Dr Lisa Collinson

Academic Engagement & Research Lead

Contact Details

Telephone: +44 (0)1224 273046
Email: l.a.collinson@abdn.ac.uk
Personal website:

Cruel and Unusual facebook page:

Address: CB503, 50-52 College Bounds, Old Aberdeen



Teaching Fellow in Scandinavian Studies, University of Aberdeen


Research Fellow for University of Aberdeen project: 'Pathways to Power: The Rise of the Early Kingdoms of the North'.

Feb-May 2013

AHRC-funded Cultural Engagement post, developing researcher-led events in University of Aberdeen May Festival.


Coordinator of Medieval Nordic Laws Project (funded by Leverhulme Trust)

PhD: Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic (University of Cambridge)

Research Interests

Medieval literary and cultural history (Scandinavia and the British Isles)

Current Research

Medieval legal literature (Scandinavia and the British Isles)


Cruel and Unusual: an intermedia, research-based performance, with Adam Cresser, Ross Whyte and Candy Hatherley (11th May 2013, Divinity Library, University of Aberdeen).

Cruel and Unusual (The Witching Hour): reworking of 2013 performance (24th April 2014, Woodend Barn)

Research Grants

'Artists, Academics and Ancient Texts Performance Workshops', AHRC Collaborative Skills Development Award (May 2014-Feb 2015).

Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Newcastle, Glasgow School of Art, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

During these workshops, PhD candidates and early career researchers from a mixture of arts and humanities backgrounds responded creatively to ancient texts, and explored the nature of their creative responses, guided by Lisa Collinson (medievalist) and Ruth Barker (performance artist). A core workshop for nine participants washeld at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow in October 2014, and follow-up workshops with scratch performances were held in Aberdeen and Glasgow during the following weeks.

Teaching Responsibilities


HI 1526 Vikings! (co-ordinator/lecturer/tutor)

HI 1523 Renaissances and Reformations (tutor)

HI 1022 Europe in the Twentieth Century (tutor)

Access to Degree Studies: History (co-ordinator/lecturer)


CE 301Q Back in the Viking Homelands; HI 1020 Vikings! (occasional)


CE 1532 Celtic Scotland (co-ordinator/lecturer)


CU 5510 Trolls, Druids, and the Walking Dead (co-ordinator / lecturer / tutor)
CE 3085/4085 Tales of Vengeance and Enchantment: Medieval Irish Sagas (co-ordinator / lecturer / tutor)
HI 1018 Vikings! (tutor)


Tutor: Vikings; Romans, Celts, Druids, Warriors; Celtic Scotland; Renaissance and Reformations; Europe in the Twentieth Century

Admin Responsibilities

Erasmus co-ordinator (History)

Hamlet: Media / Public Engagement (Select)

Media: BBC (Weekly World News Quiz), Guardian,The Times (Scotland), The Times of India, Politiken and Politiken (Helge)Irish Independent, Irish Times.com, CBS News.com, pravda.ru

Public Lecture: 'Who is Hamlet? or What's in a Wounded Name?' Word Festival (2011)

'A New Etymology for Hamlet? The Names Amlethus, Amloði and Admlithi', Review of English Studies (2011), 675-94


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