Multidisciplinary Approaches to Disability in Iceland (Late 9th–Early 20th Century)

Christopher Crocker*, Eva Þórdís Ebenezersdóttir, Sólveig Ólafsdóttir, Arndís Bergsdóttir, Haraldur Þór Haraldsson, Alice Bower, Yoav Tirosh, Hanna Björg Sigurjónsdóttir, James Rice

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This article reports on a multidisciplinary project exploring constructions of disability in Iceland before the establishment of disability as a modern legal, bureaucratic, and administrative concept. The project’s vast temporal scope spans the settlement of Iceland in the late 9th century to the early 20th century, and it combines research in the fields of Archaeology, Medieval Literature, Folklore, History, and Museology. The article outlines the project’s rich and diverse source material and its data collection procedures before discussing the various methods employed across the disciplines involved. Focus simultaneously turns to the project’s myriad discipline-specific findings and to the presence of ambiguity and absence, invisibility, or silence as recurring crossdisciplinary themes.

Original languageEnglish
JournalScandinavian Journal of Disability Research
Pages (from-to)154-164
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Absence
  • Collaborative Research
  • Disability History
  • Iceland
  • Methodology


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