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    KW15 1FL Kirkwall

    United Kingdom

Organization profile

Organisation profile

The Orkney and Shetland Islands, along with Caithness on the Scottish mainland, are identified primarily in terms of their nordic cultural and linguistic heritage. The work of the Institute for Northern Studies is to rediscover, preserve and interpret local culture for future generations.

This interdisciplinary research centre has bases in both Orkney and Shetland.

The Institute has the following four strategic aims

  • To promote and publicise research in Nordic Studies, focusing on Orkney and Shetland studies.
  • To promote Orkney and Shetland culture and stimulate debate.  The Centre will provide educational opportunities at secondary and tertiary level for both local and external students.
  • To provide an overarching focus for locative research in Orkney and Shetland, including their relationship to the North Atlantic Rim.


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  • Shetland's Norse Identity: 'Da Norn is lang gien, but hit’s left a waageng'

    Jennings, A., 1 Apr 2021, Scotland and Islandness: Explorations in Economy and Culture. Burnett, K. (ed.). Peter Lang, (Studies in the History and Culture of Scotland Series).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

    Open Access
  • A Potential Viking Fort in Shetland: The extraordinary Kame of Isbister

    Jennings, A., 25 Sep 2020, Viking Encounters Proceedings of the Eighteenth Viking Congress. Pedersen, A. & Sindbaek, S. (eds.). Aarhus: Aarhus Universitetsforlag, p. 345-354 11 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

    Open Access
  • Laws and Assemblies

    Brink, S., Jul 2020, Pre-Christian Religions of the North. History and Structures, vol. 2: Contexts and Communication between Worlds. Andrén, A., Lindow, J. & Schjødt, J. P. (eds.). Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, Vol. 2. p. 445-479

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review