, Iceland.
Simon Nygaard, University of Aarhus, Denmark.
Beth Rogers, University of Iceland, Iceland.

NECRON board 2021
Gwendolyne Knight, Stockholm University, Sweden.
Sven Kraus, University of Basel, Switzerland.
Fraser Miller, Stockholm University, Sweden.
Friederike Richter, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany.
Juliane Tiemann, University of Bergen, Norway.