The Elphinstone Institute will host a symposium in memory of much-missed Emeritus Professor W. F. H. Nicolaisen (1927–2016).

The conference of international scholars will be opened by the renowned folklorist, and onetime Nicolaisen student, Professor Simon Bronner, and will feature keynotes from Professor Carole Hough (University of Glasgow), Professor Cristina Bacchilega (University of Manoa, Hawai'i), and Dr Thomas McKean (Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen). The three days will be devoted to three key themes in Nicolaisens's work: Names, Narrative, and Ballads, and will demonstrate his enormous international influence in the fields of Onomastics and Folklore.

The symposium will run from Monday 24th July until Thursday 27 July 2017 at the Craig Suite of the Sir Duncan Rice Library, at King's Campus at Old Aberdeen.

Programme outline

Accommodation is available at Hillhead Halls of residence at the University. These rooms have limited availability and can be booked on a first-come first served basis. There are no double rooms. Prices as follows, all include Continental Breakfast.

Single Ensuite Room £37.50 per person per night; Single Standard Room in flat £32.50 per person per night; Single Standard Room in House £30.50 per person per night.

The ensuite rooms are 5 bedroomed flats with shared kitchen and social area. The standard flats are 5 bedroomed flats with shared showers and toilets, kitchens, and social areas. The standard houses are corridor style with all single bedrooms, shared showers and toilets, kitchens, and social areas.

Other accommodation in the City include:
Guest House options nearby:
The Jays Guest House, 422 King Street, Aberdeen AB24 3BR. Tel: 01224 638295 (www.jaysguesthouse.co.uk)
Alba Guest House, 444 King Street, Aberdeen AB24 3BS. Tel: 01224 625444 (www.albaguesthouse.co.uk)
Brentwood Villa Bed & Breakfast, 560 King Street, Aberdeen AB24 5SR. Tel: 01224 484261 (www.brentwoodvillabandb.com)

Hotels nearby the University:
Premier Inn Aberdeen City Centre, Inverlair House, West North Street, Aberdeen AB24 5AS. Tel: 0871 527 8008 (www.premierinn.com)
Aberdeen Northern Hotel, 1 Great Northern Road, Aberdeen AB24 3PS. Tel: 01224 483342 (www.aberdeennorthernhotel.com)

Hotels in the City:
Atholl Hotel, 54 King's Gate, Aberdeen AB15 4YN. Tel: 01224 323505 (www.atholl-aberdeen.co.uk)
Skene House Apartment Hotels, Aberdeen. Tel: 01224 659392 (www.skene-house.co.uk)

Field Trips:
Excursion 1 All day bus trip to Crathes Castle £15.00 (will include refreshment stops at own expense)
Excursion 2 Walking Tour of Old Aberdeen (2hrs) £10.00
Excursion 3 Evening trip to Pictish Stones and Harlaw Battlefield  £10.00 (will include dinner stop at own expense)