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Taking Shetland Out of the Box – Conference

February 10, 2009

Island Cultures and Shetland Identity

Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland 7-10 May 2009

Keynote Speakers
Carsten Jensen
Bo Almqvist

The University of Aberdeen’s Elphinstone Institute, the UHI Millennium Institute’s Centre for Nordic Studies, and the Shetland Museum and Archives will hold an international, academic conference in Lerwick, Shetland, based at the Shetland Museum and Archives. Taking Shetland out of the Box: Island Cultures and Shetland Identity will consider the role of islands as meeting places for cultures and the influence these meetings have on the formation of local identity. A wide range of island communities and culturally-insular peoples will also be considered.

Taking Shetland out of the Box will place Shetland and other geographically and/or culturally insular communities in context through an interdisciplinary exploration of the elements of island identity. It will include studies in folklore, anthropology, history, heritage, branding, and geopolitics. The conference will be international in nature, featuring presenters from Europe, North America, Asia, Australasia, and the Middle East.

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