Dr Katarzyna Anna Kapitan

Carlsberg Foundation Junior Research Fellow, Linacre College; Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of English Language and Literature


With a background in history, archaeology, and Icelandic studies, Dr Katarzyna Anna Kapitan specialises in Old Norse-Icelandic literature and culture and holds a PhD degree in Nordic Studies from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Dr Kapitan's research spans various aspects of Nordic culture (medieval and early modern), including manuscript studies, digital scholarly editing, textual criticism, transmission and reception history. Currently, she is a Junior Research Fellow at Linacre College, University of Oxford, where she is working on her project entitled Virtual Library of Torfæus, funded by the Carlsberg Foundation.

Previously, Dr Kapitan held a position of H.M. Queen Margrethe II Distinguished Research Fellow at the University of Iceland, the National Museum of Iceland, and the Museum of National History, Frederiksborg Castle. Her research project was dealing with the reception of Old Norse literature in Denmark and Iceland.


  • Old Norse culture, literature and language, Old Norse sagas, lost literature, Vikings
  • Scandinavian studies, medieval and early modern Iceland and Denmark
  • Manuscript studies, materiality of artefacts, book history
  • Reception and adaptations of medieval stories in early modern and modern culture
  • Digital humanities, application of digital tools and methods to study culture

Media experience

Dr Katarzyna Anna Kapitan has experience working with print and broadcast media including being interviewed for The Times, the BBC and Scientific American. 


English, Polish, Danish, Icelandic