Dale Kedwards

Research, writing, exhibitions



Thank you for visiting my website. Here you can find out  more about my projects, browse exhibitions I have developed, read my blog, and see some works-in-progress. 


Árni Magnússon's Sea Charts

An exploration of the sea charts in the Árni Magnússon Collection; these little known nautical charts were used as manuscript bindings in the eighteenth century, and though they are an important cartographic collection in their own right, they have not been examined before now.

Writing Futures

A virtual exhibition (The National Museum of Iceland and the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle) exploring the role medieval imagery plays in our thinking about outer space and its exploration.


The Mappae Mundi of Medieval Iceland

A book exploring the earliest world maps drawn in medieval Iceland, and what they tell us about medieval peoples' understanding of their place in the world.



  • 2021 - 

Árni Magnússon Research Fellow

The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, Manuscript Department

  • 2019 - 2021 

HM Queen Margrethe II Distinguished Research Fellow

The National Museum of Iceland, the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark, and the University of Iceland.

  • 2016 - 2018

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Centre for Medieval Literature, Syddansk Universitet, Odense.

  • 2015 - 2016

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

The University of Zürich



2011 - 2015

University of York

PhD English and Related Literature

Funded by the British Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

2009 - 2010

University of Nottingham

MA Norse and Viking Studies (Distinction)

Funded by the British Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Margaret Orme Prize, Viking Society for Northern Research

2008 - 2009

University of Iceland

Diploma in Practical Icelandic (Ágætiseinkunn)

Funded by the Icelandic Ministry for Education, Science and Culture

2005 - 2008

University of Birmingham

BA English (First Class)

Geoffrey-Shepherd Prize for Medieval Studies





The Mappae Mundi of Medieval Iceland (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer).

Special Issues



‘Interstellar Skies: The Lunar Passage in Literature through the Ages’, Interfaces: A Journal of Medieval European Literatures, vol. 8 (2021).

Articles and Book Chapters



'Astronomy, Literary Criticism, and Medieval Literature: An Introduction', Interfaces: A Journal of Medieval European Literatures, vol. 8 (2021).

‘The Compassed Earth: Maps and Diagrams in Medieval Iceland’. In World in Fragments, edited by Svanhildur Óskarsdóttir and Gúðrun Nordal (Reykjavík: Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies)



‘On Languages On Islands’ (with Joshua Nash, Peter Bakker, Kristoffer Friis Bøegh, Aymeric Daval-Markussen, Hartmut Haberland, John Ladhams, Carsten Levisen, Jón Símon Markússon, Joost Robbe & Jeroen Willemsen), Acta Linguistica Hafniensia: International Journal of Linguistics 42:1, 1-37.

‘Geography’. In A Critical Companion to Old Norse Literary Genre, edited by Massimiliano Bampi, Carolyne Larrington, and Sif Rikharðsdóttir (Cambridge: D.S Brewer), pp. 127-44.


 ‘Þat hafa gamlir menn mælt: The Proverbs of Egils saga.’ In Words by the Northern Way: The Uses of the Proverb in the Medieval Cultures of Northern Europe, edited by Michael Cichon and Lin Yiu (Tempe: Arizona Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies), pp. 69–82.

with Elena Parina, ‘Elucidarium: Translation and Transmission’, Crossing Borders in the Insular Middle Ages, edited by Aisling Byrne and Victoria Flood.



‘The World Image of the Konungs skuggsjá.’ In Speculum Septentrionale: Konungs skuggsjá and the European Encyclopaedic Tradition, edited by Karl Gunnar Johansson and Elise Kleivane (Oslo: Novus), pp. 71–92.



‘The Sun’s Companions: The Heliocentric Orbits of Mercury and Venus.’ In Skandinavische Schriftlandschaften / Scandinavian Textscapes, edited by Klaus Müller-Wille, Kate Heslop, Anna Katharina Richter, and Lukas Rösli (Tübingen: A. Francke), pp. 97-101.



‘Iceland, Thule, and the Tilensian Precedent in Medieval Historiography’, Arkiv för nordisk filologi 130: 57-78.

‘Cartography and Culture in Medieval Iceland’, Imago Mundi: International Journal for the History of Cartography 67:1: 120–21.



‘Wind Diagrams in Medieval Iceland’, Quaestio Insularis 16: 92–107.

Public Writing



The World from On High.’ History Today, May 2016: Issue 5: 3-4.

with Lee Swain, ‘Analysing Glacial Deposits: Fieldwork Techniques’, Geography Review 20:4, 31.



Art and Optics in the Hereford Map: An English Mappa Mundi, c. 1300. By Marcia Kupfer, Peregrinations: Journal Of Medieval Art And Architecture 7:1, 172-79.



The Vikings and their Age. By Angus A. Somerville and R. Andrew McDonald, Saga- Book 61: 153-155.



The Viking Experience. By Marjolein Stern and Roderick Dale, Saga-Book 60: 117-119.



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