Mimir's Well is a newspaper column in The Orcadian, run by the Institute for Northern Studies. In a light-hearted way, it explores topics relating to Orkney history, dialect, literature, and culture, which have come up in our daily work at the Institute. Institute for Northern Studies staff are responsible for this column, MLitt and Doctoral students and invited guest writers are often invited to contribute to it.
Andrea Blendl is working on a PhD with the title “Runic writing in the diaspora: Expression of a Norse identity?”. The project is based at the Institute for Northern Studies with additional supervision at the Centre for Scandinavian Studies in Aberdeen and Orkney Museum. It is funded through an Applied Research Collaborative Studentship from the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities. In this blog, Andrea discusses her research and anything to do with runes. Her old blog, from her first nine months of research, is here, while her new blog is here. You can also read more about Andrea's and other PhD Students' projects.
Rebecca Ford is working on a PhD with the title “Words and Waves: A Dialogical Approach to Discourse, Community, and Marine Renewable Energy in Orkney”. The project is based at the Institute for Northern Studies with additional supervision from the Anthropology Department within the University of Aberdeen's School of Social Science. In this blog, Rebecca discusses her research into the impact of Marine Renewable Energy in Orkney, and her experience of carrying out research in the community in which she grew up, and still lives.