BiographyIt was in the autumn of 2000 that I first encountered manuscripts in my historical research. That was in connection with a project I was working on at the National Archive of Iceland in Reykjavík. It is safe to say that my first visit to the Archives would have momentous significance for me as a historian – as ever since that moment I have been fascinated by the world of manuscripts. Since 2003 I have been an independent scholar at the Reykjavík Academy, working on a variety of subjects concerned with women‘s manuscripts. For some years I have been working with ego documents, and learning how they can be applied in historical research. In 2009 I completed my MA degree from the University of Iceland Faculty of History and Philosophy with the thesis, Hulda. Women ‘s self-expression in the 18th and 19th centuries). (Hulda. Sjálfstjáning kvenna á 18. og 19. öld)
My first book, The Story of Guðrún Ketilsdóttir. A microhistorical study of an 18th-century peasant woman (Sagan af Guðrúnu Ketilsdóttur. Einsögurannsókn á ævi 18. aldar vinnukonu) was published in 2013 by the University of Iceland Press. The book was awarded the Fjöruverðlaun, women’s literature prize in 2014, in the category of academic books and was also nominated that year for an award conferred by Hagþenkir, the Association of Non-fiction and Educational Writers in Iceland.