17 July 2017 W. F. H. Nicolaisen Memorial Symposium (24–27 July) We are pleased to announce that the programme schedule for the W. F. H. Nicolaisen Symposium (24–27 July) is now available to view here: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/elphinstone/documents/WFH_Nicolaisen_Symposium_Programme_Schedule.pdf

Registration is open to the public: http://www.store.abdn.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/conferences-symposia-seminars/elphinstone-institute/wfh-nicolaisen-memorial-symposium

Twenty-one scholars from the UK and abroad, as well as four local storytellers and singers, will be celebrating Bill's life and work with us, focusing on the three themes key to Nicolaisen's work: Names, Narratives, and Ballads. In addition to the papers, stories, and songs, there will be excursions, dinners, and a drinks reception kindly sponsored by The Folklore Society.

W. F. H. Nicolaisen (13 June 1927–15 February, 2016) was Honorary Research Fellow and Professor Emeritus at the Elphinstone Institute. A folklorist and onomastician, Bill had wide-ranging research interests including place names, contemporary legends, ballads, and folklore in literature among countless other subjects he wrote about in over 600 writings. From 1956 to 1969 he was head of the Scottish Place-Name Survey at the School of Scottish Studies in Edinburgh. In 2011, with students and colleagues from the Elphinstone Institute, Bill celebrated his sixtieth year of university teaching, an astounding achievement and testament to his dedication to students throughout his career.
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