Polar Law Symposium in Akureyri September 10-12, 2009

Polar Law Program, University of Akureyri, Iceland in collaboration with Polar Law Institute; Yearbook on Polar Law; The Stefansson Arctic Institute; The Northern Research Forum; and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists
announce the Second Akureyri Polar Law Symposium 2009
University of Akureyri, September 10-12, 2009
Location: Sólborg, room L 201


The Technological Development and Innovation Fund

The Technological Development and Innovation Fund announces an open presentation on the funds work, Tuesday August 25 at 3 pm in the house of Samtök atvinnulífsins Borgartún 35 in Reykjavík.

Further information in Icelandic here.

Lecture on John Levy´s Icelandic Collection

Wednesday, August 26, Katherine M. Campbell, lecturer at the University of Edinborg, will present at The Icelandic Centre for Ethnology and Folklore. Ms. Campbell´s lecture will discuss the collector, John Levy and his Icelandic collection.

For further information please contact the The Icelandic Centre for Ethnology and Folklore.

ICEF Spring Symposium

The Icelandic Centre for Ethnology and Folklore will have its spring symposium Saturday April, 11 in Hólmavík. During the symposium, various projects from the ICEF will be introduced as well as projects from collaborating partners. The symposium will start at 13.30 at Café Riis in Hólmavík. Further information is available in Icelandic on the ICEF website.

Master student receives research grant from the Westfjords Business Development Agency

Last week Atvest (The Westfjords Business Development Agency) announced that Bjarni M. Jónsson, a student in the Master´s program in Coastal and Marine Management, had received a grant for investigating ocean currents as an energy harvesting opportunity. Bjarni has already come to an agreement with Dr. Þorsteinn Ingi Sigfússon to be his supervisor for this project. Dr. Thorsteinn is a Professor of physics at the Science Institute of the University of Iceland and the Director General of Iceland's Center of Innovation.
The staff and students of the University Centre congratulate Bjarni and wish him all the best with the challenging and ambitious work ahead.

Master´s project/thesis grant in alternative energy utilization in the Westfjords.

Atvest (The Westfjords Business Development Agency) is interested in investigating in a formal manner the opportunities which might exist for alternative energy utilization in the Westfjords. Atvest and its special developing project VaxVest, is willing to sponsor a Master Student (ISK 200.000)- to conduct a study on the pros and cons of utilizing ocean currents as a means of creating energy.




The discussion on alternative sources of energy is growing around the world. Conditions in the Westfjords are characterized by large fjords, which in many cases have been semi-closed or crossed by roads and bridges. Such constrictions (Þveranir) create a high current through the crossing, a current which, by many, is considered to be an obvious source of energy.


Requirements and application:

  • Students must send a formal application with student's CV and a letter stating your interests and reasons for applying for this project (1-2 pages). Please send your application to thorp@atvest.is and shiran@atvest.is
  • The due date for applications is 02.03. 2009
  • The project is thought as 30 ECTS and students must work on it during 2009. Final report/thesis is expect to be finished by 01.01.2010.
  • The grant doesn't exclude other scholarships and grants that the student might get.


Research on the puffin population in the Westman Islands

Thursday, 29.01.09, 12:15-12:45 Hálfdan Helgi Helgason, master's student at the University of Iceland, will give a lecture on behalf of South Iceland's Nature Institute, with the title Lundarannsóknir í Vestmannaeyjum. The Lecture will be in Icelandic.

The Lecture will be transmitted by tele-conference and accessible at the Unviersity Centre, the research centre in Bolungarvík as well as in the Centre in Patreksfjörður. Further information (in Icelandic) in the announcement by the Nature Institute

The ICEF Humour Research Symposium

Held in Strandir, Iceland November 14th - 15th 2008

The Icelandic Centre for Ethnology and Folklore, in association with the University of Iceland, will host a symposium on approaches to humour within the fields of folklore, anthropology and related disciplines, at Hólmavík in the Strandir area of Iceland November 14th - 15th. The symposium aims to introduce, extend and elaborate on innovative approaches to humour as well as offering an insight into current Icelandic and international research. Papers will focus on various aspects of humour such as oral tradition, centre and periphery, the uses of satire and caricature, curating, mediazation and the practice of humour in transnational relations.

