Completed Theses/Dissertations

Completed Theses/Dissertations

PhD Theses     MLitt Res Dissertations     MLitt Dissertations

Most of these dissertations are available to read at the Elphinstone Institute's Buchan Library. Many of the PhD dissertations can be read online via the University Library.

Selected PhD Theses

  • Dr Athanasios Barmpalexis (2020) - 'People, Land, Spirit': Contemporary Shamanism, Vernacular Healing, and the Realm of the Supernatural in North-East Scotland
  • Dr Erika Sidorenko (2019) - An Ethnographic Enquiry into the Use of Medicinal Wild Plants by the Gaelic-Speaking Native People of the Hebridean Isles
  • Dr Sheila Young (2017) - The Hen Party: A Study of the Form, Meaning, and Function of a Prenuptial Ritual for Women
  • Dr Pat Ballantyne (2016) - Regulation and Reaction: The Development of Scottish Traditional Dance with Particular Reference to Aberdeenshire, from 1805 to the Present Day
  • Dr Jennifer Lynn Fagen (2013) - 'The Fowk an the Lan, the Lan an the Fowk': Community Identity and the Landscape Heritage of Bennachie
  • Dr Irene Watt (2012) - An Ethnological Study of the Text, Performance, and Function of Lullabies
  • Dr Fiona-Jane Brown (2010) - Faith, Fear, and Folk Narrative: Belief and Identity in Scottish Fishing Communities
  • Dr Adam Grydehøj (2009) - Historiography of Picts, Vikings, Scots, and Fairies and Its Influence on Shetland's Twenty-First Century Economic Development
  • Dr Frances Wilkins (2009) - Old Ship of Zion: Singing in Evangelicalism in North-East and Northern Isles Scottish Coastal Communities 1859–2009

Selected MLitt Res Dissertations

  • Richard Bennett (2013) - Aspects of the Culture of the Whisky Industry in the North-East of Scotland: A Study of Cultural Change in Speyside Distillery Communities in the Post-War Period, 1946 to the Present Day
  • Janet M. Byth (2013) - Fintry, a Rural Aberdeenshire School: 180 Years in Its Community

