Dr Pragya Vohra

Pragya VohraNetwork Facilitator

Contact Details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 223 1235
  • Email: pv68@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Attenborough 704


I joined the department as a Research Associate on the Leverhulme Trust funded project, The Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain in September 2014. I am currently working on a Leverhulme Trust funded Network project, Insular Manuscripts, AD 650-850: Networks of Knowledge.

I have a multidisciplinary background, having completed my BA with Honours from St. Xavier’s College, University of Mumbai with a major in History and minors in English Literature and Anthropology in 2001, followed by an MA in History from the University of Mumbai (2003). I moved to the UK in 2003 for an MA in Early Medieval Studies from the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York and stayed on at York to complete my PhD in 2009.

After having taught at the universities of York, Sheffield and Hull, I came to the University of Leicester as a Teaching Fellow in Early Medieval History in 2012-2013, followed by a stint as Lecturer in Early Medieval European History at Aberystwyth University in 2013-15.


Research interests:

  • Viking age British Isles and Scandinavia, including the Norse North Atlantic
  • Viking age and Anglo-Scandinavian Britain
  • Medieval migration, settlement and the formation of diasporas
  • Social memory, oral history
  • Social networks

Research Projects


  • 2009, ‘The Eiríkssynir in Vínland: Family Exploration or Family Myth?’,Viking and Medieval Scandinavia 4, 249-267 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1484/J.VMS.1.100314
  • 2014, ‘Family and Kinship’, ‘Marriage’ and ‘Vínland Sagas’ in J. Jesch and C. Lee (ed.) Encyclopaedia of the Viking World (Wiley-Blackwell)
  • 2014, The Vikings in Cleveland, AHRC ‘Languages, Myths and Finds Project’; co-edited with Dr. Heather O’Donoghue (Oxford)
  • 2015. 'One of Us?: Negotiating Multiple Legal Identities across the Viking Diaspora', Ethnic and Racial Studies, Volume 39, Issue 2 pp. 204-222: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2016.1105998
  • 'Creating Kin, Extending Power: Blood-brotherhood Networks in Medieval Iceland' in Fletcher et al (ed.) Masculinity and Political Culture in Europe: From Antiquity to the Contemporary World (in press, Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Kinship in the Viking Diaspora: Icelanders and their Relations Across the North Atlantic;  Monograph (under contract, Routledge)
  • ‘History and Archaeology’ in P. Lambert and P. Schofield (ed.) Making History: An Introduction to the History and Practices of a Discipline, 2nd. ed. (under contract, Routledge)
  • Review, Shane McLeod, The Beginning of Scandinavian Settlement in England in
    Saga Book of the Viking Society (forthcoming)
  • ‘”Love-Sick Knut”: Medieval and Early Modern Commemorations’, Scandinavica,
    with N. Moon (forthcoming)
  • ‘Family Memories’ in J. Glauser, P. Hermann, S.A. Mitchell (ed.) Pre-Modern
    Nordic Memory Studies: An Interdisciplinary Handbook (forthcoming)
  • ‘Mapping the Sex-Specific Contributions of Norwegian Vikings to the British Isles and Beyond’, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, with R. Rasterio, J. Wetton, M. Jobling, et al. (forthcoming)

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