The symposium includes reception's at ICEF's exhibitions and will conclude with a banquet and an evening of humour.

Participants include:

Elliott Oring, California State University

Kristinn Schram, Icelandic Centre for Ethnology and Folklore

Kristín Einarsdóttir, University of Iceland

Kolbeinn Proppé, Fréttablaðið

Jón Jónsson, Storyworks/Sögusmiðjan

Sigurjón Baldur Hafsteinsson, District Cultural Centre in Húsavík

Additional papers are very welcome. Please send a short abstract to dir@icef.is . Papers to be 20 minutes in length (with an additional 10 minutes for questions). For more information, accommodation or suggestions for ‘alternate' sessions (displays etc) please contact dir@icef.is

Employee wanted

The University Centre of the Westfjords is looking for a part-time employee for janitorial services at the University Centre.
For further information contact Sigurður Arnfjörð, telephone 450-3043 or arnfjord@hsvest.is.

Applications should be sent as an attachment to arnfjord@hsvest.is or via mail to the University Centre of the Westfjords, Sudurgata 12 400 Ísafjörður.

The application deadline is October 31.

Routes to Landscapes

International workshop hosted by the Icelandic Centre for Ethnology and Folklore (ICEF), Hólmavík, October 10 - 11, 2008

Organised by the Department of Geography and Tourism, University of Iceland the Icelandic Tourism Research Centre and the Icelandic Centre for Ethnology and Folklore

Funded by The Nordic Landscape Research Network




The workshop's focus is on the ways in which people move in landscapes and the routes they follow in spatial as well as temporal way. Simultaneously, the workshop considers how landscapes change their forms and/or meanings as people move through them as well as considering landscapes as moving forces that can influence people's mobility and directions. Routes and directions, when considered from a spatial/temporal position, not only lead people to and from landscapes but also connect landscapes (or disconnect) and, moreover, make, construct and, even, transform landscapes. The directions, connections and makings and how they entwine will be at the forefront of this workshop. How these come together is linked through different types of mobilities, and, how people connect with and to the landscapes through their movements as well as through how landscapes move. In this context the seminar will also address the different technologies which provide the ways in which people can direct themselves into, through and out of landscapes since they are key elements in shaping the connections and constructing them.


Photography exhibition

An exhibition of photographs by the Danish photographer Brian Berg will be held in the ICEF centre. The exhibition Landscape in Motion is put together in cooperation with ICEF for the Routes to landscape workshop. It focuses on what the photographer calls the infrastructure of nature and nature of infrastructure and offers visually restricted views of the boundaries between civilisation and the wild.

Programme and speakers


Friday, October 10

14.00 - 14.30 Katrín Anna Lund, University of Iceland: Routes to landscape - an opening address.
14.30 - 15.00 Tim Edensor, Manchester Metropolitan University:
Moving through everyday landscapes: the pleasures of commuting through predictable space.
15.00 - 15.30 Mattias Qviström, Swedish University of Agricultural
Science: Tunnel vision: Exploring the heterogeneous heritage of railways and mechanical mobility in green-structure planning.
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 - 16.30 Arnar Árnason, University of Aberdeen: Speed is it.
16.30 - 17.00 David Crouch, University of Derby: Flirting with
landscape: Journeys and creativity.


Saturday, October 11

9.00 - 9.30 John Wylie, University of Exeter: Absence and
estrangement: Landscape and the limits of phenomenology.
9.30 - 10.00 Edward H. Huijbens, Icelandic Tourism Research Centre:
Emergent landscapes of power.
10.00 - 10.30 Patrick Olsson, The Regional Museum, Kristianstad: TBA.
10.30 - 11.00 Anna Jakobsson, Swedish University of Agricultural
Science: Ruled by motion & medicine, routine and ritual - the landscape of Ronneby Spa.
11.30 - 12.00 Kenneth R. Olwig, Swedish University of Agricultural
Science: "Biodiversity," "Biophilia" and the Roots/Routes of Landscape 12.00 - 12.20 Discussant TBA 12.20 - 13.00 General discussion

The workshop will be held at Pakkhúsið, Café Riis and is open to all interested

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