Selected MLitt Dissertations

  • Sydney Hubbel (2022) - Stories on Skin: Tattoos as a Method of Storytelling
  • Brenna Quinton (2022) - Blended Beliefs: The Vernacular Religions of Divination Practitioners in Scotland with Backgrounds in Christianity
  • Michelle Soto (2022) - Seeking Claire-ity: An Ethnographic Study of Claire Brown's Connection to Her Traditional Beliefs throughout Her Life
  • Megan Vanderhoef (2022) - The Search for the Unknown
  • James Brown (2022) - The Wright Way: A Study of a Fairground Family in the North-East of Scotland
  • Sue Rhodes (2022) - The Red Telephone Box: Creative Communication
  • Elisabeth Flett (2021) - Bogha-Frois: Queer Voices in Folk – An Ethnographic Study of Scotland’s First Queer Folk Collective
  • Janet Tavendale (2021) - Twists and Turns of New Pitsligo Lacemaking: Yesterday and Tomorrow, Connected by Today
  • Iain Fraser (2020) - Fiddlers and their Fiddle Stories
  • Wenqiu Chen (2019) - ‘Come Aa Ye’: The Participation and Community Feel of the Aberdeen Folk Club
  • David Francis (2019) - The Dance Caller in Scotland: Practice, Role, and Function
  • Anne L. Greig (2019) - Mill of Tifty’s Annie: Gone but Not Forgotten?
  • Rebecca Palomino (2019) - Summitting Ben Macdui: Stories of the Big Grey Man and Other Anomalous Mountaineering Experiences
  • Mara Shea (2019) - The Fiddler’s Fingerprints: A Tune Book from 1850 Aberdeenshire
  • Eleanor Telfer (2019) - ‘Music Don’t kill’: Music in Contemporary Funerary Practices
  • Anna Joy Thigpen Hunt (2019) - Lily Grenall's Stories upon Stories
  • Emma Barclay (2018) - North Sea Quines: Personal Experience Narratives of Female Offshore Employees in the North Sea
  • Lauren Hossack (2018) - Over and About: Walking and Talking about Place through Aberdeen Walking Tours
  • Eilidh Whiteford (2018) - Young Quines and Auld Songs: A Study of Women Traditional Singers
  • Elizabeth Kent (2017) - Witchcraft in Contemporary Media: The North-East Perspective
  • Vera Nikitina (2017) - Cultural Differences in Everyday Clothing: Outsiders' View
  • Ryo Yamasaki (2017) - Stanley Robertson as a Writer: An Examination of his Writing Styles and Literary Works
  • Ali Anwar III (2016) - Scottish Folklore and the Digital Humanities: Bringing the Two Together
  • Maia Daniel (2016) - Storytelling in the Twenty-First Century: The Contemporary Application of Stories
  • Casey Rennie (2016) - Aberdeen Football Club: Standing Free in North-East Scotland
  • Tallen Sloane (2016) - Miriam’s Daughters: Narratives Celebrating Vernacular Jewish Religion, Culture, and Ethnicity throughout the North-East of Scotland
  • Ian Kinnear (2015) - The Curry Ceilidh: A Window on the Indian Community in the Highlands of Scotland
  • Heather Lodge (2015) - It Makes a Village: A Look into the the Place and Purpose of the Kincardine O'Neil Primary School within Its Community
  • Catriona Moore (2015) - Boundless Hospitality: A Study of Nigerian Foodways in Aberdeen
  • Athanasios Barmpalexis (2014) - Pagan Paths: Druidry and Shamanism in Modern Scotland
  • Jessica Doble (2014) - The Legacy of Stanley Robertson in North-East of Scotland Storytelling
  • Thitiphat Jaroonchaikuljaroen (2014) - Jack and His Storytellers: An Analaysis of the Jack Tales, their Defining Elements and the Thematic Sanitisation that Has Shaped Them
  • Christine Kydd (2014) - The Boys' Ploughing Match and Festival of the Horse: An Ethnographical Study of Form, Meaning and Function
  • Catherine Somerville (2014) - Donald MacDonald, Founder of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games: His Life and Interpretation of Scottish-American Identity
  • Natalie Brown (2013) - Traditional Music Education Today: A Research Project in North-East Scotland
  • Elizabeth Campbell (2013) - The Agricultural Mart: Its Place in Rural Culture Today?
  • James Johnson (2013) - Stanley Robertson: A Case Study of a Traveller's Supernatural Abilities and Experiences
  • Hazel MacFarlane (2013) - A Sense of Community: Staying Connected in Retirement
  • Wibke Reimer (2013) - Experiencing the Extraordinary: Encounters with the Supernatural Collected in and around Aberdeen
  • Lorna Summers (2012) - Salmon Fishing at Porsoy: An Ethnographic Study of the Salmon Net Fishers of That Town
  • Nicolas Le Bigre (2011) - Polish Immigrant Narratives of the North-East of Scotland
  • Carley Williams (2011) - Scottish Traditional Arts and the Cultural Commission: An Examination of the Role of Traditional Arts in Scotland's Cultural Strategies from 1999–2011
  • Callan Anne Stout (2009) - Stories for Performance: An Inquiry into the Storytellers in the North-East of Scotland and How They Negotiate the Acquisition, Transmission, and Performance of Oral Narratives under the Pressures of Imposed Value Systems and Personal Aesthetics
  • Dan Melnick (2008) - Scotch Whisky: Mythos and Phenomena
  • J. T. Winogrond (2008) - The Disappearance of Rural Family Landscape: Reminiscence of Commonty in Northern Scotland
  • Norman MacKenzie (2007) - Madame Isabel Murray, 1883–1972: 'She Taught Aberdeen Generations to Dance'
  • George Leslie Donaldson (2007) - A Study of National Service Conscription (1947–1963) Relating to the Experiences and Reflections of Participants from Scottish Communities
  • Iain Stewart (2006) - 'Nae Dainty Steps': A Folklorist's Ethnological Observations on 'Strip The Willow' in Scotland
  • Jen-Hao Cheng (2005) - Sacred Singing: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Gaelic Psalm Singing in Lewis and the Unaccompanied Sacred Songs of the Formosan Aboriginal Bunnun Tribe
  • Sara Reith (2005) - Alex Green, North-East Whistle Player: His Music and Identity
  • Shirley Ann Watson (2005) - The Evolution of Culloden Battlefield to Heritage Icon and the Changing Attitudes Towards It
  • Hilary Carby-Hall (2005) - An Exploration of the State of Children's Play on the Glenlivet Estate, Banffshire, at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century