Donna Heddle

Professor

  • United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Prof Heddle welcomes PhD enquiries, particularly interdisciplinary ones involving language, literature, and cultural identity. She has supervised PhDs in the following areas: Scottish dialects Visual Sociology Women's travel literature Scottish war poetry History of Scottish Fiddle music Technology and Identity History of the Shetland Boat Comparative Nordic cultural identities Perceptions of renewables in small communities The lives of the Scots herring girls

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19952020

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Research expertise

Research interests

Prof Heddle’s main research interests are the creation of new paradigms in Scottish and Northern isles studies, small island studies, Scottish language and literature in a European context, and Scottish cultural history. She is the author of a number of publications in these areas and is currently leading several national and international research and cultural tourism projects involving the North Atlantic rim. She is at present working on Scots-Nordic balladic synergies; the underpinning philosophy of Northern Studies; the Huguenot influence of Du Bartas on the poetry of the Scots Court under James VI; and geophysical and metaphysical correlations in historical depictions of Orkney. She is also working on a history of Highlands and Islands literature. She is particularly passionate about locative research - in the communities, by the communities, for the communities.

Keywords

  • PE English
  • Old Norse, medieval literature, Scots, Orcadian,
  • sagas
  • DL Northern Europe. Scandinavia
  • Vikings, Scotland, Scottish cultural history
  • Scottish identity, Scottish heritage

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Projects

Research Output

Upon the utmost corners of the warld: Orkney in early maps and literature

Heddle, D., 2020, What is North?: Imagining and Representing the North from Ancient Times to the Present Day. tbc ed. Brepols Publishers, Vol. tbc. p. tbc tbc. (The North Atlantic World).

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

  • Nordic Noir: Sagas and Sources

    Heddle, D., 30 Nov 2019, Vikings and the Vikings: Essays on Television’s History Channel Series. Hardwick, P. & Lister, K. (eds.). Jefferson, NC: McFarland, p. 21-35 15 p.

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

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    Finland

    Heddle, D., 2017, The SAGE encyclopedia of war: Social science perspectives. Joseph, P. (ed.). Thousand Oaks, Ca.: SAGE Publications Inc.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

    From Papay to Polynesia: a study of tourism in small islands

    Heddle, D. & Sanmark, A., 31 Jul 2017, 10 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access
  • Selkies, sex and the supernatural

    Heddle, D., Nov 2016, In : Bottle Imp. 20, p. 1-3

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access

    Scots (Orkney)

    Heddle, D., 2015, Alice in a world of wonderlands: the translations of Lewis Carroll's masterpiece. New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, Vol. 1. p. 504-507 3 p.

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

    Prizes

    David Masson scholarship

    Heddle, Donna (Recipient), 1993

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    David Masson scholarship

    Heddle, Donna (Recipient), 1994

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Faculty teaching fellowship

    Heddle, Donna (Recipient), 1994

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Most imaginative use of distance learning

    Heddle, Donna (Recipient), 2005

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    SCRAN award for online VLE and module development

    Heddle, Donna (Recipient), 2003

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Activities

    Bolstering Bólstaðir: Norse placenames in Lewis in context

    Donna Heddle (Speaker)

    31 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Hakon Hakonsson Memorial Lecture

    Donna Heddle (Speaker)

    3 Sep 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Lecture to British Archaeological Society

    Donna Heddle (Speaker)

    Aug 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Keynote speech and workshop

    Donna Heddle (Speaker)

    Apr 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Keynote speech

    Donna Heddle (Speaker)

    Apr 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Grand tour of Orkney

    Donna Heddle (Speaker)

    Dec 2015Jan 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Keynote speech

    Donna Heddle (Speaker)

    Mar 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Press / Media

    'Mask of Integrity' Design Innovation Inspired by Viking Women

    Donna Heddle

    16/09/20

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Scottish heritage course proving popular

    Donna Heddle

    28/04/20

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Why is New Year such a big deal in Scotland?

    Donna Heddle

    31/12/19

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Bid to harness spending powerâ(EURO)(TM) of NC500 tourists

    Donna Heddle

    24/06/19

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Thesis

    Today's No Ground to Stand Upon: A Study of the Life and Poetry of George Campbell Hay

    Author: Artymiuk, A., 29 Aug 2019

    Supervisor: Heddle, D. (Supervisor), Riach, A. (External person) (Supervisor) & Baker, T. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by OU/Aberdeen)

    File

    Romantic subjectivity: women’s identity in their nineteenth-century travel writing about Scotland

    Author: Beattie-Smith, G., 5 Jun 2017

    Supervisor: Heddle, D. (Supervisor), Fielding, P. (External person) (Supervisor) & Lumsden, A. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by OU/Aberdeen)

    File

    Between Scotland and Norway: connected cultures and intercultural encounters after 1700

    Author: Reeploeg, S., 20 Mar 2017

    Supervisor: Heddle, D. (Supervisor) & Brink, S. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by OU/Aberdeen)

    File

    Perceptions of the Social and Cultural Factors which have influenced the use of dialect in Orkney

    Author: Rendall, T., 10 Jun 2013

    Supervisor: Heddle, D. (Supervisor) & MacKinnon, K. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by OU/Aberdeen)

    File

    The implications of cultural interchange in Scalloway, Shetland, with reference to a perceived Nordic-based heritage.

    Author: Watt, A., 6 Mar 2013

    Supervisor: Heddle, D. (Supervisor), Greico, M. (External person) (Supervisor) & Brink, S. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by OU/Aberdeen)

    File

    Impacts

    Kirkwall Township Heritage Initiative Viking Walk

    Ragnhild Ljosland (Participant), Alexandra Sanmark (Participant), Donna Heddle (Participant), Victoria Whitworth (Participant), Crawford Barbara (Participant), Olwyn Owen (Participant), James Barrett (Participant) & Christopher Gee (Participant)

    Impact: Economic Impacts