Call for Book Chapters: "The Role of the Average Woman Across the World during the Viking Era"

Vernon Press invites book chapters for a forthcoming edited volume on the subject of “The Role of the Average Woman Across the World during the Viking Era”

There has been a lot of misinformation among the general population on the perceived superiority of one culture over another, especially for the women of the time. This book aims to give as complete an overview as possible of the actual role of women worldwide during this era.
Inspired by a Tumblr post that asserted the role of women from one culture had it “better” than other cultures of this same period, this book aims to be a general overview to encourage the general population to question assumptions like this and come to their conclusion while providing academic scholars an idea of where more research is needed into this field of study and period. As such, the book will be compiling established and emerging experts who study the role of the average woman in different cultures worldwide during the Viking Age from 793-1066 A.D. Each chapter author would write on the topic of the role of the average woman from their chosen culture that existed during this period. The book will be separated by continent. Continents with a large amount of cultural variation will look for two to three larger cultures from
across the continent and feature smaller cultures when the book length allows.

  • Chapters should be 5000-8000 words long, detailing the life of the average woman of a chosen culture. This can be detailing any aspect of the life of these women, but it must be something the majority of women would have done. Chapters discussing women who were upper or lower-class citizens will be excluded from this volume.
  • Cultures from around the world, both well-known and less known
  • The cultures chosen must have existed through more than two-thirds of the era mentioned.
  • Preference will be given to archaeological evidence when a culture has a written history. The author is asked to use archaeological evidence to support the historical evidence.
  • Preference will be given to authors who utilize archaeological evidence to support oral histories where a culture has living descendants and a history of conflict between the descendant communities and archaeology. This is to support the living descendant communities and to attempt to further the decolonization of the field of archaeology.
  • Lastly, preference will be given to emerging experts when their work is equal to the work of established experts. This is done to raise emerging experts; voices and not to discredit established experts.
  • Bibliographies must be in European Harvard style with in-text citations
  • Language should be written in American English

Dates to remember:

  • Abstract submission: March 27, 2023
  • Acceptance of Abstract sent out: April 17, 2023
  • Manuscript submission: July 14, 2023

Submission guidelines:
Please submit your abstract for review by the date above. Abstract and information detailed below should be emailed to Dawn Nystrom at

  • Abstracts - approximately 300 words
  • Indicate your name, association, if the work has been peer reviewed and previously published or not

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about this process.

This proposal is due on March 27th 2023.

Page last updated on January 16th 2023. All information correct at the time, but subject to change.