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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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  • 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)

    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. 20.

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

  • Legal Space in Late Iron Age and Early Medieval Scandinavia

    Sanmark, A., Oct 2020, "Rechtsräume": Historische und archäologische Annäherungen : Studien zur Europäischen Rechtsgeschichte. Ehlers, C. & Grewe, H. (eds.). Vittorio Klostermann, Vol. 4. p. 281-300 19 p.

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